In this article, find out what the main differences are between the CCRN-E and CCRN-K certifications and their eligibility requirements.

CCRN-E Certification

CCRN-E specialty certification is an extension of the CCRN certification program. This certification is created for nurses who care for critically ill adult patients in a centralized or remotely-based tele-ICU setting that is networked with the bedside via audiovisual communication and computer systems.

If you working in an education role or in a simulation lab, you would not be eligible for the CCRN-E credential. ¹ Read on to learn more about the right certification is right for you if you are in a simulation lab or an education role.

What is Required to Seek CCRN Certification?

It is important you have an unencumbered and current RN or APRN license from the United States. Next, you must meet at least one of these clinical practice hour requirements:

2-Year Option for CCRN-E Certification

As a RN or APRN you must have direct care of acutely or critically ill adult patients in a tele-ICU or in a combination of tele-ICU and direct care within the previous two years and accumulated more than 1,750 hours to be able to pursue your CCRN-E certification.  It’s important to note that 875 hours must have been completed in the preceding year you submit your application.

OR

5-Year Option for CCRN Certification

The biggest difference between 2-year and the 5-year option is the number of hours you need per year to pursue your  CCRN-E certification. In 5 years, you only need 2,000 hours of direct care of acutely or critically ill adult patients in a tele-ICU or in a combination of tele-ICU and direct care. This is only marginally more than the 2-year option, but you have three more years to achieve this minimum. You only need 144 hours to have been completed in the preceding year you submit your application.

Learn more about which clinical hours are eligible.

CCRN-E Exam Cost

If you are an AACN Member, the exam cost is $235 and for nonmembers it is $340.

Check out the CCRN-E handbook for complete eligibility requirements.

CCRN-K Certification

Whats the Difference Between CCRN or CCRN-K certification

CCRN-K is a certification for nurses who handle the care of acutely and critically ill adult, pediatrics or neonatal patients but do not primarily or exclusively provide direct care to these patients. The nursing career titles that pursue this credential include Clinical Educator, Manager/ Supervisor, Director, academic faculty and or nursing administrator.¹

What is Required to Seek CCRN-K Certification?

It is important you have an unencumbered and current RN or APRN license from the United States. Next, you must meet at least one of these clinical practice hour requirements:

Candidates must meet the following practice requirement to sit for your exam. It is important that you have practiced as an RN or APRN for at least 1,040 hours in the previous two years; of which 260 of those hours had to completed within the most recent year.

Practice hours are calculated differently for CCRN-K than for CCRNs. For CCRN-K, you must be able to show you applied your knowledge in a way that influences patient care in a positive way.

To learn more about CCRN-K eligible practice hour requirements. For complete eligibility requirements, check out the CCRN-K handbook.

CCRN-K Exam Cost

If you are an AACN Member, the exam cost is $235 and for non-members, it is $340.

Learn more about the CCRN certification.

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