CCRN/PCCN Certification Exam FAQs for AACN Ambassadors

How Do I Apply?

You can register online at Certification>Apply Online or you may mail or fax in your application — see pages 59 and 60 of the exam handbook. Applications are not accepted over the phone.

What Is the Cost?

Costs vary by exam and there are member prices and non-member prices (see page 59 of the exam handbook). Discounts for group exams are highly encouraged. 

Am I Eligible?

Practice as an RN or APRN is required for 1,750 hours in direct bedside care of acutely ill patients during the previous two years, with 875 of those hours accrued in the most recent year preceding application. For more detailed information see page 10 (CCRN) and page 44 (PCCN) of the exam handbook.

When Can I Take the Exam?

The computer-based exam is available year-round, Monday through Saturday, at more than 175 testing sites. We also offer a paper and pencil version at NTI and TRENDS conferences.

Once I’ve Applied What’s Next?

We inform our testing center, Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP), of your application and they’ll send you a confirmation email and postcard. You have a 90-day window to apply for the test date.

How Do I Prepare for the Exam?

AACN offers a wide variety of resources and study materials to help with your exam preparations. Our Marketplace online bookstore offers CDs, DVDs and an online prep webinar.

Many review courses are also available throughout the US and are posted on the certification website and on the chapter event listings.

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