The Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN) exam is a voluntary certification administered by the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) to validate the qualifications, specialized knowledge, and dedication to the continued education of a candidate in rehabilitation nursing.
Obtaining the CRRN certificate is not a required component of your nursing career. However, the five-year certification demonstrates your competence, skills, and advanced knowledge in the realm of rehabilitative care. Becoming CRRN certified makes you more competitive to a potential employer and highlights your dedication to your career.
The ARN established eligibility requirements for certification:
- Hold an unrestricted, current RN license for the United States, its territories, or Canada; and
- At the time of application, completion of one of
- Five years preceding the exam, two years of practice as a registered nurse in rehabilitation nursing; or
- Five years preceding the exam, one year as a registered nurse in rehabilitation and one year of advanced study in nursing.
You do not have to be a member of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) to take the CRRN, but members receive a discount on the examination fee.
The application process
Once you meet eligibility requirements, you will apply for the examination online. Your application packet will include:
- Contact information, including email
- ARN membership number – if applicable
- Registered Nurse license number and issuing state
- Two references, including contact information,
verifying your experience
- One reference must be from your immediate supervisor
- One reference from a professional colleague
- If you are in private practice, contact ARN for alternate arrangements
- Payment of the registration fee
ARN sends notification by email to candidates to register for the exam after the application and payment are received.
Test design and cost
The CRRN exam consists of 175 multiple-choice, computer-delivered questions. You will have three hours to complete the questions in four content domains:
- Domain I: Rehabilitation Nursing Models and
Theories – 6% of the exam
- Evidence-based practice, models, and theories
- Domain II: Functional Health Patterns – in
individuals with injury, chronic illness, and disability – 58% of the exam
- Standards of care and intervention
- Domain III: Function of the Rehabilitation Team
and Community Reintegration – 13% of the exam
- Collaboration with teams to achieve patient-centered goals
- Applying the nursing process to promote community reintegration
- Domain IV: Legislative, Economic, Ethical, and
Legal Issues – 23% of the exam
- Integration of legislation and regulations in the management of patient care
- Delivering cost-effective patient-centered care
- Integration of ethical considerations and legal obligations affecting nursing
- Quality and safety in patient-centered care
The exam costs $285.00 for ARN members and $425.00 for non-members. Acceptable forms of payment include credit or debit card, eCheck, and third-party payment.
Delivery method and location
The exam is a computer-based test and delivered at Castle Worldwide Testing Centers. Centers are available worldwide, and each center has specific testing days and times. Once you receive the email from ARN stating you have successfully registered, you will schedule your exam directly with the center.
Plan to arrive at the testing center at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. You will need to provide your confirmation letter and photo identification for admittance. Leave personal belongings at home as you are not allowed to bring them into the testing area, and the center may not have secured storage.
After you have signed in you will be directed to your testing station. You cannot bring anything with you to your testing station, and everything you need for the exam is provided. Take care to follow the directions of the testing center staff and do not talk to other test takers. If you are caught breaking the rules, you could be asked to leave, your exam canceled and your fee forfeited.
Your score consists of the number of questions you answered correctly. There is no penalty for guessing; however, questions that are incorrect or omitted are counted as incorrect responses. At the conclusion of your exam, you will receive a score report. To pass the test, you must achieve a scaled score report of 500. Your score report will include your pass or fail status and information on your performance in the domains and subareas.
If you do not pass the examination, you can register to retake the test during the next available testing window. You will have to apply and pay the registration fee each time you retake the exam. Unlimited retakes are allowed.
Candidates that pass the exam will receive their certificate and information about renewal approximately six weeks after the testing window closes. You must renew your certificate every five years.
How Can I Prepare for the CRRN Test?
That’s a great question. We’ve broken down the answer into three parts.
- Do yourself a favor and study. Do not walk in unprepared. We have recommended prep materials below, but that only helps if you actually try. Plus, studying is actually proven to be the best antidote to test anxiety.
- Take care of yourself. Make sure you’re eating well, exercising, and sleeping. All of these things are scientifically linked to brain performance. If you take care of your body, you’ll be helping your grades.
- Get a study guide or set of flashcards. Some people study better a certain way. Find your study strengths and make the most of them. We’ve tried to make it easy for you by tracking down the best study guide and flashcard set for your exam. Below you’ll see links to both!