Certified Occupational Health Nurse Exam
In order to be eligible to take the Certified Occupational Health Nurse Exam, you must have a valid RN license or equivalent, as well as 3,000 hours of paid work in occupational health nursing, within the last 5 years.
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If you do not have 3,000 work hours within the past 5 years, you must have completed an occupational health nursing certificate program OR had been in a graduate program related to occupational health, within that same 5-year time period.
The exam consists of 160 questions, with 25 being pre-test, and 135 being scored. All questions use the multiple-choice format. You are given three hours to complete the exam via the computer.
Special testing accommodations are available for those who have conditions that are approved by the Americans with Disabilities Act
Some testing accommodations include extended testing time, additional breaks, small group setting, Braille test materials, large print test materials, ability to take prescription medications with water, hand-held magnifier, and seat cushion.
What subjects are covered on this exam? How many questions are there for each subject?
The questions of this exam are based on the four categories of clinician, coordinator, advisor, and case manager. In addition, the nursing process steps that are tested are assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation.
There will be 48 questions on the clinician role, 41 questions for the coordinator role, 22 questions for the advisor role, and 24 questions for the case manager role.
The core content areas are:
- Chemical hazards
- Biologic hazards
- Physical hazards/Ergonomics
- Safety and industrial hygiene issues
- Standards and regulations
- Emergency response
- Disease management
- Health education/Promotion
- Management principles
- Information management/Recordkeeping
- Clinical practice
How can I register for this exam?
You can register online or via a paper application. Online registration requires payment by credit card. With a paper application, payment can be made using a credit card, check, or money order.
What is the cost of the exam?
The cost of taking this exam is $400.
What are the testing dates and locations?
COHN is offered at more than 300 test centers in the U.S., on a continuous basis. Testing appointments can be made for various times, Monday – Saturday, within your 120-day testing window. There may slight differences in normal business hours among test centers, so be sure to confirm availability.
What should I do the day of the exam?
Report to the testing site on time, to ensure you have enough time to go through the check-in process. You will not be admitted to take the exam if you arrive 15 or more minutes late.
Bring two forms of identification. Be sure the name on your IDs is the same name on your registration. If a name change has occurred, bring proof that this was a legal change. Documents such as a marriage license or divorce decree would suffice as proof.
Do not bring a calculator or pencils into the testing area. In addition, personal items such as a watch, hat, or keys will not be allowed in the testing area, they must be stored in a locker at the test site.
What happens after I take the exam?
The proctor at the site will give you a report that states if you passed or failed the exam. If you pass, you will receive an official score report, wall certificate, and digital badge via mail.
What happens if I don’t pass the exam?
You can re-take the exam as many times as necessary, but there is a waiting period of 45 days between each attempt.
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