Module 1: Test-Taking Tips
  • Testing taking strategies and resources
Modules 2 & 3: Cardiovascular
  • Hemodynamics, vasoactive medications and CV pharmacology
  • Cardiogenic shock, heart failure, pacing and cardiomyopathies
  • Acute coronary syndrome and cardiac catheterization
  • Cardiac surgery, structural defects, vascular complications, cardiac trauma and conduction abnormalities
Module 4: Respiratory
  • Arterial blood gas analysis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, acute pulmonary embolus and respiratory failure
  • Selected restrictive and obstructive pulmonary disease conditions
  • Pulmonary embolus and pulmonary hypertension
  • Traumatic injuries and transfusion-related acute lung injury
Module 5: Neurological
  • Neuro-anatomy, neurologic assessment and increased intracranial pressure
  • Neurological disorders: hemorrhagic stroke, neurologic infectious diseases, seizures, epilepsy, brain tumors, dementia and delirium
  • Traumatic brain injuries, ischemic stroke and surgical management of neurologic disorders
Module 6: Renal and Genitourinary
  • Acute and chronic kidney disease
  • Renal replacement therapies
  • Fluid and electrolyte disturbances, and therapeutic interventions
Module 7: Gastrointestinal
  • GI system anatomy, physiology and assessment
  • Liver dysfunction and failure, and acute pancreatitis
  • GI bleeding and bowel disorders, surgery and acute abdominal trauma
Module 8: Hematology and Immunology
  • Coagulopathies, including DIC and HELLP syndrome
  • Immune deficiencies, leukopenias, thrombocytopenias, oncologic complications and transfusion reactions
  • Therapeutic interventions and nursing considerations
Module 9: Endocrine
  • Endocrine abnormalities: hypoglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperglycemic hyperosmolar state, diabetes insipidus and syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormon
Module 10: Integumentary and Musculoskeletal
  • Integumentary system disorders: cellulitis, IV infiltrations, necrotizing fasciitis, pressure injury and wounds
  • Musculoskeletal disorders: compartment syndrome, fractures, functional issues, osteomyelitis and rhabdomyolysis
Modules 11 & 12: Multisystem
  • Holistic nursing care issues: pain, post-intensive care syndrome, end-of-life/palliative care
  • Multisystem complications of critical illness: HAI, thermoregulation, sleep disruption, bariatric complications and maternal/fetal complications
  • Complications and treatment of toxic exposures
  • Types of shock: causes, clinical presentation and therapeutic management
Module 13: Behavioral and Psychosocial
  • Common behavioral concerns in critically ill patients
  • Assessment strategies and treatment options for agitation, aggression, violence, depression, PTSD, substance abuse, suicide and antisocial behavior
Module 14: Professional Caring and Ethical Practice
  • AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care (aligning patient needs with nurse competencies)
  • Nurse characteristics and their relation to the CCRN exams