Online Certification Prep Courses

Nursing Students
  • PCCN: Advanced Progressive Care Nursing - Spring 2015
  • CCRN: Critical and Progressive Care Nursing - Fall 2015
  • CEN: Advanced Emergency Nursing - Not scheduled at this time
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 clock hours, 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.

These online certification preperation programs include:
  • The option to earn two university credits or non-credit/clock hours only
  • $425 non-credit tuition for nurses in all states
  • $525 tuition for two baccalaureate nursing credits depending on state of residence
  • The convenience of self-paced online learning guided by expert faculty
  • Quality preparation – the pass rate for students completing the WSU CCRN course is higher than the national average
  • The chance for you to improve your practice and patient outcomes - it goes beyond the tests
  • Case studies, sample exam questions and discussion - no papers
  • Collaborate and network with other participants electronically
  • Choose a time frame to study that fits YOUR schedule - approximately 30 hours at YOUR pace

If you would like to take this course for undergraduate credit (as required by some employers) please contact Winona State's support team at 507.457.5080. M-F 8:00am-4:00pm CST.

Enroll for credit or non-credit until January 25, 2015 with completion by May 8, 2015.

Online classroom opens January 12, 2015.

 

 

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.

CEN

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:  
  • Cardiovascular  
  • Gastrointestinal 
  • Genitourinary/gynecologic/obstetric
  • Maxillofacial/ocular 
  • Neurologic 
  • Orthopedic/wound
  • Psych/social
  • Respiratory
  • Substance abuse/toxicology
  • Shock/multisystem
  • Medical emergencies

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.
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.