The Certified Bariatric Nurse (CBN) Program is designed to assess the professional competence of practitioners of Bariatric Nursing.
Our vision is to provide the premier credential to professional nurses caring for the severly obese and bariatric surgical patient.
The RN Certification Committee and the Certification Advisory Committee of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery are dedicated to enhancing and promoting the specialty of bariatric nursing care.
Eligibility Requirements for Certification
In order for candidates to sit for the CBN examination they must satisfy the following eligibility criteria, including compliance with the ASMBS standards of conduct:
Be currently licensed as Professional Nurse (RN or equivalent for international nurses) in one of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico.
a. A valid license number must be entered when applying online.
b. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) are not eligible to sit for the examination.
International nurses are eligible to sit for the CBN examination.
a. Acceptable international nurses’ licensure will be determined on an individual basis by the ASMBS.
b. The examination is based on a practice analysis of nursing care of patients with severe obesity and bariatric surgical patients in the United States of America.
c. The examination will only be offered in the English language.
d. Currently the examination is offered in testing locations throughout the world through a commercial testing distribution network.
Complete a minimum of 24 months (within the preceding 4 years) of nursing care of patients with severe obesity and bariatric surgery patients, predominately in the Bariatric surgery process. (i.e.: pre-operative, peri-operative or post operative/follow up care).
a. This may include an RN who serves in a practice role that includes but is not limited to educational, administrative, leadership, quality, or advanced practice serving the bariatric population.
b. The CBN committee will review eligibility when there is question.
Adhere to the CBN Certification Standards of Conduct.
a. Candidates are required to confirm acceptance of a statement on the application form that they understand violations of the CBN Standards of Conduct may result in loss of eligibility for the CBN certification.
Download the 2021 CBN Handbook
2022 CBN Exam Important Dates
Test Window 1
Exam Administration: January 15 through February 28, 2022
Early Online Registration Opens: October 18, 2021
Early Registration Deadline: December 13, 2021
Regular Registration Deadline: January 11, 2022
Test Window 2
Exam Administration: July 8 through August 29, 2022
Early Online Registration Opens: March 21, 2022
Early Registration Deadline: May 23, 2022
Regular Registration Deadline: July 1, 2022
New CBN Exam Study Guide
To access the newly published CBN exam study guide please click here.
Questions about the application process and administration of the CBN examination should be directed to:
18000 W 105th Street
Olathe, KS 66061
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