In order to be eligible to take the Certified Clinical Transplant Nurses Exam, the candidate must have at least 12 months experience as a registered nurse, and an additional minimum of 12 months working as a transplant nurse.
This test is computer-based. You will have 3 hours to complete 175 multiple-choice questions. Of the 175 questions, only 150 will be scored.
Special testing accommodations are available for those who have approved conditions. This request must be made in writing.
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What categories are covered on this exam? How many questions are there for each category?
For the CCTN Exam, the questions will be based on one of three cognitive skill levels.
The first is recall. This is the ability to remember previously learned material.
The second is application. This is the ability to use previously learned material in new ways.
The third is analysis. This is the ability to break down information to find relationships between different components.
The categories covered on this exam are:
- Pre-transplantation Care
- Care Immediately Post-transplantation
- Transplantation Management
- Pharmacological Therapeutics
- Education and Discharge
- Professional Responsibilities
Regarding the scored exam items:
For the Pre-transplantation Care category, there will be 9 recall questions, 11 application questions, and 3 analysis questions.
The Care Immediately Post-transplantation category will consist of 7 recall questions, 9 application questions, and 16 analysis questions.
There will be 8 recall questions, 11 application questions, and 10 analysis questions for the Transplantation Management category.
Pharmacological Therapeutics is a category that will include 4 recall questions, 8 application questions, and 14 analysis questions.
For the Education and Discharge category, there will be 6 recall questions, 17 application questions, and 2 analysis questions.
The Professional Responsibilities category consists of 7 recall questions, 6 application questions, and 2 analysis questions.
How can I register for this exam?
You can register online or using a paper application.
If registering online, the registration fee must be paid via American Express, Discover, VISA or MasterCard. If registering via a paper application, you may pay with one of the above credit cards, or via personal check, cashier’s check, or money order.
What is the cost of the exam?
The cost of the CCTN Exam is $425 within the United States. If a testing site in another country is requested, an additional fee of $225 will be applied.
What are the testing dates and locations?
This exam is offered Monday – Saturday, throughout the year. You can choose from one of approximately 300 testing sites.
What should I do the day of the exam?
Report to the testing site on time. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you will not be allowed to take the exam.
Bring two current, valid forms of identification. The primary form of identification must consist of your name, signature, and photo. Copies are not allowed. Examples of acceptable forms of ID include driver’s license, passport, state identification, national identification, and military identification.
The second form of identification only requires your name and signature.
Items such as a hat, wallet, and keys may be brought to the testing center but must remain in a locker during testing.
What happens after I take the exam?
You will receive a printed copy of your score report. This report will also include whether you have passed or failed.
If you pass the exam the first time, you will receive your credential within 30-45 days.
What happens if I don’t pass the exam?
You may register to re-take the exam at any time, but will not be eligible to take the exam until it has been at least 90 days since you last took it.
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