Eligibility Requirements


Course Work

Candidates must meet an acceptable minimum level of basic knowledge of the following components:

1.       Managed Care Overview

2.       Healthcare Economics

3.       Healthcare Management

4.       Patient Issues

Basic knowledge is verified in one of two ways:

  1. Candidates can purchase the curriculum material from the American Association of Managed Care Nurses (AAMCN) at www.aamcn.org/home_study.html. At the completion of this course work (completion is defined as posttest received and passed), the candidate has 120 days to sit for the exam. Course materials may not be shared with other candidates for eligibility requirements.
  2. Candidates can submit a signed job description, resume and educational background that attests to completion of equivalent course work taken elsewhere to the ABMCN Board of Directors for approval to sit for the exam. Review of candidates submitting this form of eligibility is performed on a quarterly basis by the Board of Directors.


Current registered nurse license or a license in practical nursing or clinical social work license in any American State, territory, or protectorate.


The certification will be renewed at three-year intervals beginning January 1st following the completion of the certification exam, if the nurse demonstrates on going professional development with proof of 25 hours of continuing education, verification of current licensure as a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse, and a $55.00 licensing fee. Documentation of an approved program of continuing education must be submitted to the ABMCN.

Suggested Reading Materials

The following reference materials are provided to help examination candidates.  Please be aware that this reading list does not completely delineate the parameters of the examination.  It is merely a suggested means for reviewing your personal education and practical experience in the field.  These are only suggestions for additional information.

Leadership and Nursing Care Management. Huber, Diane. Fifth Edition. Elsevier Health Sciences. 2013.

Introduction to Care Coordination and Nursing Management. Fero, Laura J., Charlotte Herrick, and Jie Hu. Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Sudbury, MA. 2011.

Essentials of Managed Health Care.  Kongstvedt, Peter R.  Fifth Edition.  Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Sudbury, MA.  2007

Essentials of Managed Health Care.  Kongstvedt, Peter R.  Sixth Edition.  Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Sudbury, MA.  2013.

Managed Care: What It Is and How It Works.  Kongstvedt, Peter R.  Third Edition.  Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Sudbury, MA. 2009.

The Managed Health Care Handbook.  Kongstvedt, Peter R.  Fourth Edition.  Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Sudbury, MA. 2001

The Case Manager's Handbook. Mullahy, Catherine, and Deborah Jensen. Fifth Edition. Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Sudbury, MA. 2013.

Rehabilitation Nursing: Prevention, Intervention and Outcomes.  Hoeman, Shirley.  Fourth Edition. Mosby Elsevier, St. Louis, MO.  2007     

Nursing Case Management: From Essentials to Advanced Practice Applications. Cohen, Elaine, and Toni G. Cesta. Elsevier Mosby. 2005.                                                      

A Nurses Introduction to Managed Care.  American Association of Managed Care Nurses, 2007. Third Edition. 2011.

Case Management: A Practical Guide to Success in Managed Care, Powell, Suzanne K. Second Edition. Lippincott-Raven Publishers.  1999 

The ABMCN does not benefit financially from any course work or materials used to prepare for the ABMCN board examination.

Registering for the CMCN or CMCP Examination

Once coursework or proof of education is completed, please send:
1. Examination fee of $250

2. Completion of
official application form

Proctor Agreement Form

4. Copy of current nursing or clinical social work license

Examination Information

The CMCN examination is offered through a Proctor. Your Supervisor, Human Resources or Continuing Education representative or any other person (manager, supervisor or current CMCN) not eligible for the CMCN can Proctor your exam. 

Examination scores are confidential. A Pass/Fail notification will be forwarded to the candidates address on the application, within eight weeks following the examination date. 

The CMCN designation is strictly limited to those individuals who: 

1.       Have met all the criteria of the ABMCN, and have been officially notified of their certification by the ABMCN.

2.       Have renewed their certification as required by the ABMCN.

3.       Other individuals who represent themselves as being certified may be subject to legal action.

4.       Candidates who receive a non-passing grade may retake the exam again with submittal of new application paperwork and examination fee.

How Do I Get An Application?

Click on the menu tab “Exam Application” to submit your application on line. You may also call April at 804-527-1905 or email her at asnyder@abmcn.org for an application. If you prefer to mail or fax your application, you may complete the online form and print it out. This can be faxed to 804-747-5316 or mailed to:     

The American Board of Managed Care Nursing
4435 Waterfront Dr., Ste. 101, Glen Allen, VA 23060
Phone   804.527.1905
Fax       804.747.5316

April Snyder