CRNI® Exam Outline

The Detailed Content Outline, also available in the CRNI® Exam Handbook, provides an outline of the information that the CRNI® exam will test, broken down by content area. Each content area is assigned a percentage indicating how the topic area is weighted on the exam to help you tailor your study. You will want to familiarize yourself with all eight core areas listed. INCC encourages all applicants to complete a self-assessment using the Detailed Content Outline to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses to identify areas you may need to review or focus on.

CRNI® Exam References

Another valuable source of information is the Approved CRNI® Exam Reference List. This list of references is used by the CRNI® Exam item writers to validate the correct answers to the exam questions. If you find that during your study you need additional information we encourage you to use one of the resources listed on the exam bibliography. CRNI® Exam candidates should not feel like they must read all of the approved references. After carefully reviewing the Detailed Content Outline, and completing a self-assessment candidates are encouraged to identify additional references to supplement their study.

You may also wish to familiarize yourself with the Approved CRNI® Exam Abbreviation List. On this list you will find the abbreviations approved by INCC for use on CRNI® Exam items. Any abbreviation appearing on this list will be presented without reference to the full term. Other abbreviations which may appear on the CRNI® exam not on this list will appear in parenthesis following the term listed in full.

INS Study Resources

Your choice depends on your learning style and knowledge base. Following is a comprehensive list of study aids that many candidates have used to prepare for the CRNI® exam. For product details visit the INS Store.


Review Courses


Additionally, various organizations may offer CRNI® review courses. Your local INS chapter is an alternative source of information on any local review courses. INCC does not endorse or sponsor any review courses for the CRNI® exam. A listing here is not an endorsement for a program. INCC is not responsible for misinformation provided by Review Courses.

CRNI® Exam Checklist

There’s a lot to remember when it comes to preparing for the CRNI® exam!  The CRNI® Exam Checklist can help you make sure that you’ve got everything you need and know what to expect.