Medical Surgical Nurse Practice Test

Registered nurses working in the medical-surgical specialty area will eventually want to take the ANCC Medical-Surgical Nursing board certification examination. Receiving this credential recognizes the registered nurse as having the knowledge and skills required to provide the highest quality of care to their medical-surgical patients. After obtaining the certification requirements and successfully passing the medical-surgical exam, the candidate is awarded the credential of Registered Nurse – Board Certified (RN-BC). This credential is valid for 5 years and can be renewed by meeting the renewal requirements.


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What is the Medical-Surgical Nurse certification?

The Medical-Surgical Nurse certification is a certification in the medical-surgical nursing specialty. This certification shows that the nurse has the knowledge and skills to work in the medical-surgical specialty area.

How much does it cost to take the Medical-Surgical Nurse exam?

The regular fee to take the Medical-Surgical Nurse exam is $375. For those who are AMSN members, the exam fee is $255. Both of these fees include a non-refundable processing and administration fee of $75.

How do you become Medical-Surgical Nurse certified?

To become a certified Medical-Surgical Nurse, you will need to have an Associate’s Degree in Nursing or a Bachelor’s in Nursing. If you’re a newly graduated nurse, you can find an internship program for the medical-surgical specialty at many hospitals. If you’re an experienced nurse, you can choose to transfer into the medical-surgical unit to obtain training. The Medical-Surgical Nurse certification is a certification in the medical-surgical nursing specialty. This certification shows that the nurse has the knowledge and skills to work in the medical-surgical specialty area.

Is the Medical-Surgical Nurse exam all multiple choice?

The Medical-Surgical Nurse exam is all multiple choice. The exam contains 175 multiple choice questions.

How long do you have to take the Med-Surg Nurse test?

The Med-Surg Nurse exam is timed for three hours.

How do you sign up for the exam?

The first step in become Medical-Surgical Nurse certified is to make sure that you are eligible to take the exam. Once you have verified your eligibility, you will then be able to complete the application to sit for the exam. Three to five weeks after submitting your application, you will receive your exam permit. When you receive this, you will be able to schedule your exam.

What is the pass rate for the Medical-Surgical Nurse certification test?

Between 2013 and 2017, the pass rate for the Medical-Surgical Nurse exam has been between 78% and 81%.

What is a passing score for the Medical-Surgical Nurse exam?

The passing score for the Medical-Surgical Nurse exam is a score of 95, which is roughly equal to 71% correct.

How many questions are on the Medical-Surgical Nurse test?

The Medical-Surgical Nurse test contains 175 questions. Out of the 175 questions, 150 are scored while the remaining 25 are pretest questions that are not counted towards your final test score.

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Content and requirements on the test

Eligibility requirements to apply for the ANCC Medical-Surgical Nursing board certification examination include holding a current, active RN license in the United States or the legal equivalent in another country, a minimum of 2 years work experience as a full-time registered nurse, a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical practice in the medical-surgical nursing specialty within the last 3 years, and the completion of 30 hours of medical-surgical nursing continuing education within the last 3 years.

The exam contains 150 multiple choice questions. Of those 150 questions, 25 are unscored pretest questions. You will only be evaluated based on the 125 scored questions. These pretest questions are being considered for future tests and are being evaluated before becoming part of the scored questions. On the exam, there is no distinction between the test questions and the pretest questions, so you must answer all questions to the best of your ability.

The medical-surgical nursing exam allows 3 hours for completion. You will receive a test result of pass or fail immediately upon completion. If a failing grade is received, your results will also include diagnostic information indicating your proficiency in each content area. Each content area will indicate if you scored low, medium, or high in that area. Prometric administers all medical-surgical nursing exams. Candidates can submit an application to take the exam at Prometric testing centers can be found all over the United States. Testing can be scheduled Monday through Saturday (with the exception of holidays).

The medical-surgical nursing exam contains questions from four domains of practice: Assessment and Diagnosis; Planning, Implementation and Outcomes Evaluation; Professional Role; Health Teaching and Health Promotion.

The “Assessment and Diagnosis” domain of practice consists of 52 questions making up 42% of the exam. This domain is broken down into subcategories of “Skills” and “Knowledge.” Under skills, you are evaluated on your ability to:

  1. Collect health history
  2. Perform physical assessments
  3. Perform psychosocial assessments
  4. Perform cognitive assessments 
  5. Obtain diagnostic and lab testing
  6. Perform nursing diagnosis identification and prioritization 

Under the Knowledge subcategory of the Assessment and Diagnosis section, you will be evaluated on your:

  1. Understanding of Fluids and Electrolytes

The “Planning, Implementation and Evaluation” section of the Medical Surgical Nursing exam is also split into Skills and Knowledge categories which consist of 58 total questions (or 46% of the exam). Under skills, you will be evaluated on your ability to: 

  1. Plan nursing care
  2. Manage and prevent postoperative complications
  3. Teach patients

Your Knowledge of the following topics will also be gauged:

  1. Education topics (such as self-management, acute and chronic conditions, etc.)
  2. Patient safety measures
  3. Non-pharmacologic treatments
  4. Medication interactions and adverse effects
  5. Health and wellness promotion

The final section of the Medical Surgical Nursing Exam revolves around your Skills and Knowledge of the “Professional Role.” You will answer 15 questions regarding your skill at:

  1. Therapeutic communication

And your knowledge of:

  1. Nursing ethics

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I studied about a month before I tested. The tips for testing were helpful and the content helped to condense to know what to study. The questions were good especially with the narratives of each question. I passed of my first attempt so I will give it a 5 star!!!

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This definitely helped me pass the med-surg exam. It's a quick paced reference guide, so I didn't have to do all the research myself.

Medical-Surgical Study Guide – Customer

I passed in one try! This exam prep was a great basic review that covered the outline of the ANCC RN-BC exam. It was very general, but that's all I needed for the exam. Medsurg is a very broad topic in the scope of nursing practice, and this book did the trick. I've recommended it as a study guide to my coworkers.

Medical-Surgical Study Guide – Customer

I thank you for this book I have been a nurse for 30+ years it has served as a fantastic refresher for me. The information provided is invaluable I plan to read this entire book at least three times from front to back before my test. It deals with all the body systems and that is great. It is a great study guide.

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This book has been very helpful in helping me study for my upcoming med surg certification exam. It's very brief and to the point. I especially love the review questions and answers guide with rationale. I highly recommend this book for review for the med surg test.

Medical-Surgical Study Guide – Joy

Many of the nursing books, especially medical surgical books, are overwhelming with its content. This book seems to be different. It is composed of the nursing process. Nursing process is a systematic method of providing nursing care. Its components are assessment and nursing diagnosis, planning and outcome identification, implementation and evaluation, which are all here in this book. Usually, in medical surgical book of nursing, nursing process is just at the end part of each body system. In this book, nursing process is thoroughly explained. The diseases are broken down in each body system in accordance to the nursing process. The importance of medical surgical nursing is not just about knowing our body system and its diseases or disorders but to know how to apply the knowledge, so that you are able to give exceptional care to your patients. This book helps you being good not only in medical surgical nursing but also when caring for your patients. Because of its assessment, which is really detailed, is the reason you will be guided accordingly to the right nursing diagnosis. You should take towards the right planning, implementation, and evaluation. The most important component in nursing process is assessment. If your assessment is wrong, everything will be wrong and you won't get a good outcome in your evaluation, because in the first place that is not the problem of your patient. Taking the medical surgical nursing is the application of what you will learn from this book. This book is incomparable because it already relates and applies the knowledge about medical surgical nursing to an individual. It seems to help you more on situational questions that are usually the questions in medical surgical nursing exam as well as the other nursing exams. It is complete enough by having its tips, tricks and test strategies. Aside from that, it also has secrets to ace the test and it's up to you to find out.

Medical-Surgical Study Guide – Maloney

I really like the book as it is thin, not bulky. It has concise, to the point course material for easier comprehension. I love the way the disease processes are briefly outlined with all factual material needed to understand the disease entity. I am an older, seasoned nurse of 38 yrs. I work primarily in an Ob-Gyn , Gyn Oncology Presurgical unit and a lot of diseases processes have become vague to me; thus, this book provides a refresher course for me. We are broadening our scope of patients and we now see a wider array of sicker pts. stemming from all kinds of medical surgical, breast cancers, etc. Therefore in order to help these pts., I need to become familiar with my patients existing disease processes and the associated related surgical effects, if any, on their conditions. This book is also ideal in helping me review my patients medical surgical background and is very much helpful for me in preparing to take the certification exam in the Spring 2016. I love this book and I am looking forward to learning as much as possible through this medium. Thank you so much Mometrix for this book. The concepts are easily understandable.

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