Online Certification Prep Courses
These certification preparation courses have been specifically developed for Registered Nurses currently caring for adults in critical care, progressive/acute care, or emergency nursing units. Ideal for RNs seeking certification and CNEs, or credit toward a RN-BSN degree, these fully online courses are designed to work around your busy schedule and help you advance your career.
This online certification prep program includes:
Non-credit/CNE enrollment for PCCN open now.
If you would like to take this course for undergraduate credit (as required by some employers) please click here for the "Visiting Student Agreement" and enrollment form. If you need assistance, contact Winona State's support team at
Enroll until January 24, 2014 with completion by May 9, 2014
Course content is designed to meet knowledge requirements for practice and/or certification in critical care nursing and as such, promotes continuing excellence in the nursing profession. Course content will be based on the current topic and certification blueprints established by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) Certification Corporation.
CCRN & PCCN
CCRN learning activities will address clinical judgment in the areas of cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine, hematology/immunology, neurology, gastrointestinal, renal, multisystem and psychosocial/behavioral. The course will also explore concepts of professional caring and ethical practice in nursing. It consists of animated voice-over-Powerpoints, readings and sample exam questions, and an interactive message board where the class participants and instructors share ideas and discuss.
This course is specifically designed for Registered Nurses currently caring for adult and pediatric patients in emergency or urgent care settings. Course content is designed to meet knowledge requirements for practice and/or certification in emergency nursing and as such, promotes continuing excellence in the nursing profession. Course content will be based on the current Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) Blueprint established by Board for Certification in Emergency Nursing (BCEN).
The emphasis of learning activities will address clinical judgment in the nursing care of patients with disruptions of the following systems:
Patient care management and professional issues as included in the blueprint will also be incorporated. The American Nurses Association has announced its formal recognition of emergency nursing as a specialty practice.
Courses were developed by Catherine Nosek, PhD, RN, and Roberta Bumann, DNP, RN, PCCN, and Marnie Johnson, RN, BA, CEN, CCRN with support from HealthForce Minnesota.
Catherine Nosek, PhD, RN has 32 years of experience in critical care and high acuity nursing, working as a staff nurse, clinical professor, and nurse educator. Catherine has a MSN and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing. She is a Professor of Nursing at Winona State University and a critical care nurse at Winona Health. In 2013, Dr. Nosek was honored as the Professor of the Year by the Winona State University Student Senate.
Marnie Johnson, RN, BA, CEN, CCRN has been a registered nurse for 17 years, working as a staff RN in critical care and emergency nursing. Marnie has been certified in Emergency Nursing (CEN) since 2000 and in Adult Critical Care Nursing (CCRN) since 2006. She holds a BA in Spanish from the University of North Dakota, and an Associate of Science in Nursing from Hibbing Community College. Marnie has been an active member of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) since 1999, focusing on the development of members in the areas of specialty certification and professional presentations. She currently serves as the Minnesota State Council’s Certification Chair. Marnie is currently transitioning from her role as a staff RN in the Emergency Department at Mayo Clinic Rochester to that of the Patient Care Manager of the Emergency Department/Urgent Care at Fairview University Center-Mesabi in Hibbing, Minnesota.
These preparation courses do not include the certification exams.
CCRN and PCCN exam eligibility requires 1,750 hours of direct bedside care of acutely or critically ill adult patients within the previous two years; with 875 of those hours accrued in the most recent year preceding application. Information about the exam is provided in the course. Additional information may be found on the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) Certification Corporation website.