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.
A current nationally accredited clinical nursing specialty certification, to which the CSC credential will be attached, is required.
Candidates must complete one of the following clinical practice hour requirement options:
Practice as an RN or APRN for 1,750 hours in direct care of acutely/critically ill adult patients during the previous two years, with 875 of those hours accrued in the most recent year preceding application. Of those 1,750 hours, 875 need to be in the care of acutely/critically ill adult cardiac surgery patients within the first 48 hours postoperatively.
Practice as an RN or APRN for at least five years with a minimum of 2,000 hours in direct care of acutely/critically ill adult patients, with 144 of those hours accrued in the most recent year preceding application. Of those 2,000 hours, 1,000 need to be in the care of acutely/critically ill adult cardiac surgery patients within the first 48 hours postoperatively.
CSC Exam Handbook
CSC (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
In-depth certification review presented by national experts, with CE available upon completion