General Information BEFORE Exam
Eligibility & Fees
In addition to any requirements imposed by state licensing authorities, applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:
- Nurses (CHN, CPDN) — a valid RN, one year of experience in nephrology and current active participation in an ESRD facility.
- LPN or LVN: a valid LVN or LPN license, current active participation in an ESRD facility and for the following exams:
- CHN or CPDN Exam — two years of experience in nephrology;
- CHT Exam — one year of experience in nephrology.
- Technicians (CHT) — a photocopy of your state accredited high school diploma or official transcripts (with principal signature and/or school seal), one year (12 months) of experience in nephrology patient care and current active participation in an ESRD facility.
- If you are currently unemployed but have a minimum of 12 months experience as a dialysis patient care technologist, you will be required to have your immediate past supervisor sign your application and write a reference letter. All other stated requirements apply.
- PCTs with greater than 4 years work experience in dialysis, who lack evidence of a high school diploma, may use that work experience in lieu of the requirement for high school diploma.
- If you have no working experience as a patient care technician/technologist, you may apply to take the BONENT exam upon successful completion of a BONENT Approved Program up to 2 years after your program graduation date.
All experience must be verified by two signed letters of reference:
- One from the applicant's immediate supervisor
- The other from a professional, e.g., a peer or mentor in the field of nephrology (physician, technician, nurse, dietician)
Application Form (pdf)
|Locations Outside USA
Exam application fees and annual recertification fees are not deductible.
Examination results will not be released to the candidate until receipt of all application requirements and fees.
NO exceptions will be made.
|Incomplete Application Penalty
|Exam Withdrawals & Transfers
|Insufficient Funds Fee
Insufficient Funds Fee
Applications submitted without signed letters of reference, scholastic documentation, license or any other information left blank on the application will be assessed a $30 incomplete application fee.
A $50 Insufficient Funds Fee is assessed for any checks returned for Insufficient Funds or credit cards rejected by the financial institution.
Annual Certification Fee
To maintain a BONENT membership, nurses and technologists/technicians are required to pay an annual Certification fee of $55. Members are given two payment options — annually (@ $55), or four years in advance ($200). If fees are NOT received within 30 days of the due date, a $10/yr. late fee will apply in the first three years after certification and $20/yr. on the fourth year.
There is NO extra fee for the Recertification evaluation process and wallet card in the fourth year, but the annual Certification fee is still applicable. Learn more on How to Recertify.