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/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. This applies to all RN or APRN licenses currently held.
- 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/critically ill adult patients in a tele-ICU or in a combination of tele-ICU and direct 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/critically ill adult patients in a tele-ICU or in a combination of tele-ICU and direct care, with 144 of those hours accrued in the most recent year preceding application.
- A majority of the practice hours for CCRN-E exam eligibility must be spent caring for critically ill patients.
- 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/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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