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Initial Eligibility Requirements & Fees

A current, unencumbered U.S. RN or APRN license is required.

An unencumbered license is not currently being subjected to formal discipline by any state board of nursing and has no provisions or conditions that limit the nurse’s practice in any way. This applies to all RN and APRN licenses currently held.

Candidates must complete one of the following clinical practice hour requirement options: 

Two-Year Option

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

OR

Five-Year Option

Practice as an RN or APRN for at least five years with a minimum of 2,000 hours in 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

Eligible Clinical Practice Hours:
  • • Must be completed in a U.S.-based facility or in a facility determined to be comparable to the U.S. standard of acute/critical care nursing practice.
  • • Are those spent actively providing care to acutely/critically ill adult patients in a tele-ICU setting (a portion may be in direct bedside care) or spent supervising nurses or nursing students providing care to acutely/critically ill adult patients in a tele-ICU setting, if working as a manager, educator, preceptor or APRN. The majority of practice hours for exam eligibility must be focused on critically ill patients.
  • • Are verifiable by your clinical supervisor or professional colleague (RN or physician). Contact information must be provided for verification of eligibility related to clinical hours, to be used if you are selected for audit.
  • • For complete eligibility requirements, refer to the CCRN-E Exam Handbook.

AACN Members

$230

Nonmembers

$335

Handbooks

How to Prepare

CCRN-E (Adult) Exam Resources

Apply

Validate that you meet eligibility requirements detailed in the CCRN-E Exam Handbook and apply now.

Renew

Is your renewal date approaching? Be prepared – explore CCRN-E renewal options.