The Certified Breast Care Nurse (CBCN®) examination tests the knowledge necessary for the nurse to practice competently in the specialty of breast care nursing. CBCN® is the only nationally accredited breast care nursing certification that is available exclusively to registered nurses, and that encompasses the entire spectrum of breast care nursing practice. This certification validates an individual's knowledge of breast care nursing. Candidates who pass the CBCN® Test may use the certification mark "CBCN®" to verify that they have met all eligibility and testing requirements. The certification mark may be used only as long as certification is valid, after which time certification may be renewed. CBCN® certification is valid for four years.
The CBCN® Test Candidate Handbook contains information you need to know to prepare for a CBCN® test. It includes information about test content, references, and certification policies. When you apply for a test, you must affirm you have read, understand, and accept the conditions described in the Test Candidate Handbook about test administration, reporting of scores, and certification policies. ONCC strongly recommends that you review the Test Candidate Handbook.
If you are testing in 2014, please refer to the 2014 CBCN® Test Candidate Handbook.
Use the links below for information about applying and preparing for a test.
CBCN® Test application information – use the links below to locate specific information
- Eligibility Criteria
- 2015 Test Dates, Application Deadlines and Fees (PDF)
- Apply Online (registration opens in November 2014)
- Acceptable Approval Bodies/Providers of Nursing Continuing Education – required for initial CBCN® certification
- Special Accommodations for Americans with Disabilities
- Credential Evaluation Services for Candidates Educated or Licensed Outside the US
- International Testing Information (PDF)
CBCN® Test content information – use the links below to locate specific information
- 2015 CBCN Test Candidate Handbook (PDF)
- About the CBCN® Test
- CBCN® Test Blueprint (PDF)
- 2015 CBCN® Test References (PDF)
- Sample Test Items
- Study Tips
- Practice Tests
- Review Courses
- Breast Care Role Delineation Study Executive Summary - 2012 (PDF)
Make a Test Appointment
Test Day Information
- About Computer-Based Testing
- Identification Requirements for Admission to Test (PDF)
- Taking the Test
- What to Expect at the Test Center
- Test Scores, Score Reports, and Cancellation of Scores