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Nursing Performance Examinations

The Excelsior Nursing Performance Examinations (clinicals) measure a student's ability to perform the expected behaviors and skills as a new graduate registered nurse. There are 4 specific skills evaluated in the simulated lab and the skills involved in the patient care situations will be dependent on the patient population that weekend. Clinical exams include a one-to-one evaluation by a trained examiner, real and simulated clinical situations and an objective assessment of your skills. The performance examination is taken at a Regional Performance Assessment Center (RPACs).

CPNE Test Site Hospitals:

Northeastern Performance Assessment Centers

  • Albany Medical Center Hospital, Albany, NY (AMC)
  • St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany, NY (SPA)
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Syracuse, NY (SJH)
  • Faxon-St. Luke’s Healthcare, Utica, NY (FSL)
  • Chambersburg Hospital, Chambersburg, PA (CHP)
  • New York Medical Center Hospital of Queens, Flushing, NY (NYQ)
  • York Hospital, PA

Southern Performance Assessment Centers

  • NCH Healthcare System, Downtown/North, Naples, FL
  • Northside Hospital-Atlanta/Children’s Healthcare of ATL-Scottish Rite, Atlanta, GA
  • Southern Regional Medical Center, Riverdale, GA (SRM)
  • Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, GA (GRD)
  • Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah, GA (MHS)

Midwestern Performance Assessment Centers

  • Meriter Hospital, Madison, WI (MER)
  • St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center, Madison, WI (MSM)
  • Med Central Health Systems, Mansfield, OH (MCH)
  • Covenant Womens & Childrens Hospital—Lakeside Campus, Lubbock, TX (LUB)
Here is the performance exam for the ASN:
  • FCCA (Focused Clinical Competencies Assessment)
  • CPNE (Clinical Performance in Nursing Examination)

Excelsior College offers comprehensive study guides for these performance exams as well as a workshop to help you prepare for the CPNE.

There's help studying for the CPNE. has a CPNE kit available at our bookstore.

Here is the online BSN component:
  • Health Assessment and Promotion in Nursing Practice
  • Teaching Across Cultures
  • Professional Socialization
If you have questions about the performance exams, call Excelsior College Admissions office at 1-888-647-2388 or click here to read about the exams on Excelsior's site.
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