CCRN® (Adult) is a specialty certification for nurses who give direct care to acutely/critically sick adult patients in any setting. Nurses who pursue this certification could work in intensive care units, cardiac care units, combination ICU/CCUs, medical/surgical ICUs, trauma units, or critical care transport and flight.
CCRN- Eligibility criteria
A valid, unencumbered RN or APRN license in the United States is essential.
- An unencumbered license has no terms or conditions that limit the nurse’s practice and is not currently being submitted to formal punishment by the board of nursing in the state(s) in which the nurse is practicing. Direct supervision of practice, drug administration constraints, and/or practice area exclusions are examples of provisions or requirements.
Candidates must complete one of the following alternatives for clinical practice hours:
- Option for two years – Over the previous two years, work as an RN or APRN in direct care of acutely/critically ill adult patients for 1,750 hours, with 875 of those hours accrued in the most recent year preceding application.
- Option for five years – Practice as an RN or APRN for at least five years, with a minimum of 2,000 hours in direct care of acutely/critically sick adult patients, with at least 144 of those hours accrued in the year prior to application.
- Must be completed at a facility in the United States or Canada, or in an institution that meets the U.S. standard of acute/critical care nursing practice.
- If working as a manager, educator, preceptor, or APRN, those spent actively giving direct care to acutely/critically sick adult patients or supervising nurses or nursing students at the bedside of acutely/critically ill adult patients. The majority of exam preparation time should be spent on critically ill patients.
- Are your clinical supervisor or a professional colleague able to verify them? (RN or physician). If you are chosen for an audit, you must give contact information so that your eligibility for clinical hours can be verified.
- Refer to the CCRN Exam Handbook for a complete list of eligibility requirements.