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CCRN® Exam Review (Adult)

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Course Description

This two-day course provides the critical care nurse with a review of AACN’s 2020 core curriculum. The agenda combines central knowledge-based lectures for nurses working in the ICU with an essential review of nursing care and interventions according to the AACN exam blueprint for the critical care provider. This review is not an introduction to the environment of the ICU, but a comprehensive update for the professional already in practice at the bedside and preparing for the certification examination.
For attendees preparing to take the CCRN Exam:
This review course content follows AACN’s updated 2020 CCRN Exam blueprint. Professional Caring and Ethical Practice (20% of exam) issues are addressed when appropriate.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Self-report a gain in knowledge of the critically ill patient and confidence to pass the CCRN Exam at an 80% rate.


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. Each day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

Day 1, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Introduction, Test-Taking Strategies, Ethics & Professional Caring | Review of Exam Blueprint
  • Study Planning | Practice Exams | Relaxation Techniques
  • AACN Synergy Model | Practices of Professional and Ethical Caring
  • Immunology/Hematology
  • Cardiovascular
  • Endocrine
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Behavioral/Psychosocial

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Neurology
  • Renal
  • Pulmonary
  • Multisystem/Shock