The COVID-19 Micro-Credential supports the clinical practice of healthcare professionals providing direct care to patients with severe pulmonary conditions requiring mechanical ventilation. Patients on ventilators are located throughout hospitals and acute care facilities, so care providers pursuing this micro-credential are not limited to any particular clinician, unit or setting. To be eligible, applicants must hold a current, unencumbered U.S. healthcare professional license.

Taking the Exam

The process of applying for and taking the COVID-19 Pulmonary and Ventilator Care Micro-Credential exam is streamlined to make it as easy as possible to pursue this professional achievement.

  • 1No application is necessary; purchase the exam from this webpage.

  • 2Detailed instructions are sent via email after completing your transaction.

  • 3Take the exam online at your convenience and receive your results immediately after completing the exam.

  • 4Print your certificate of achievement from your AACN customer dashboard.

  • 5Send a verification letter to your employer through our online verification system.

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Earning Your COVID-19 Micro-Credential

Applicants earn their COVID-19 Pulmonary and Ventilator Care Micro-Credential by successfully completing an exam that validates their knowledge in this specialty area. The exam:

  • Includes items developed based on the content in AACN’s “COVID-19: Pulmonary Care Online Courses”
  • Has a 90-minute time limit to answer 38 questions
  • Requires 28 correct answers for a passing score
  • Offers 2 CERPs (Category A) upon passing the exam

We encourage you to refer to the COVID-19 Pulmonary and Ventilator Care Micro-Credential Exam Test Plan for a comprehensive content overview.

Exam Preparation Resources

To help you prepare for your COVID-19 Pulmonary and Ventilator Care Micro-Credential exam, AACN offers several useful resources.

COVID-19 Exam Test Plan

This comprehensive exam content outline details the specific content areas covered in the exam.

COVID-19: Pulmonary Care Online Courses

Our specialty focused modular courses develop or refresh your skill set in pulmonary, ARDS, and ventilator care and management.

COVID-19 Clinical Resources

This collection of AACN resources offers easy access to COVID-19 and pulmonary-related educational content.

Customer Support

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Purchase the Micro-Credential Exam

Validate your specialty knowledge in caring for patients with severe respiratory illness.