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Pain Management Nursing Certification

Pain Management Certification Handbook (pdf)
Pain Management Exam is offered year-round via computer based testing at a time and location convenient to you. Testing centers are located in hundreds of cities across the U.S., as well as many international cities.

The Pain Management certification exam is a partnership venture between the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Society for Pain Management Nursing® (ASPMN®). ASPMN® members receive a discount rate for the pain management certification exam. Successful certificants will earn the credential RN-BC (Board Certified).

Contact ANCC at 800-284-2378 or

ANCC Reference List Effective June 9 2014

RECERTIFICATION: Time to recertify?


​The ASPMN® Core Curriculum for Pain Management Nursing is currently under revision and will be available in late 2017.​

Core Curriculum 

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ASPMN® Disclaimer: ASPMN® supports the ANCC in its mission to develop fair and reasonable exams to confer pain management nursing certification. However, ASPMN® is not involved in the selection of any of the test questions, in determining what constitutes passing the exam, and/or in determining any certification eligibility criteria. ASPMN®, as the organization that represents Pain Management Nursing, conducted the original role delineation study utilized by ANCC, developed the Core Curriculum in Pain Management Nursing, the Scope and Standards for Pain Management Nursing and Position Statements that constitute a framework for specialty practice.