The Sepsis Micro-Credential supports the clinical practice of healthcare professionals providing direct care to patients with or at risk of developing sepsis. Sepsis can occur among patients in a variety of locations throughout hospitals and acute care facilities, so clinicians pursuing this micro-credential are not limited to any particular role, 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 Sepsis 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 purchase.

  • 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 to confirm that you’ve earned the Sepsis Micro-Credential.

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Earning Your Sepsis Micro-Credential

Applicants earn their Sepsis Micro-Credential by successfully completing an exam that validates their knowledge of sepsis care, including early identification and treatment. The exam:

  • Includes items developed using validated, evidence-based sources on current sepsis practice (see bibliography in the Sepsis Micro-Credential Exam Test Plan)
  • Has a 90-minute time limit to answer 50 questions
  • Requires 35 correct answers for a passing score
  • Offers 2 CERPs (Category A) upon passing the exam

We encourage you to refer to the Sepsis Micro-Credential Exam Test Plan for a comprehensive content overview and the references used to develop the exam.

Exam Preparation Resources

To help you prepare for your Sepsis Micro-Credential exam, AACN offers several useful resources.

Sepsis Exam Test Plan

This comprehensive outline details content covered in the exam and the references used for validation.

Sepsis Online Courses

These courses provide clinical information to support optimal care of patients with sepsis.

Sepsis Clinical Resources

This collection of AACN resources offers easy access to sepsis-focused educational content.

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