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Welcome to the ARN Competencies Assessment Tool (CAT).

The ARN-CAT contains 16 individual assessments, each targeting a specific skill or competency area critical to rehabilitation nursing. 

Each assessment contains a collection of challenging knowledge or scenario-based multiple choice questions, with a rationale and reference provided for all correct answers. Users can complete each assessment as often as they wish. The ARN-CAT reports the number of attempts and the last score earned. Whether you use it on yourself or as part of staff training and evaluation, the ARN-CAT is the perfect resource to help evaluate basic rehabilitation nursing skills and competencies.

The ARN-CAT has been successfully used by Nurse Managers, Administrators, Educators, and Case Managers needing a simple way to evaluate staff competency in the basic areas of rehabilitation nursing. The next time you need to provide evidence of competency to JCAHO, or to test your staff's knowledge to meet internal education goals, or evaluate the proficiency of visiting/floating nurses, think of the ARN-CAT.

The assessments cover:

  • Autonomic Dysreflexia
  • Bladder Function
  • Bowel Function
  • Communication
  • Disability
  • Dysphagia
  • Gerontology
  • Musculoskeletal, Body Mechanics, Functional Transfer Techniques
  • Neuropathophysiology and Functional Assessment
  • Pain
  • Patient and Family Education
  • Pediatrics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Safe Patient Handling
  • Sexuality
  • Skin and Wound Care

ARN-CAT - Free for Individual Members

The ARN Compentencies Assessment Tool (CAT) is a free resource for individual ARN members only. Non-members and facilities can purchase a one-year subscription beginning at $35 per user. Discounted multi-user packages are also available. If your facility is interested in purchasing a package, please contact ARN Member Services at 800.229.7530 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

If you are not yet an ARN member, please consider joining to receive this and other great benefits included with membership. Click here to see if membership is right for you.

ARN members, and non-members who have already purchased access, click here to access the CAT.

Non-members interested in purchasing individual access, please click here.

If you are interested in purchasing a discounted multi-user package from ARN, please contact us at 800.229.7530 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for pricing information.

Does your facility already use the HealthStream learning management system? The ARN CAT is also available for purchase via HealthStream. Contact HealthStream at or call 615-301-3100 for more information including pricing and purchasing terms.

Resources for further education regarding Rehab Nursing Competencies can be found in our bookstore.

Copyright © 2012 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. All Rights Reserved. This assessment tool is protected by copyright. No part of this assessment may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.