Initial CCRN-E Certification
Congratulations! You have taken your first step toward becoming a certified nurse. By demonstrating you have mastered certain skills, knowledge and abilities, you can distinguish yourself as a leader in care of acutely and critically ill adult patients.
The Certification Exam Policy Handbook will provide you with detailed testing and policy information. The CCRN-E Exam Handbook includes exam-specific information, including the CCRN-E application/honor statement and the CCRN-E test plan.
Once you have reviewed all available information and are ready to sit for the CCRN-E exam, we recommend you submit your application online.
CCRN-E Exam Content
- The CCRN-E exam is a 3-hour test consisting of 150 multiple-choice items.
- Of the 150 items, 125 are scored and 25 are used to gather statistical data on item performance for future exams.
- The CCRN-E exam focuses on the adult patient population.
- The CCRN-E test plan includes detailed exam content, organized by body system, with a percentage breakdown for each topic area.
- The majority of the exam is age-specific for the adult patient population, while a portion of the exam covers content that may address any age across the life span.
Initial Eligibility Requirements
- Current unencumbered licensure as an RN or APRN in the U.S. is required.
- An unencumbered license is not currently being subjected to formal discipline by any board of nursing and has no provisions or conditions that limit the nurse's practice in any way.
- Candidates must meet one of the following practice requirement options:
- Option 1: Practice as an RN or APRN for 1,750 hours in the care of acutely and/or critically ill adult patients in a tele-ICU or in a combination of tele-ICU and direct bedside care during the previous two years, with 875 of those hours accrued in the most recent year preceding application.
- Option 2: Practice as an RN or APRN for at least five years with a minimum of 2,000 hours in the care of acutely and/or critically ill adult patients in a tele-ICU or in a combination of tele-ICU and direct bedside care, with 144 of those hours accrued in the most recent year preceding application.
- Orientation hours spent shadowing/working with another nurse who has the patient assignment do not count toward practice hours for CCRN-E eligibility; however, orientation hours during which you are the assigned nurse providing care to acutely and/or critically ill patients may be counted.
- Eligible practice hours are those completed in a U.S.-based facility or in a facility determined to be comparable to the U.S. standard of acute/critical care tele-ICU nursing practice.
- Nurses serving as a manager, educator (in-service or academic), APRN or preceptor may apply their hours spent supervising nurses or nursing students in the tele-ICU.
- Nurses in these roles must be actively involved in caring for patients; for example, a manager or a CNS for a tele-ICU service may provide clinical rounds or be consulted in the management of an individual patient.
- The name and contact information of a professional associate must be given for verification of eligibility related to practice hours.
- A professional associate is defined as your supervisor or a colleague (RN or physician) with whom you work.
CCRN-E Exam Fees
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