PCCN Certification Review Course Online Individual Purchase

PCCN Certification Review Course Online Individual Purchase

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Online Course, 2024


Product Code: PCCNOD13

PCCN Certification Review Course Online (Individuals)

AACN’s PCCN Certification Review Course Online provides the tools you need to confidently prepare for your progressive care nursing certification exam. Earning your PCCN specialty certification not only offers the personal satisfaction of your achievement, it also demonstrates your knowledge and dedication to hospital administrators, peers, and patients and families.

Course Overview

This comprehensive review course aligns with the current PCCN Exam Test Plan and is intended for nurses who provide direct care to and/or influence the care of acutely ill adult patients. Course content includes the clinical topics covered in the test plan as well as professional caring and ethical practice topics identified in the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care.

Course Features

With an intuitive modular format, the PCCN Certification Review Course Online is ideal for exam preparation.It includes:

  • An in-depth overview of all exam topic areas to reaffirm clinical knowledge
  • Practice questions to give you a senseof what to expect on exam day
  • Video for selected content and case scenarios to directly relate course content to clinical practice
  • Test-taking tips to increase your confidence in answering exam questions
  • Repeatable modules to help ensure content retention
  • PDF handouts for easy note-taking and studying

Who Should Take the Course?

Whether you’re responsible for providing direct careor influencing the care provided to acutely ill adult patients,our online review course helps support your certification journey. It is an ideal study resource for nurses considering PCCN certification via either pathway option:

Exam Eligibility

PCCN certification emphasizes the knowledge that the progressive care nursing specialty requires and underscores essential nursing practices in the care of acutely ill adult patients ― whether in a stepdown, intermediate care, transitional care or telemetryunit, or other progressive care environment.

Are you eligible to take the PCCN exam? Explore details about eligibility and practice hour requirements for each PCCN certification pathway, as well as the PCCN Exam Test Plan, in the handbooks linked below:

Course Syllabus

The majority of items on the PCCN certification exam (80%) focuses on clinical judgment. The remaining 20% of the exam focuses on professional caring and ethical practice. Our in-depth review course reflects the same content breakdown, helping to prepare you in the following categories:

Clinical Judgment

  • Cardiovascular
  • Respiratory
  • Endocrine
  • Hematology/Immunology/Oncology
  • Neurology
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Renal
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Multisystem
  • Behavioral/Psychosocial

Professional Caring and Ethical Practice

  • Advocacy/Moral Agency
  • Caring Practices
  • Response to Diversity
  • Facilitation of Learning
  • Collaboration
  • Systems Thinking
  • Clinical Inquiry

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this learning activity, participants should be able to:

  • Validate and expand their knowledge of progressive care nursing
  • Briefly review the pathophysiology of single and multisystem dysfunction in adult patients and the medical and pharmacologic management of each
  • Identify the progressive care nursing management needs for adult patients with single or multisystem organ abnormalities

Successful Completion

This continuing education (CE) activity offers 14.0 CE contact hours or CERP Category A. Learners must complete the entire activity and the associated evaluation to be awarded contact hours or CERP. All learners must read “Effects of Implicit Bias and its Impact on Patient Outcomes .” No partial credit will be awarded.

Special Offer

Receive a 50% discount on this review course when purchased at the time of your PCCN certification exam application. Start the application process.


  • Sara Knippa, MS, RN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN, PCCN
  • Beth Melton Poppas, MSN, RN, CCRN, PCCN, NPD-BC, GERO-BC, CNEcl
  • Carol Ann Rauen, MS,CCRN, PCCN, CEN, GERO-BC, TCRN

Note: Your computer must meet the Technical Requirements to view this online course.


Any relevant relationship between an ineligible company and an individual with the ability to influence clinical content will beidentified by the Nurse Planner within the activity. Any relevant relationship between an ineligible company and an individual with the ability to influence clinical content has been mitigated.

AACN programming meets the standards for most states that require mandatory continuing education contact hours for license and/or certification renewal. AACN recommends consulting with your state board of nursing or credentialing organization before submitting CE to fulfill continuing education requirements.

This CE activity expires on Jan. 31, 2027.


The AmericanAssociation of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a providerof nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 1036, for 14.0 contact hours, CERP A.

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and doesnot imply AACN, ANCC or CBRN approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with thiseducational activity.


AACN Certification Corporation does not approve, endorse or require for eligibility use of any specific exam preparation products.

This item is nonrefundable.