By | May 11, 2022





  • For more than 30 years, the CRRN credential has been widely recognized and respected, with over 13,000 current certificants. The CRRN certificate is for nurses who work with people who have impairments or chronic illnesses to recover, maintain, and enhance their health.
  • When you get your CRRN, you certify that you are a skilled rehabilitation nurse with a documented level of knowledge and a strong dedication to patient care. Employers who encourage nurses to get certified or recruit CRRNs to build a culture that demonstrates their dedication to their employees and patients. They aim to hire and keep the greatest nurses possible.
  • When you obtain, use, and preserve your CRRN accreditation, you demonstrate your commitment to the rehabilitation field and competence. The CRRN certificate requires two years of rehabilitation nursing practice as well as passing the CRRN examination, which verifies a documented level of knowledge in the field.

As a Rehabilitation Nurse, you can work in a variety of environments and in a range of jobs, including:

  • sub-acute care units
  • inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation units and hospitals
  • long-term acute-care hospitals
  • skilled nursing facilities
  • community/home health agencies
  • clinics
  • insurance companies
  • private practice
  • government/VA
  • academic settings.


  • Make Sure You’re Eligible

As a candidate for the CRRN® examination, you must meet the following eligibility conditions at the time of application, as indicated in the CRRN Candidate Handbook:

Current, unrestricted RN licensure in the United States, US territories, or Canada; AND
At the time of application, you must have completed at least one of the following:
Within the last five years, two years of practice as a registered professional nurse in rehabilitation nursing; or one year of practice as a registered professional nurse in rehabilitation nursing and one year of advanced study (beyond baccalaureate) in nursing.

  • Check Your Rehabilitation Nursing Experience

You’ll be required to give contact information to two professional colleagues who can verify your rehabilitation nursing experience when you apply. One must be a CRRN or your direct supervisor. Any other colleague, such as a nurse, physician, therapist, or social worker, can be the second.

You may be qualified for alternative verification if you are in independent practice or have left paid employment to give rehabilitation nursing care to a family member and do not have a supervisor or CRRN colleague.

  • Keep in mind the deadlines and fees.

Exam Fees for 2022*
$300 for ARN members
$460 for non-members
Late fee: $35

If you are not already an ARN member and would like to receive the discounted rate, please join ARN before submitting your application. Before registering at the member pricing, let 24 hours for your membership to be processed.

June and December are the months for testing. To take the exam, you must complete an application and pay by the deadline listed below. Locate the nearest Test Site. (There are no test sites available outside of the United States, US territories, or Canada.)

Test Date: June 1-30, 2022
April 15, 2022, regular deadline
May 1, 2022, late deadline with an additional fee

Test Date: December 1-31, 2022
October 15, 2022, regular deadline
November 1, 2022, late deadline with an additional fee

  • Review the Candidate Handbook and Submit an Application

Candidates are strongly advised to read through the candidate handbook and apply for the exam online. Approximately 45 days previous to the start of the examination window, scheduling begins. You will receive an email with a link to the exam schedule, which will allow you to schedule your exam time based on test location availability. First-come, first-served appointments are available. This exam is not accessible at all international test venues.

  • Study for the Exam

Candidates are strongly urged to review the CRRN examination content outline while studying for the exam. RNCB suggests a number of resources for studying for the exam. ARN has also provided study resources to assist you in preparing for and maintaining your CRRN credential throughout your career.

  • Take the Test

Take the CRRN exam once you’ve finished studying so you can join the profession of rehabilitation nursing and work with patients who are eager to regain their independence.

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