Things to know before you purchase

How it works

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  1. Browse available modules by certification specialty, code or interest
  2. To see modules for your certification, select your certification specialty on the browse module page and all modules for your certification specialty appear.  Use the sort feature at the top of the page to view modules assigned to specific specialty codes for your certification specialty.
  3. Purchase module
  4. Read the resource material - available in your NCC website account under Modules and Tests
  5. Take and submit the test - available in your NCC website account under Modules and Tests
  6. All modules have expiration dates.  They expire at 11:59 pm CST on that date. 
  7. If you take a module on your maintenance due date, please note the time stamp on the module is CST and this time must be within your maintenance due date by 11:59 pm CST. 
  8. NCC does not offer CME, please ensure you can use CE before purchasing modules.

NCC modules are considered open book, you can go in and out of both the CE test and associated reading materials as long as you don't submit the test.   Once submitted, test and reading materials are no longer available for review or revision.  You have two opportunities to successfully complete the module. If you want to keep a copy of the reading resource materials for your own personal use or a copy of how you answered the questions, you must save these items BEFORE you submit the test.  Once the test is submitted, there is no further access.  You can print out the test before you submit it if you want to match your responses when you get your results.  Results are only afforded to those who are successful.  Otherwise the test will no longer be available once you submit it.  There are no refunds or test resets for failed modules. 

If you try to purchase a module that you already purchased and earned credit for it, a notice will alert to this fact. If you proceed to buy the module after this warning message, no refunds will be issued.   There are no refunds for expired modules.

NCC CE Modules are all online products

NCC ONLY offers online modules.  Online modules can be printed out -- both reading materials and test.  BUT the test must be submitted online.  You can read the modules offline and fill out the answers to the test offline and then transfer your answer to the online test for submission.

Online Purchasing Overview

  • Order online at the NCC website
  • Receive email confirmation of your order
  • Access and print reading materials and take the test via the Modules and Tests page in your NCC website account
  • Read the materials (can print them out to read).  Once the module is completed the reading material is no longer available so print it out if you are interested in keeping it.
  • Take the test online.  You can go in and out of the test as long as you don't submit your answers.
  • Achieve a passing score of 70% and your CE credit and certificate is immediately available in your NCC website account CE History.  If applicable, the module is automatically posted and specialty coded to  your online maintenance application.
  • If not successful, you can retake the test one more time at no charge.  No feedback will be given to those who are not successful until a minimum score of 70% is achieved.  

Reading materials are provided in one of two formats: as a PDF file or via a link to the publisher website to download the materials.

When accessing materials from a publisher website, it is important that:

  • the cookie setting on your computer is enabled 
  • you don't have special filters that may interfere with accessing materials
  • if you get a notice that you need pay for the materials, this usually means your browser is incompatible with the publisher site and you access with another browser or if you are not using the latest browser version,  you should update it and try reaccessing.

If accessing from an employer computer, you may be denied access due to your employer's firewall set up. You would need to contact your IT department to disable such firewalls. In many cases, using a different computer for access resolves the conflicting issue. The form of the reading materials are dictated by the publisher and they determine how we can provide access to these copyrighted materials.

There are no refunds, exchanges or transfers for NCC CE modules. 


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Online submission results

CE  modules with online test submission will have the results available immediately. Passing results will generate a certificate of completion, found in your account, select CE History.  If successful, you will see a copy of your examination noting the questions you got right or wrong.  If you wish to have future access to this information, print out a copy.  This information is not saved to your account.  If you want future reference to either the reading materials or test, it is recommended that you print them prior to submission of your test.

CE module activity is automatically posted and specialty coded to your online maintenance application.  You will not have to enter or code these activities as it is done for you. Please note you cannot change the code of the CE module or use a CE module for maintenance if it is not coded to your specialty.  If you are not successful, you can retake the test a second time at no charge.  No feedback is provided to those who are not successful. Modules do not offer CME.


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Modules based on book chapters or articles (online modules)

  • $19.00 for 5 contact hour modules
  • $29.00 for 10 contact hour modules
  • $39.00 for 15 contact hour modules

There are no refunds or exchanges for NCC CE modules.

There are no refunds for those who do not achieve a passing score.

There are no refunds for expired modules.

There will be a $30 fee for any returned check or chargeback on a credit card purchase.

Only Visa, Mastercard, and American Express credit cards are accepted.  Debit cards or other types of cards are NOT accepted. You can also pay by check. Please note that this may show up as "Paypal on your bank account or credit card. 

All modules are online products.  

Discounts on Maintenance Fees When Using NCC CE Modules

Discounts are afforded on NCC maintenance fees if you used NCC CE modules to maintain your NCC Certification.  (this applies only to core certifications and not certificate of added qualification)

  • If 15 hours of CE are used from NCC CE modules, the maintenance fee will be $80
  • If 30 hours of CE are used from NCC CE modules, the maintenance fee will be $70
  • If 45 hours of CE are used from NCC CE modules, the maintenance fee will be $60

All those certified must file a maintenance application and pay a maintenance fee to maintain their credential.

Specialty codes for maintenance

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Applicable NCC CE is automatically entered and coded in your application. Use the CE coding Catalogs to code other CE activities earned from other sources. There are coding books for all Core and Subspecialty Certifications. To learn more about content topics and their specialty visit Is my CE acceptable?  

Group discount module program

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For Groups
Purchase NCC online modules for your staff in packs of 10, 25, 50 or 100.

Overview of the group discount program

The group discount program is a great way to provide NCC online CE modules to your staff for:

  • Continuing competency initiatives
  • Learning the new and latest practice updates
  • Maintaining their NCC certification
  • Providing orientation or refresher courses for new or returning employees

You can purchase multi-packs in the amount of 10, 25, 50 or 100 modules. Discounts are afforded but the more you purchase, the greater the discount. You have one year from the time of purchase to use the voucher codes.  Once the modules are obtained with the voucher code they can be taken any time prior to the date of expiration listed on the module. 

What modules are available

Any NCC web-based (online) module can be purchased through the group discount program.

Group discounts are provided for $19.00, $29.00 and $39.00 modules as follows:

Quantity Purchased Discount in % off
10 21%
25 25%
50 27%
100 30%
500 33%

How it Works - Purchaser

  • Create an NCC account
  • Select quantity for each package of modules (bundled according to price) you wish to purchase
  • Your purchase confirmation will contain a group discount voucher code for each package purchased
  • Distribute code(s) to your participants
  • You will be sent an email notification each time a voucher code is redeemed for module purchase and can also monitor purchases from your account

Order group discount package

How it works - Participants:

    • Create an NCC account
    • Enter the voucher code provided by your Institution
    • Select a module from the list of eligible modules in that package
    • Complete contact information and submit the order
    • Go to the Modules and Tests page in your account to access reading materials and test
    • Receive feedback and certificate if successful 
    • Once completed you can obtain your certificates in the "CE History" link in your account
Redeem a group discount voucher code

Course Bundles

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Overview of the program

The course bundle program is a great way to create a custom bundle of NCC online CE modules aligned with your curriculum. NCC does not offer CME. 

What modules are available

Any NCC web-based (online) self-assessment module can be included in a course bundle.

How it Works - Faculty:

  • Create an NCC account
  • Enter course information and select NCC modules to bundle for student purchase
  • Your course confirmation will contain a course code
  • Distribute this code to your students
  • By signing into your account on the NCC website you will be able to view those who have purchased your course bundle and monitor test results for each student.
Create a course

How it works - Students:

  • Go to Purchase a course bundle under the Continuing Education tab
  • Create an NCC account
  • Enter the course code provided by faculty
  • Review required modules and add to cart
  • Complete contact information, enter payment and submit order
  • Go to the Modules and tests page in your account to access reading materials and test
  • Receive feedback and certificate if successful
  • Test results will be reported to faculty
Purchase a course bundle


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Accreditation information:

All NCC CE Modules are: Provider approved by the California Board of Nursing Provider #15157. NCC does not offer CME.

Pharmacology hours

NCC does designate pharmacology hours for those modules designated as pharmacology modules.

Module expiration dates

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In order to keep our continuing education modules current—All modules have expiration dates. Once expired, modules are no longer available online.  Please note the expiration date before committing to purchase.  Once expired, they will no longer be accessible from your account.  There are no refunds or exchanges for expired modules.

Online submission deadlines

Online test submissions for modules have posted expiration dates and must be submitted for scoring by 11:59 PM CST on 12/31 of the year they expire or they will not be scored. One example is as follows: 

Online test submissions for modules with a 12/31/20XX expiration date must be submitted for scoring by 11:59 PM CST on 12/31/20XX or they will not be scored.