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Class Information for Medical Surgical & Progressive Care Nursing Certification Review Course


This three day course will provide information to prepare the registered nurse to take the ANCC®, AACN® or AMSN® Medical Surgical or Progressive Care Nursing Certification Examination. Topics include:(1)cardiovascular;(2) pulmonary;(3)neurology and musculoskeletal; (4) behavioral disorders; (5) immunology, hematology, and dermatology; (6) endocrinology; (7) renal and genitourinary systems; (8) gastroenterology; (9) multisystem disorders; and (10) progressive care concepts. Additionally there is a diagnostic Basic Knowledge Assessment Test (BKAT)® that will be administered before and after the course to assess learning needs and identify areas for further review prior to sitting for the certification exam in the following specialties: Medical-Surgical Nursing and Progressive Care Nursing

Contact Hours

Total Contact hours = 20.5 Contact hours will be awarded to those individuals who attend the entire event and complete and submit the evaluation forms. This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Maryland Nurses Association an accredited approver by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. For more information regarding contact hours, please call Melanie Mudd/Nurse Educator at (301)827-4755. This activity has no commercial support or sponsorship. Planner, presenters and content reviewers disclose no conflict of interest relative to this educational activity.

Special Comments

No partial contact hours will be awarded. Requires a pretest and posttest for completion of the course

Target Audience

CRNs in the MSS Service (Priority) however other CRNs within CCND and associated institutes will be considered on case-by-case basis.

Course Objectives

1. Review and describe physiology of major body systems 2. Relate the pathophysiologic basis of various disease states to the nursing process 3. Identify/evaluate outcome criteria to determine effectiveness of nursing care 4. Employ test-taking strategies and practice certification exam sample questions


For certification: (2 years’ experience, 2000 hours of clinical practice in medical surgical or progressive care). Applicants should be CRNs in the Medical Surgical Specialties Approval from Nurse Manager is required for this course Please contact Paul Wong paul.wong@nih.gov or Mary Myers mmyers@cc.nih.gov if you have questions.

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