Nursing Certification

The Certified Nurse demonstrates the knowledge, skill and attitude associated with outstanding patient care.  UCLA Health Nursing is committed to supporting all nurses to achieve their specialty certification through various methods of educational and financial support. 

What is certification?

  • Evidence of a nurse's ability to provide excellent care beyond the scope of basic RN licensure
  • Demonstrated by passing a standardized, national exam
  • Specialty specific
  • Identified by credentials (e.g. RN-BC, CCRN, CEN, OCN, etc.)
  • Awarded by the relevant national nursing professional organization (e.g. ANCC, AACN, BCEN, ONS, etc.)

Why do nurses get certified?

  • To improve patient outcomes
  • Professional development and personal growth
  • Highlight mastery of specialized skills for patient care

Upcoming Certification Review Courses

View Upcoming Certification Courses


For questions, contact:
Kathleen Feldman, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
Accredited Provider Program Director
Center for Nursing Excellence 
[email protected]