Earn your healthcare ethics consulting certification virtually

Introducing live remote testing for the HEC-C exam to support your social distancing efforts during the COVID-19 crisis.

Many of our HEC-C candidates are professionals in the medical field observing strict social distancing guidelines. To make the HEC-C exam accessible to all during this uncertain time, candidates will have two options for taking the HEC-C exam:

  • In-person at a local testing center
  • Live remote testing at home using a personal computer

The HCEC Certification Commission, in conjunction with Scantron, has partnered with Examity to support live remote testing.

Apply to take the HEC-C exam virtually

How does live remote testing work?

If you’ve been considering becoming an HEC-C but are unable to take the exam at a testing center, you’re only a few steps away from earning your credential remotely.

1. Submit your CRRN application

Your complete application must be submitted and accepted before you can schedule your HEC-C exam.

2. Schedule your exam appointment with a live remote proctor

After your application is accepted, you will receive a notice to schedule your exam appointment via email. Follow the instructions and select live remote proctoring. You will be directed to Examity where you will set up a profile and schedule your virtual exam. When you select remote proctoring, you will have the option of running a system check to confirm your computer meets these technical requirements.

Afterwards, you will receive two confirmation emails: one from Scantron that includes the password you will need to access the exam and another from Examity with a link to initiate the exam appointment.

Check your system’s readiness on the Examity website. 


3. Set up remote testing on exam day

Before the start of the exam, you will be asked to scan the room with your webcam to show that you are alone and the area around you is clear. Your webcam and microphone must remain on for the duration of the examination. We recommend you make arrangements to be in a private, quiet area and remain uninterpreted throughout the exam. If another person enters the area or there appears to be another disruption, the exam will end.

Is live remote testing right for me?

Many of us are concerned about our safety and that of our patients and families, and you may be looking for ways to decrease risk of COVID-19 exposure that some travel and shared spaces may have. Live remote testing is a good option for you if your local testing center is unavailable or if your schedule does not allow time away from work to go to a testing center. 

What are the technical requirements for taking the HEC-C exam remotely?

If you select the remote testing option while you're scheduling your exam, you'll have the option to run a system readiness check to ensure your device meets the technical requirements needed to run the virtual exam successfully. Check your system readiness now. 


  • Microsoft Internet Explorer, version 11
  • Latest available versions of Microsoft Edge
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Safari
  • Google Chrome

Note: Please disable any pop-up blockers and enable JavaScript prior to beginning your remote exam.


  • Desktop or laptop computer (tablets, smartphone, and Chromebooks are not supported)
  • Built-in or external webcam
  • Built-in or external microphone
  • Built-in or eternal speakers

Internet connection 

An upload or download speed of 2Mbps is required.

What is the application deadline for taking the HEC-C exam remotely?

The deadline to apply to take the HEC-C exam both remotely and in-person is September 10, 2020. We will continue to accept applications until September 25, 2020, with a $100 late fee. 

What other accommodations is the HCEC Certification Commission making for certification candidates during the COVID-19 crisis?

We want to make sure you can still take your exam and earn the HEC-C credential and we know every person's circumstance is unique. We are pleased to offer as much flexibility as possible as many of you continue to fight on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

Learn about rescheduling or cancelling your HEC-C exam