CCRN Practice Exam Review

CCRN (critical care register nurse) is a high level of nursing specialization. The American Association of Critical Care Nurses sponsors the exams. A particular exam will cover critical care for adult, pediatric, or neonatal patients.

To take the CCRN test, a nurse must also have a current RN or APRN license valid in the United States. The license must not be subject to formal discipline and may not have any limitations on the nurse's ability to practice. Applicants are occasionally audited and may be asked to provide a copy of their license. A license copy is not required for the normal application process.

To qualify for the CCRN test, a nurse must have administered 1,750 hours of bedside care to patients who were critically ill at the time. Such work must have been performed within the last two years, and most of the hours must be within the most recent year. The clinical hours must have taken place in the United States or Canada or at a facility certified to offer comparable critical care practice.

Nurses actively involved in patient care in the role of an educator, supervisor, preceptor, or APRN may receive credit for hours spent training students and nurses during critical bedside care.

For the CCRN, a bachelor's degree is not necessary. The test lasts three hours and includes 150 items. The exam focuses on adult, pediatric, or neonatal populations, and 80 percent of the questions focus on clinical judgment for a particular patient age group. All of the remaining questions are about professional care and ethics for patients of any age.

On each CCRN test, there are 25 items included for pretest purposes. They do not count toward the score, since the validity of the test items is still under evaluation.

The normal testing fee is $330. Members of the AACN Certification Corporation, a separately incorporated company which develops and administers the CCRN, may take the test for $220.

The AACN provides online verification of current certification and allows customers to print out evidence of the certification. A nurse who passes this certification process may add the letters CCRN after the letters that indicate a particular license.

We have provided the CCRN test resources and the tools. The rest is up to you- the best teacher is the person who knows you best- YOU!

Take the self assessment module quiz below (make notes of your scores and remember which revealed significant gaps in your learning):

Self-Assessment Modules for the CCRN:

CCRN Practice Test Questions

CCRN Exam Review

CCRN Test Study Guide & Practice Questions

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Last Updated: 09/21/2017


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