Pediatric CCRN Exam

The CCRN exam is a specialty certification exam offered to nurses whose goal is to provide direct care to pediatric patients, as well as adult and neonatal patients with acute, and/or chronic illnesses.


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Who is eligible?

The exam is open to licensed RN’s and APRN’s in the U.S.

As an RN, or APRN, you will have also:

  • Spent 1,750 hours in direct care of critically ill adult patients during the previous two years, OR;
  • Spent 2,000 hours in direct care of critically ill adult patients within the last five years

How long is the exam?

The exam is 3 hours long, and consists of 150 multiple choice questions. 125 of these questions are scored, while the other 25 questions are used to gather data for future exams.

Is there a registration fee?

Yes. If you are taking the CCRN exam for the first time, the cost is as follows:

  • AACN members: $235
  • Nonmembers: $340

For those who are retaking the test:

  • AACN members: $170
  • Nonmembers: $275

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How is it scored?

Each candidate’s score is measured against a predetermined number, meaning that candidates are expected to meet a certain cut score.

For the Pediatric CCRN exam, the cut score is 86. In order to be certified, you must get at least 86 questions correct out of the 125 questions that are scored.

What makes up the Pediatric CCRN Exam?

Clinical Judgment is 80% of the Pediatric CCRN exam, and it can be broken down into subsections:

  • Cardiovascular – 15%
  • Endocrine/Hematology/Gastrointestinal/Renal/Integumentary – 19%
  • Pulmonary – 16%
  • Musculoskeletal/Neurology/psychosocial – 16%
  • Multisystem – 14%

Professional caring and ethical practice make up the other 20% of the exam:

  • Advocacy/Moral Agency
  • Caring Practices
  • Response to Diversity
  • Facilitation of Learning
  • Collaboration
  • Systems Thinking
  • Clinical Inquiry

Wondering how you can apply?

You can apply for the exam online, or by filling out a paper application. No matter how you choose to register for the exam, make sure you use your legal name.

Your legal name is the name that will be on your photo identification when you show up for the exam. It is the same name that will be printed on your certificate.

Applying Online?:

The online application has same day processing. You may apply online at Get Certified

Paper Application:

Paper applications are required for persons applying for paper and pencil exams, those who are applying in groups, and for testing outside the U.S.

Complete the application, making sure to fill in all requested information, including information about your RN and APRN licensing.

Keep in mind that processing a paper application can take around 2 to 3 weeks.

What happens after I register?

After you register, you should:

  • Receive notice of processed application.
    • You will receive an email from AACN confirming that you have successfully applied to take the CCRN exam.
  • Receive approval-to-test e-mail.
    • A few days after receiving your confirmation email, you will receive an email from AACN’s testing service (PSI/AMP). You may also receive a postcard in the mail that will include relevant information, including your exam identification number.
  • Schedule your exam:
    • Testing is offered twice daily, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., with Saturday appointments being available at most locations.
    • You can locate a PSI/AMP testing location by visiting
  • Take your exam:
    • If you complete your exam on a computer, your results will be presented the same day, on-site.
    • For paper and pencil exams, results will be mailed out 3 to 4 weeks after completing your paper exam.
    • If results show a passing score, then congrats, you will receive your certificate within 3 to 4 weeks after completion of your exam.

If you did not pass, don’t worry. You’re able to reapply and take the exam up to 4 times in a 12-month period.

Anything else I need to know?

Your CCRN certification is good for three years. After three years you are responsible for renewing it.

This involves retaking the CCRN exam, or by renewing your certification through the CERPS program, (The Continuing Education Recognition Points Program).

Either way, it’s important to refresh your knowledge as often as possible.

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Yes. Mometrix has great study resources, including flashcards, for those who are preparing to take the exam for the first time, or for those who are about to renew their certification.

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