Exam Criteria, Description, and Objectives

Criteria

Registered Nurse or Clinical Nurse Specialist:

  • Completion of a nursing education program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Two (2) years working as a Registered Nurse (RN) with a minimum of 800 clinical practice hours of providing patient care to urologic patients.
  • Current active, unrestricted professional license in the US or its territories.

Associate LPN/LVNs:

  • Current licensure as a practical/vocational nurse.
  • One year of experience as an LPN/LVN in urology nursing practice.

Other Associates:

  • Completion of an accredited training program and one year of practice in the field of urology, or three (3) years of in-service training under the supervision of a practicing urologist or Nurse Practitioner (NP), with a letter of verification from the urologist or NP.

Nurse Practitioner:

  • Completion of a nursing education program accredited by the NLNAC or the CCNE, two (2) years working as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) with a minimum of 800 clinical practice hours of providing patient care to urologic patients, plus current recognition by the state board of nursing as a Nurse Practitioner (NP). (If currently certified as a Certified Urologic Registered Nurse (CURN) the NP requires one (1) year of NP experience with 800 clinical practice hours of providing patient care to urologic patients.
  • Hold current certification as a nurse practitioner from a national certifying board: American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC), National Certification Corporation (NCC), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or Pediatric Nurse Certification Board (PNCB).
  • Certification by the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC), National Certification Corporation (NCC), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or Pediatric Nurse Certification Board (PNCB) in a generalist area.

International Candidates

  • Completion of education and practice requirements as stated above for Associate, Registered Nurse, and/or Nurse Practitioner.
  • Hold a license/registration as a first level general nurse.
  • Examination provided in English only.
  • Presidential discretion may be used in determining applicant eligibility.

Description

Urology Associate

There are 175 questions on the examination. The urologic practitioner must be knowledgeable in all areas of urology. The Content Area percentages and the Practice percentages for the exam items are included in the Certification Preparation Guide. The Certification Preparation Guide has been designed as a guide to help focus your attention on areas of particular emphasis as determined by practice analysis and is not meant to be all-inclusive.

As of October 2013, the new passing score for the CBUNA Associate exam was determined and set at 72% by using the Angoff Procedure.

Urology Nurse Practitioner

There are 175 questions on the examination. The nurse practitioner must be knowledgeable in all areas of urology. Therefore, the test content is broad and comprehensive. The examination is an objective test covering knowledge, understanding and application of urologic theory and practice. The Certification Preparation Guide has been designed as a guide to help focus your attention on areas of particular emphasis as determined by practice analysis and is not meant to be all-inclusive.

As of October 2011, the passing score for the CBUNA Nurse Practitioner exam was determined and set at 74% by using the Angoff Procedure.

Urology Registered Nurse

There are 175 questions on the examination. The urologic nurse must be knowledgeable in all areas of urology. The Content Area percentages and the Practice percentages for the exam items are included in the Certification Preparation Guide. The Certification Preparation Guide has been designed as a guide to help focus your attention on areas of particular emphasis as determined by practice analysis and is not meant to be all-inclusive.

As of November 2012, the passing score for the CBUNA Registered Nurse exam was determined and set at 70% by using the Angoff Procedure.

Objectives

Urology Associate

To measure the associate's ability to:

  • Review normal anatomy of the genitourinary (GU) system and identify how alterations predispose patients to common urological problems, in both the pediatric and adult population.
  • Identify the common GU congenital anomalies, their signs and symptoms, and the diagnostic evaluation.
  • Apply the principles of nursing to the caring management of urologic patients throughout their lifecycle.
  • Describe treatment modalities for adult urologic problems including the patient preparation process, the potential complications, and the expected outcomes of each treatment.
  • Describe treatment modalities for the pediatric urologic problems and the role of the associate in patient and family preparation, monitoring complications, and recognizing the expected outcomes.
  • Identify the common pediatric anomalies and the care associated with these patients as they move into adulthood.
  • Understand the different classifications of drugs used to treat urologic conditions, their indications for use and potential side effects and interactions.
  • Describe the diagnostic imaging studies used to evaluate urologic conditions as well as the preparation process, the indications for use, and the contraindications.
  • Recognize the diagnostic laboratory studies used to diagnosis urologic problems: the normal values and the implications of abnormal results.
  • List the surgical instruments, equipment, and supplies commonly used during urologic procedures.
  • Apply principles of asepsis to care of urologic patients.
  • Develop, implement, and teach the principles for promoting a safe environment for patients undergoing an urological procedure both in a clinic setting and in the operating room.

Urology Nurse Practitioner

To measure the practitioner's ability to:

  • Assess health history and physical findings systematically.
  • Differentiate between normal and abnormal growth, development, and physiology.
  • Identify common adult and pediatric genitourinary problems.
  • Select appropriate treatment modalities for adult and pediatric urologic problems.
  • Recommend appropriate pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic management approaches.
  • Assess response to pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic therapies.
  • Select diagnostic studies to evaluate genitourinary conditions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the appropriate indications for invasive urologic procedures.
  • Apply the principles of nursing to the care of urologic patients.
  • Compare treatment options for urologic cancers, and evaluate methods that monitor progression.
  • Formulate teaching plans to address genitourinary problems for patients, their families and the community.
  • Evaluate interventions in relationship to desired outcomes, including quality improvement and care coordination.
  • Correlate risk factors with specific urologic conditions.
  • Explain and identify relevant governmental and professional practice standards.

Urology Registered Nurse

To measure the RN's ability to:

  • Detect alterations in genitourinary anatomy and physiology.
  • Differentiate between normal and abnormal growth and development.
  • Identify adult and pediatric genitourinary problems.
  • Select appropriate treatment modalities for adult and pediatric urologic problems.
  • Evaluate laboratory findings with respect to genitourinary pathology.
  • Classify drugs used to treat urologic problems.
  • Assess patient response to pharmacologic therapy.
  • Compare diagnostic studies used to evaluate genitourinary alterations.
  • Describe the use of various urologic instruments and supplies.
  • Apply principles of asepsis to care of urologic patients.
  • Assess progression of urologic cancers.
  • Formulate teaching plans to address genitourinary problems for patients, their families and the community.
  • Evaluate interventions in relationship to desired outcomes.
  • Relate new trends and research from urologic literature.