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 meet the following practice requirement.
Practice as an RN or APRN for 1,040 hours during the previous two years, with 260 of those hours accrued in the most recent year preceding application. Practice hours for CCRN-K are those in which you apply knowledge in a way that influences patients, nurses and/or organizations to have a positive impact on acutely/critically ill adult patients and families.
CCRN-K Exam Handbook
CCRN-K (Adult) Exam Resources
Essential certification document featuring the test plan, sample questions, exam bibliography and available AACN exam prep resources
Practice questions booklet aligned with the current test plan, including rationales for both correct and incorrect answers
Online practice questions for self-testing, including rationales for correct and incorrect answers plus a score report by content area
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