AACN News—May 2009—Certification

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Vol. 26, No. 5, MAY 2009


New Test Plans Developed for PCCN and CCRN Exams

AACN Certification Corporation completed two studies of practice in 2008, one for progressive care and one for critical care, and both resulted in changes to the respective test plans. Following is the anticipated timetable for making the test plans public and implementing exam forms based on the new plans. The test plans are made public prior to changing the exam forms to enable exam candidates to study from the new test plan and to allow instructors to make any modifications in their review courses.

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More States Approve ACNPC Exam

Texas, Minnesota and Florida are the most recent states to approve the ACNPC exam for acute care nurse practitioners. To date, 23 states have either approved the ACNPC exam or do not require certification for acute care nurse practitioner recognition.

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Practice PCCN Exam Questions, SAE Revised

The Practice PCCN Exam Questions have been updated to reflect changes in the new PCCN Test Plan. The revised print practice exam contains 120 items with an answer key, the new test plan and a study bibliography. To order, go to www.aacn.org > Marketplace > Online Bookstore, search for Practice PCCN Exam Questions.

A newly revised PCCN Self-Assessment Exam (SAE), based on the new PCCN Test Plan, is available for purchase online. It is designed as a study tool for PCCN candidates who plan to test after May 2009. The SAE aligns with the new PCCN Test Plan, and automatically provides rationale for correct and incorrect answers. Individuals have access to the program for a maximum period of 90 days from the date of purchase. For more information, visit www.certcorp.org > CCRN or PCCN > How to prepare for the xam.

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Countdown to Renewal by Synergy CERPs


Renewal by Synergy CERPs will be fully implemented by Jan. 1, 2010. Did you know that topics and activities applicable to Categories A and O in the Renewal by CERPs program will still count in the Renewal by Synergy CERPs program? However, the CERP category may be different and the required weighting per category is different. Synergy CERP categories (A, B, C) are aligned with the nurse characteristics of the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care. Category A requires a minimum of 60 CERPs; category B a minimum of 10 CERPs; and Category C a minimum of 10 CERPs, leaving 20 more CERPs in any category of your choice.

Still missing CERPs? Go to www.aacn.org > Education > Online CE Center and search for CE programs in any Synergy CERP category; CE credit is free for AACN members, and at a nominal cost for nonmembers.
Need more information about changes to the CCRN/PCCN renewal program? Visit www.certcorp.org > CCRN or PCCN Renewal > CCRN/PCCN Renewal by Synergy CERPs to take advantage of resources that will help you understand the changes and new requirements. The most comprehensive source of information is the Renewal by Synergy CERPs At-a-Glance booklet. Also available are Quick References, Bookmarks, Fact Sheets and a PowerPoint slide presentation with narration.

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