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 complete the “Comprehensive Introduction to Managed Care Nursing” curriculum available from the American Association of Managed Care Nurses (AAMCN) at www.aamcn.org. At the completion of this course work (completion is defined as post-test and submitted and certificate received), the candidate has 4 months 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 by the Board of Directors.


Current registered nurse (RN) license or a license in practical nursing (LPN or LVN), clinical social work license (LCSW) or licensed as a professional counselor (LPC) 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 CE's, verification of current licensure as a Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Social Worker, Counselor and a $55.00 licensing fee. Documentation of an approved program of continuing education must be submitted to the ABMCN.

Registration & Examination Fee

To register send:

  1. Registration fee of $250

  2. Completed official application form

  3. Proctor agreement form

  4. Copy of current nursing license or social work license, or counselor license (online license verification accepted)

  5. Verification of basic knowledge attained

Examination information

The examination is offered through a proctor of your choice. The proctor can administer the exam in paper format or on a computer with secure internet access. There are multiple options for you to find an acceptable proctor:

  • Your supervisor, manager, human resources or continuing education representative can proctor your exam in-person or remotely

  • Anyone who already is CMCN or CMCP certified may proctor your exam

  • The exam is offered at both of AAMCN’s annual conferences for an additional $25

  • You may take the exam at your local library that offers proctoring services

  • You may take the exam at a college testing center

  • You may take the exam remotely with ExamRoom.AI for an additional $25

Examination scores are confidential. A Pass/Fail notification will be forwarded by US mail to the candidate within two weeks of receiving the completed examination.


How Do I Apply?

Write, Phone, Email or Fax
The American Board of Managed Care Nursing
4435 Waterfront Drive, Suite 101
Glen Allen, Virginia 23060
Phone 804.527.1905
Fax 804.747.5316


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.