Test Accommodations - Virginia

Test Accommodations - Virginia

We provide appropriate arrangements to individuals who demonstrate a documented need in order to provide candidates with full access to the test. Test accommodations are individualized, so we consider them on a case-by-case basis in partnership with your testing program.

How To Apply For Virginia Test Accommodations


Obtain supporting documentation from a qualified professional

Qualified professional must provide written documentation within the preceding two years addressing the following:

  1. Evaluation should include a professionally recognized diagnosis of the disability and identification of the standardized and professionally recognized tests/assessments given (e.g. Woodcock-Johnson, Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, Audiology Assessment, Comprehensive Eye Exam).

  2. If testing was completed more than two years prior to this request, a physician or psychologist must provide a summary stating why current testing is not needed (e.g. the disability does not change over time and new testing would not reveal new information).

  3. The scores resulting from testing, interpretation of the scores, and evaluations.

  4. The recommendations for testing accommodations with a stated rationale as to why the requested accommodation is necessary and appropriate for the diagnosed disability.


Obtain a written statement from the Program Director

Program Director (or designee) of the nursing, nurse aide, or medication aide education program you completed must provide a written statement that describes any testing accommodations provided while you were enrolled in the program.


Submit an accommodations request with your testing application

When submitting your online application for testing, select “yes” when asked if you are requesting testing accommodations due to a documented disability. Once you select "yes", you will be presented with an accommodations request form.

Complete the accommodation request form and when prompted, upload supporting documentation you obtained from your qualified professional and Program Director. You may also upload additional documentation (not required) including school records that show participation in special education services, Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), and other records that show a history of academic difficulties due to your disability.

Please note that accommodations cannot be added to a previously scheduled exam.


Allow 10 business days for us to review your materials

All accommodations requests are reviewed by the Virginia Board of Nursing for a decision. If approved for accommodations, you will be provided instructions by email on how to schedule your accommodated exam.

Accommodation Types

The Virginia Board of Nursing and Credentia are committed to ensuring access for all individuals with disabilities and supports the intention of the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA).

Test accommodations may include extra testing time, a separate testing room (for exams at test centers), breaks, a reader, a recorder, beverages and/or snacks, and glucose testing supplies.

Need Help?

For all questions about the accommodations process and required documentation, please contact the Virginia Board of Nursing at (804) 367-4515.

If you have questions about submitting an accommodations request form, please contact Credentia at (800) 475-8302.

Submit Appeal

Click on the document link below to download the Appeal Form and provide us with any additional documentation you may have. Please submit your appeal via email to accommodations@credentia.com.