Products and Courses Associated With Certification

Products are listed here as a convenience for potential certificants and should not be understood to be an endorsement for a particular product or a guarantee of a particular score. Many exam preparation materials exist and are offered by many different companies. AACN Certification Corporation urges you to be an informed consumer and verify that the materials you purchase are up-to-date and from a qualified instructor.

Preparing for the CCNS Exam

We recommend looking at the references used in the development of the CCNS exam, particularly those that follow the CCNS Test Plan and cover the role of the CNS. Please refer to the CCNS study bibliography and CCNS Test Plans, both of which can found in the CCNS Exam Handbook

CCNS Review Courses on Audio CD

This certification review course, based on the CCNS Test Plan, explains the Synergy Model's eight nurse dimensions:

  1. Clinical Judgment
  2. Advocacy/Moral Agency
  3. Caring Practices
  4. Facilitation of Learning
  5. Collaboration
  6. Systems Thinking
  7. Response to Diversity
  8. Clinical Inquiry

Case scenarios for each dimension address actual nurse-patient interations and include strategies to actualize that dimension in every day practice. Sample test questions for each dimension are included. 

This is a comprehensive review course for preparation for the CCNS certification exam. The course was adapted from the 2008 NTI preconference. 

Includes four audio CDs and an 11-page syllabus, plus six hours of continuing education credit. (Audio CD contains audio only. It will play on any laptop or desktop computer with a CD drive, or in a home or car stereo system.  It may play on a DVD player, if the DVD player is capable of playing music CDs). $79. (member); $99 (nonmember). 

To place an order by phone call (800) 899-2226 and request product #301956. Or, purchase online at AACN's Online Bookstore.

Practice CCRN Exam Questions

Booklet

Constructed according to the test specifications (test plan or exam blueprint), these booklets contain over 125 questions (190 questions for the adult version). Synergy items across the age spectrum are integrated into each practice exam.

Correct answers, synergy model information and a study bibliography are provided for each version (Adult, Pediatric, Neonatal). These practice booklets are study tools only. They are a compilation of questions to be used in helping one learn how to take the CCRN exam.

The exams are not complete, psychometrically valid exams and therefore cannot be used to accurately predict or guarantee performance on an actual exam. The questions are representative of the type and format of questions that one would see on the CCRN certification exam, but do not necessarily mirror the content of an actual exam.

The Practice CCRN Exam Questions booklet, available in Adult, Pediatric and Neonatal versions, were revised in late 2009 to reflect findings of the most recent study of acute and critical care nursing practice. Correct answers, test plans, synergy model information and study bibliography are included.

A 15% discount is available for orders for quantities of 20 or more. These booklets may be ordered by calling (800) 899-2226 or via AACN's Online Bookstore.

  • Practice CCRN Exam Questions, Adult - 6th ed. (2009) - Product  #200305
  • Practice CCRN Exam Questions, Pediatric - 5th ed. (2009) - Product #200205
  • Practice CCRN Exam Questions, Neonatal - 5th ed. (2009) - Product #200105

Adult CCRN Review Programs

DVD

This digital review program was produced from the 2007 NTI preconference and is based on the Adult CCRN Test Plan. Experts present an overview of cardiovascular, endocrine, gastrointestinal, hematology/immunology, multisystem, neurologic, pulmonary and renal topics, as well as share some test-taking strategies.

A review of the content of the CCRN exam is provided, and Synergy Model content is included. An excellent review course for acute and critical care nurses preparing for the CCRN exam. Includes 3 DVDs, comprehensive study guide and 12 hours of continuing education credit. $200 (member); $275 (nonmember). 

To place an order by phone call (800) 899-2226 and request product #301965. Or, purchase online at AACN's Online Bookstore.

CD-ROM

This CD-ROM review program was produced from the 2007 NTI preconference and is based on the Adult CCRN Test Plan. Experts present an overview of cardiovascular, endocrine, gastrointestinal, hematology/immunology, multisystem, neurologic, pulmonary and renal topics, as well as share some test-taking strategies.

A review of the content of the CCRN exam is provided, and Synergy Model content is included. An excellent review course for acute and critical care nurses preparing for the CCRN exam.

Includes 9 CD-ROMs, comprehensive study guide and 12 hours of continuing education credit. (CD-ROM contains synchronized slides and audio, and will play on any laptop or desktop computer with a CD-ROM drive; will not play in an audio CD player or car). $179 (member); $199 (nonmember).

To place an order by phone call (800) 899-2226 and request product #301950. Or, purchase online at AACN's Online Bookstore.

Audio CD

This CD review program was produced from the 2007 NTI preconference and is based on the Adult CCRN Test Plan. Experts present an overview of cardiovascular, endocrine, gastrointestinal, hematology/immunology, multisystem, neurologic, pulmonary and renal topics, as well as sharing some test-taking strategies.

A review of the content of the CCRN exam is provided, and Synergy Model content is included. An excellent review course for acute and critical care nurses preparing for the CCRN exam. Includes 8 Audio CDs, comprehensive study guide and 12 hours of continuing education credit. $109. (member); $134. (nonmember).

To place an order by phone call (800) 899-2226 and request product #301973. Or, purchase online at AACN's Online Bookstore.

The above products may also be purchased packaged with other review materials. Visit AACN's Online Bookstore and type "CCRN" in the search field for a list of all CCRN Review Products, including bundled packages.

Apple iPhone/iTouch

The CCRN Adult Certification Review Course is now mobile for your iPod Touch and iPhone. Study this excellent, comprehensive review course, anytime and anyplace. Once uploaded to your iTouch or iPhone device via iTunes, simply launch, watch and listen to the clinical system that you wish to review directly from your device.

Content is based on the 2010 Adult CCRN Test Plan and includes many sample test questions. In addition to the review course, you also receive an electronic copy of the syllabus and CNE application for 12 contact hours of continuing education credit.

Package includes a 4 GB USB drive that comes loaded with all review course files to upload directly on your Apple device. Installation instructions will be shipped with the USB drive. $155 (member/nonmember). Learn more about our CCRN Adult Certification Mobile Review Course.

Neonatal Materials

AACN offers a wide variety of resources in various formats to help you meet the challenges you face in your daily practice.

  • Pediatric/Neonatal CCRN Audio CD Review Course (from NTI 2006): This audio CD review course offers a combined study approach to the CCRN Pediatric and Neonatal exams based on the Test Plans.
    • Experts cover the eight system categories on the Test Plans (cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine, hematology/immunology, neurology, gastrointestinal, renal and multisystem).
    • This course includes 8 audio CDs, 12 contact hours of CE credit and a comprehensive syllabus. 
    • Available by calling (800) 899-2226 and requesting product #301990 - $109 (member), $134 (nonmember) — plus shipping and handling.
    • Or, purchase online at AACN's Online Bookstore
  • Books: The AACN Core Curriculum for Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing(#128710) is very helpful in preparing for the Neonatal CCRN exam and as a ready-reference for the neonatal information you need now!
  • Educational Programs: NTI now offers a dedicated Pediatric and Neonatal Track, designed just for pediatric and neonatal acute and critical care nurses.
  • Online continuing education articles: Access AACN's Online CE Center for more information about our free, unlimited CEs for AACN members.
  • Certification resources: Practice CCRN Exam Questions, Neonatal  Available in booklet format (#200105).
  • Telephone and email: Consult the Practice Research Network (PRN) with your Neonatal Critical Care practice-related questions.

For more information about the products and services listed above please call AACN Customer Care at (800) 899-2226. Or purchase online at AACN's Online Bookstore.

If you have a practice-related question, please call the Practice Resource Network (PRN) at (800) 394-5995, ext. 217.

The AACN online catalog and other Web-based resources can be found at www.aacn.org.

Pediatric Materials

Nurses who care for acutely and critically ill children have the special challenge of being able to deal with critical illness while meeting developmental need patients from tiny neonates to adult-sized adolescents. AACN offers a wide variety of resources in various formats to help you meet the challenges you face.

  • Pediatric/Neonatal CCRN Audio CD Review Course (from NTI 2006): This audio CD review course offers a combined study approach to the CCRN Pediatric and Neonatal exams based on the Test Plans.
    • Experts cover the eight system categories on the Test Plans (cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine, hematology/immunology, neurology, gastrointestinal, renal and multisystem).
    • This course includes 8 audio CDs, 12 contact hours of CE credit and a comprehensive syllabus.
    • Available by calling (800) 899-2226 and requesting product #301990 – $109 (member), $134 (nonmember) — plus shipping and handling.
    • Or purchase online at AACN's Online Bookstore.
  • Books: The AACN Core Curriculum for Pediatric Critical Care Nursing(#128870) is very helpful in preparing for the Pediatric CCRN exam and as a ready-reference for the pediatric information you need now!
  • Educational Programs: NTI offers a dedicated Pediatric and Neonatal Track, designed just for pediatric and neonatal acute and critical care nurses.
  • Online continuing education articlesAACN's Online CE Center for more information about our free, unlimited CEs for AACN members.
    Certification resources: Practice CCRN Exam Questions, Pediatric — Available in booklet format (#200205).
  • Internet: Look for the Pediatric Sections in various areas of the Practice Section of the AACN website: Clinical Practice Links, Clinical Practice Resources and InfoLink Discussion Board.
  • Telephone and email: Consult the Practice Research Network with your Pediatric Critical Care practice-related questions.

For more information about the products and services listed above, please call AACN Customer Care at (800) 899-2226. Or, purchase online at AACN's Online Bookstore. To order audiotapes, please call National Nursing Network at (800) 373-2952.

If you have a practice-related question, please call the Practice Resource Network (PRN) at (800) 394-5995, ext. 217.

The AACN online catalog and other Web-based resources can be found at www.aacn.org.