CDN Practice Test
The Certified Dialysis Nurse (CDN) credential is available to registered nurses in the field of nephrology, who work specifically with patients who may require dialysis. The Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) developed the CDN certification exam to provide registered nurses with an opportunity to demonstrate their expertise and skills, as well as advance in their careers. The NNCC is a charter member of the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS).
The CDN certification exam is a comprehensive assessment that tests candidates’ knowledge of the processes, complications, and therapies related to dialysis. Candidates who are interested in earning the CDN credential must meet experience and education requirements.
Who is eligible to take the Certified Dialysis Nurse (CDN) Exam?
In order to qualify to take the Certified Dialysis Nurse (CDN) exam, candidates must:
- Have an active, unrestricted registered nurse license in the United States or its territories.
- Have at least 2,000 hours of experience as a registered nurse in nephrology, working with patients who may require, or require dialysis OR educating/supervising staff who work with patients who may require, or require dialysis. These hours must be completed within 2 years of applying for the CDN certification exam.
- Have completed 20 hours of continuing education in nephrology nursing prior to applying for the CDN certification exam. The continuing education must be accredited by one of the following organizations:
- The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
- The American Nurses’ Credentialing Center – Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA)
- The Council of Continuing Education
- California, Iowa, Florida, Ohio, or Kansas State Boards of Nursing
How to apply for the Certified Dialysis Nurse (CDN) Exam
To apply for the CDN certification exam, visit the NNCC-exam website and fill out the application. Candidates have the option to apply for the paper/pencil exam or the computer-based exam. The exam fees are listed below.
Non-partner Member Fees
- Exam fee: $350 (includes $50 non-refundable processing fee)
- One-time retake: $200
- Reschedule fee: $85
- Incomplete application fee: $25
Partner Member Fees
- Exam fee: $300
- One-time retake: $175
- Late fee: $50
Partner organizations include the Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs, the National Kidney Foundation, and the American Nephrology Nurses Association.
What is a passing score for the Certified Dialysis Nurse (CDN) Exam?
There are 200 questions on the CDN certification exam. In order to pass, candidates must correctly answer approximately 70% of the questions (about 140 questions).
Applicants who choose to take the computer-based exam will receive their results at the end of the test, while applicants who take the paper/pencil exam can expect their results within 4 to 6 weeks of testing.
What topics are covered on the Certified Dialysis Nurse (CDN) Exam?
The CDN certification exam requires candidates to apply principles, identify strategies, and recognize processes and complications related to dialysis. The assessment covers the following content areas:
- Concepts of kidney disease (28%)
- Hemodialysis (54%)
- Peritoneal dialysis (14%)
- Transplant & Acute therapies (4%)
Certified Dialysis Nurse Exam Secrets (Study Guide)
What to expect on test day
Candidates have 4 hours to complete 200 multiple-choice questions. There are options for the computer-based test, as well as the paper/pencil exam. Below you find some standard tips and rules for test day.
- Please plan to arrive at your testing location early to allow time for the check-in procedure
- All test-takers must present a government-issued ID with a photo and signature. Acceptable forms of ID include a driver’s license and a passport.
- Please bring the original C-NET examination permit.
- Notes, reference books, and other study materials are not allowed in the testing area.
- Test-takers do not need a calculator to complete this exam.
How to prepare for the Certified Dialysis Nurse (CDN) Exam
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