Steps to Earning Your CRRN Certification

1. Confirm Eligibility

Candidates for the CRRN® examination must meet the following eligibility criteria at the time of application:

  • Current, unrestricted US, US territories, or Canadian RN licensure
  • Completion of at least one of the following at the time of application:
    • Within the five years preceding the examination, completion of two years of practice as a registered professional nurse in rehabilitation nursing; or
    • Within the five years preceding the examination, completion of one year of practice as a registered professional nurse in rehabilitation nursing and one year of advanced study (beyond baccalaureate) in nursing.

Examples of rehabilitation nursing practice roles:

Academic instructor
Case manager
Clinical nurse specialist
Community nurse
Consultant
Head nurse
Home health nurse
In-service instructor
Insurance nurse
Nurse clinician
Nurse liaison
Nurse manager
Nurse practitioner
Nursing administrator
Researcher
Staff nurse

 

Potential rehabilitation practice settings:

Clinic
Community agency/home health agency
Department of Veterans Affairs medical center
Educational institution
General hospital (with or without rehabilitation unit)
Insurance company
Long-term care facility
Private company/private practice
Rehabilitation facility
Skilled nursing facility
Sub-acute unit

2. Exam Deadlines and Fees*

ARN members:  $285
Nonmembers:  $425

If you are not currently an ARN Member but would like to become one and receive the reduced rate, simply click here to join ARN prior to submitting your application. 

*The fees are subject to change. These fees apply to online applications only.

To register for the examination, candidates must submit the application by the deadline.

Examination dates Application receipt deadlines
June 1-30, 2017
April 15, 2017 (May 1, 2017, with late fee)
December 1-31, 2017 October 15, 2017 (November 1, 2017, with late fee)

3. Prepare for the exam

Candidates are strongly encouraged to review CRRN examination content outline when preparing for the examination.  The examination is based on current knowledge of theory and practice in rehabilitation nursing. The recommended resources listed here, although not comprehensive, may be helpful to review in preparing for the examination. Check with a local ARN chapter or within your facility to find CRRN exam study groups. 

4. Review the candidate handbook and apply for the exam

Candidates are strongly encouraged to review the candidate handbook and then apply for the exam via an online portal. Once your application has been approved, you will receive an e-mail containing a link to the examination schedule and you will schedule your examination based on the test site availability.

5. Schedule the Exam

Testing takes place in June and December.  Each testing center maintains its own schedule, based on overall demand and scheduling constraints. Some centers have a limited schedule or limited seating. Testing appointments are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Not all international test sites are available for this examination. For a list of test centers, click here.