CCRN Certification Overview

 CCRN Certification Overview & Helpful Testing Info

CCRN Certification Introduction

The CCRN specialty certification was introduced in 1976 by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN.org).  This designation is primarily for those nurses working in acutely/critically ill adult, pediatric or neonatal patients.  Nurses seeking the CCRN Certification usually work in the following areas; ICU, CCU, combined ICU/CCU areas, medical surgical ICU’s trauma units or critical care transport/flight.

CCRN Exam Content 

  • Cardiovascular
  • Pulmonary
  • Endocrine
  • Hematology
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Integumentary
  • Renal
  • Neurology
  • Multisystem
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Psychosocial
  • Professional Caring & Ethical Practice            

 

CCRN Exam Eligibility Requirements 

  • Current unencumbered licensure as an RN or APRN in the U.S.
  • Meet one of the following clinical practice requirement options
    • Option 1:  Practice as an RN or APRN for 1750 hours in direct bedside care of acutely/critical ill adult patients during the previous two years.  875 of your clinical hours accrued in the most recent year preceding application.
    • Option 2:  Practice as an RN or APRN for at least 5 years with a minimum of 2000 hours in direct bedside care of acutely/critically ill adult patients.  144 of your clinical hours accrued in the most recent year preceding application.

CCRN Exam Questions 

  • The CCRN Exam is a 3.0 hour exam
  • The exam contains 150 items; 125 items are scored and 25 are used to gather data for future exams
  • 80% focuses on Clinical Judgement
  • 20% focuses on Professional Caring

CCRN Exam Application Fees 

  • CCRN Computer Based Exam
    • AACN Members     $225
    • Nonmembers          $330
  • CCRN Retest
    • AACN Members      $170
    • Nonmembers           $275
  • CCRN Renewal by Exam
    • AACN Members      $170
    • Nonmembers           $275

Passing Results For CCRN Exam

  • If you complete the exam via computer based testing, your results will be available upon completion of the exam.
  • If you complete the exam via paper and pencil testing, your results will be available by mail in 3 to 4 weeks.

Renewing The CCRN Certification

  • Option 1 – Renewal by Synergy CERPs or Continuing Education
  • Option 2 – Renewal by Exam

 

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