Become a Certified Nurse Manager and Leader

The Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) credential is designed exclusively for nurse leaders in the nurse manager role.

*As of 8/31/2017, the discounted member price for new certifications will be available to AONE members only. **As of 8/31/2018, the discounted member price for certification renewals will be available to AONE members only.

Requirements for CNML Certification

  • Valid and unrestricted license as a registered nurse.
  • Bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree or higher plus two years (or 2080 hours) of experience in a nurse manager role.
    • Or a non-nursing bachelor’s plus three years (3120 hours) of experience in a nurse manager role.
    • Or a diploma or associate degree plus five years (5200 hours) of experience in a nurse manager role. One year experience is a minimum of 1,040 hours per year.

Exam Resources

  • Learn about the CNML Program Steering Committee
    • Elizabeth Abderrahman, MS, MBA, CNML, RN, Murphy, TX
    • Julie Gorczyca, RN, MHSA, CNML, Grand Blanc, MI
    • Wanda Johanson, RN, Aliso Viejo, CA
    • Julie Krebs, BA, Aurora, CO
    • Susan Nelmark, MA, RN, CNML, Duluth, MN
    • Tanya Osborne-McKenzie, MSN-MBA, RN, CCRN, BSN, CNML,Salinas, CA
    • Tamara Sebolt, RN, MSN, CNML, Iowa City, IA
    • Sharon Tobias, MSN, RN, CCM, PCCN, CNML, Cary, NC
    • Pamela Thompson, MS, RN, CENP, FAAN, Washington, DC
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  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • Prepare for the Exam
  • CNML Exam Handbook
  • Testing Locations
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    For questions about the CNML exam contact aone@aha.org.

    On March 2016, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted accreditation to the American Organization of Nurse Executives Credentialing Center (AONE-CC) for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. The NCCA Standards were created in 1977 and updated in 2003 to ensure certification programs adhere to modern standards of practice for the certification industry. AONE-CC joins an elite group of more than 120 organizations representing over 270 programs that have received and maintained NCCA accreditation. More information on the NCCA is available online at www.credentialingexcellence.org/NCCA or by calling 202/367-1165.

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