Why Do I Need a Medical-Surgical Nurse Certification?

For the most part, certification in medical-surgical nursing is not required by employers. However, those who do attain certification may have an advantage when seeking a position as a med-surg nurse. Certification demonstrates that the nurse has a high level of knowledge and expertise in the field and can serve as a resource and leader to others. Moreover, certification allows for patients to build trust with nurses who are certified.

Where Can I Get a Medical-Surgical Nurse Certification?

There are two organizations that offer medical-surgical certification. They are as follows:

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

Certificate Name: Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification

Credential Awarded: RN-BC

Cost: Non-Member: $395, American Nurses Association member: $270

Certification Requirements & Eligibility

Requirements for initial certification through ANCC include:

  • Hold a current, active RN license
  • Have worked the equivalent of two years full-time as an RN
  • Have had a minimum of 2,000 hours of medical-surgical experience as an RN within the last three years
  • Have completed 30 continuing education courses in medical-surgical nursing within the previous three years

Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB)

Certificate Name: Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse

Credential Awarded: CMSRN

Cost: $375, AMSN members: $255

Certification Requirements & Eligibility

Eligibility for initial certification through MSNCB include the following criteria:

  • Have a current RN license
  • Have practiced at least 2 years as an RN in a medical-surgical setting
  • Have completed 2,000 hours of practice within the previous three years

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