CNL Certification Exam

Face mask may be required during the check in process. If you do not have one, you may not be allowed to test.
*The Office of Testing and Disability Services is not responsible for payments made for CNL, please contact the testing company for rescheduling or refunds on all cancelled exams.

We highly encourage you to take the CNL certification exam. Professional certification is a prestigious standard that will promote your career and allow you to use the credentials ‘CNL’. National certification is highly valued in our profession and should be included on your resume/CV. In addition, many institutions offer financial incentive to certified nurses. For more information about the CNL, please check out this video Certified Clinical Nurse Leaders.

Augusta University’s goal is to have an 80% certification rate for graduates of the MSN Clinical Nurse Leader program. Have a look at the CNL certified nurses in Georgia and let’s make that number grow (look under CNL Directory, CNLs listed by State)!

Official CNL Cert Exam website

Exam Format: 100% Multiple choice

For more information regarding deadlines and registration fees please visit CNL Exam Website.


The Augusta University Summerville Testing Center is an approved testing center for the CNL exam and is offering the exam on the following dates:

Testing Date: Testing Time:
April 27, 2020 CANCELLED

All exams will take place from 9:00am-12:00pm at Augusta University Summerville Campus Testing and Disability Services center, Augusta, GA. 

Phone: 706-737-1469

Augusta University Summerville Campus, Galloway Hall: Drive up Walton Way, turn into the main Summerville campus entrance (circle with fountain). Make a left around the fountain, keep taking the road around we are located in the first building on the left side of the road. You can park in any unmarked parking spot once you have obtained a visitor parking pass. To obtain a visitor parking pass, please visit Parking and Transportation Services located on the Summerville Campus. 

If you are interested in taking the CNL exam at another location, you can find a testing center by by visiting: CNL Certification Exam Dates & Fees

Application Process:

  • Online application through CNC. Payment is submitted directly to CNC.
  • School of nursing verification form is NOT required if testing at Augusta University.
  • CNL Standards of Conduct
  • CNL Education Documentation Form* (attached to email). This form has been pre-filled, but you must complete the following sections:
    1. Part I: personal contact information
    2. #5: complete the last part about the institution and type of unit where you completed your practicum. Please identify the patient population if the name of the unit does not clearly describe this. i.e. medical oncology
    3. Date of program completion
    • Return this form to me by email, mail, or fax for program director’s signature. We will email the completed form directly to CNC if you have completed your sections as described above.

*This is the only part of the application process that the Augusta University CNL Program is involved with. If you have questions about other forms, payment, changing exam dates or locations, please contact CNC directly.

QUESTIONS? Contact the Commission on Nurse Certification.

Telephone:  202-463-6930, ext. 226 or ext. 242;

If you are sending the education documentation form by mail or fax, our information is below:

Augusta University, College of Nursing
c/o Emily Holsey EC-5507
987 St Sebastian Way
Augusta, GA 30912
Fax 706-721-1878

Study Resources 

  • Additional review materials can also be located through the Publications/Resources link.
    • Harris, J. & Roussel, L. (2010). Initiating and sustaining the Clinical Nurse Leader role: A practical guide. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Barlett Publishers.
    • King, C. & Gerard, S. (2013). Clinical Nurse Leader certification review. New York:  Springer Publishing Company. ISBN-10: 0826171176 | ISBN-13: 978-0826171177. You can have a “look inside” on the Amazon website.