Specialty Certification & Resources for Exam Preperation


What is CCRN certification?

CCRN® is a registered service mark of AACN Certification Corporation and denotes certification in acute/critical care nursing as granted by AACN Certification Corporation. As healthcare becomes increasingly complex and challenging, certification has emerged as a mark of excellence showing patients and employers that a nurse is qualified and competent and has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Certification.

Certification – It’s More Than an RN License

An RN license signifies a nurse has entry-level knowledge to provide care for patients, and is
the minimum requirement for professional nurses. Although some states require continuing education for license renewal, others require only payment of a renewal fee. An RN license doesn’t indicate whether a nurse has acquired knowledge beyond the required minimum, but certification does. Certification is a voluntary process. It signifies a nurse has developed specialty knowledge beyond
the entry level.

6d8b3ccc0165739088256ebf0000c8c9_Body_11_20d2Eligibility Requirements

– Current unencumbered licensure as an RN in the U.S. is required.
– Must have a minimum of 1,750 hours providing care at the bedside of people who are acutely and/or critically ill patients, such as intensive care units, cardiac care units, combined ICU/CCUs, medical/surgical ICUs, trauma units or critical care transport/flight.
– The hours must have been accrued in the two years prior to application with 875 of those hours obtained in the past 12 months.

Certification Outcomes/Benefits

For Nurses

For Patients

For the Organization


Which Certification Should I Take?

In addition to other reasons, choosing aright nursing certification is a personal decision which should be made after the person has had some actual experience in the specialty area being considered.

Certification Examination Handbooks






Certification Renewal Handbook






Renewal by Synergy CERPs Brochure


Self-Assessment Exam (SAE)

Online Self-Assessment Exams (SAEs) for the Adult CCRN/CCRN-E/CCRN-K and PCCN exams are available for purchase.Each SAE provides practice questions written by many of the same volunteers who wrote the certification exam items.Each item on the SAE includes rationales for correct and incorrect answers. CERP credit is awarded upon completion if a score of 70% or more is achieved. To learn more or purchase SAE exam click the link below.

Using the test plan, also known as the exam blueprint is a very important tool that will  help you to study in a more efficient and effective way.

To access this Test plan c( pages 15-20) click here

CCRN & PCCN Q & A Books   

    CCRN EXAM QUESTIONS                                                                  2eac622155cb41a0aebc7b580eedf208       


Author: Mary Ann “Cammy” House-Fancher,                         Author: Mary Ann “Cammy” House-Fancher, MSN,

ACNP, CCRN-CSC-CMC, PCCN                                                                       ACNP, CCRN-CSC-CMC, PCCN
Editor: Kelly Thompson-Brazill,                                      Editor: Kelly Thompson-Brazill,MSN, RN, ACNP, CCRN-CSC, PCCN

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 Both Q & A books are designed with you in mind
Reinforce your CCRN Exam test preparation with  this 200 multiple-choice questions based on the actual exam and complete
rationale for each answer. Practice taking an exam and apply test-taking strategies to quickly determine which areas require
further study. The answers, rationale and testable nursing actions, organized by system, follow the current 2010
CCRN Exam Blueprint.

Table of Contents CCRN                                                                                        Table of Contents PCCN

  1. Introduction                                                                                                               1.   Introduction
  2. What is CCRN?                                                                                                          2.  What is PCCN?
  3. Benefits of Certification                                                                                           3.   Benefits of Certification
  4. Eligibility Requirements                                                                                          4.   Eligibility Requirements
  5. Preparation for the Examination                                                                           5.   Preparation for the Examination
  6. Test-Taking Strategies                                                                                             6.  Test-Taking Strategies
  7. Day of the Exam                                                                                                        7.   Day of the Exam
  8. CCRN Test Plan                                                                                                         8.  PCCN Test Plan
  9. 200 Practice Questions, Organized by Body System                                         9.   200 Practice Questions, Organized by Body System
  10. Answers with Detailed Rationales                                                                        10.  Answers with Detailed Rationales
  11. Bibliography                                                                                                              11.   Bibliography


Adult CCRN Review Book    

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This innovative review for experienced critical care nurses preparing for the Adult CCRN (critical care registered nurse) examination

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questions, answers, and hints. Also included are practice CCRN-style Q&A, test-taking skills, and thorough coverage of the CCRN 

test blueprint. Written by a well-known CCRN instructor, the review features a “Think in Questions” format, which helps readers to 

anticipate the kinds of questions that might be asked,and promotes critical thinking throughout the exam. This format guides

candidates through each topic with a short content review followed by an innovative Q&A Socratic-style reasoning process to assist

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practice portion of the exam, as well as a bonus of more than 200 CCRN-style review questions following the exam’s content blueprint.

These questions, in simulated exam format, are answered along with a rationale for each. The review is both comprehensive and user

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includes a section on test-taking skills, specific guidance on preparing for the certification exam, and useful hints related to the

CCRN exam format. Other helpful features include a study plan and guide for nurses to follow.


Key Features

Covers content review, practice CCRN-style Q&A, test-taking skills, and the CCRN test blueprint format.

Goes beyond mere memorization of facts with “Think in Questions” Socratic-style content review in the

form of over 1,000 critical-thinking questions and hints Contains “bite-size” sections for each topic for

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Rhythms and 12-Leads Pocket Guide

Author:Pam Allen, MSN/Ed., RN
Alumnus CCRN
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This pocket guide was developed to provide a valuable bedside resource for a quick analysis of arrhythmias and 12-leads. A step-by-step

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PASS CCRN®!, 4th Edition.  

By Robin Donohoe Dennison, DNP, RN, CCNS, CEN, CNE

           928 Pages
           Trim Size: 8 1/2 X 10 7/8 in
           Imprint: Mosby
           ISBN: 978-0-323-07726-2
          Copyright: 2013

Price: $75.95     Order now

Fully updated to mirror the latest CCRN-Adult test plan, PASS CCRN®!, 4th Edition is well known for its innovative learning strategies,
targeted-yet-comprehensive coverage, and meticulous accuracy. Each section of the exam is addressed in detail, with review content
presented in logical outline format and accompanied by a wealth of illustrations, tables, and algorithms. Learning activities in the book,
as well as more than 1,000 review questions on the companion Evolve website, offer valuable practice and test-taking experience.

Table of Contents

    1. The Critical Care Certification Examination
    2. The Cardiovascular System: Physiology and Assessment
    3. The Cardiovascular System: Pathologic Conditions
    4. The Pulmonary System: Physiology, Assessment, and Ventilatory Support
    5. The Pulmonary System: Pathologic Conditions
    6. The Neurologic System
    7. The Gastrointestinal System
    8. The Renal System
    9. The Endocrine System
    10. The Hematologic and Immunologic Systems
    11. Multisystem
    12. Behavioral/Psychosocial NEW!
    13. Professional Caring and Ethical Practice

Books and publications

**Answers to Learning Activities

**References and Recommended Reading