Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing Practice Test

The Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing certification exam, which is administered by the National Certification Corporation (NCC), is designed to measure specialty knowledge and application in the field of neonatal intensive care. Those who pass the exam receive the RNC-INC certification.

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To be eligible to take the exam, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • You must hold a current RN license in the US
  • You must have at least two years of RN experience (comprised of at least 2,000 hours of practice time)

Exam Outline Review

The Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing exam contains 175 multiple-choice questions, 15 of which are unscored, and you will be given a time limit of three hours.

The exam is split into five content categories:

  1. General Assessment (9%)
  2. General Management (44%)
  3. Assess and Manage Pathophysiologic States (39%)
  4. Psychosocial Support (5%)
  5. Professional Issues (3%)

exam outline for the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing exam, which contains 175 multiple-choice questions and has a time limit of 3 hours

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To register for the exam, you will need to complete an online application on the NCC website. The application will require your personal, licensure, and employment information, and you will need to pay the $50 application fee and $275 examination fee.

Once your application is approved, you will receive instructions for setting up the test date.

Test Day

In-person Testing

You should arrive at the testing center 30 minutes early to allow time for the check-in process. Upon entering the testing center, you must provide two forms of identification, which include a photograph and your name and signature.

Electronic devices, notes, reference materials, and other items are not allowed in the testing room, so you will be asked to leave those items in a secure locker until the exam is over.

Before the exam begins, you will be given the opportunity to take a practice test to become familiar with the test design and computer. Once the practice test is complete, you will begin the real exam.

Live Remote Proctoring

You should sign in to the testing portal 15-30 minutes early. During the check-in period, your identification will be checked, and you will be asked to scan your testing area using your webcam. The remote proctor will then go over the testing rules and expectations to ensure you are prepared.

Once the proctor has determined you are ready, the exam will begin.

How the Exam is Scored

This exam is scored using a criterion-reference method, meaning that the passing score is based on a criterion predetermined by a set of subject-matter experts.

When you receive your official score report from the NCC, it will reveal your pass/fail status, but it will not tell you what your final score is. Instead, it will provide you with feedback on each section of the exam in the form of single- or two-word descriptors: Very Weak, Weak, Average, Strong, and Very Strong.

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Online RNC-NIC Prep Course

If you want to be fully prepared, Mometrix offers an online Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse prep course. The course is designed to provide you with any and every resource you might want while studying. The RNC-NIC course includes:

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How many questions are on the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing exam

There are 175 multiple-choice questions on the exam.

How long is the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing exam?

The time limit for the exam is 3 hours.

How much does the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing exam cost?

The examination fee is $275.

By Kate Nockunas

Kate has been Mometrix’s Nursing and Medical Editor for over four years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Vanderbilt University, a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Marymount University, and a master’s degree in Education from Johns Hopkins. Kate is a critical care registered nurse who still works occasionally in the ICU and PACU.


by Mometrix Test Preparation | This Page Last Updated: August 14, 2023

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