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 number of questions indicating how the topic area is weighted on the exam to help you tailor your study. You will want to familiarize yourself with all three 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. 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.

  • The CRNI® Study Guide and Practice Questions
  • The Core Curriculum for Infusion Nursing, 4th edition
  • The Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice
  • Infusion Nursing: An Evidence-Based Approach
  • Policies and Procedures for Infusion Therapy, 5th edition
  • Policies and Procedures for Infusion Therapy of the Older Adult, 3rd edition

A Smart & Convenient Online CRNI® Exam Prep Course

CRNI® Academy combines information from four CRNI® study resources (Core Curriculum for Infusion Nursing, Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice, Infusion Nursing: An Evidence-Based Approach, and Policies and Procedures for Infusion Therapy), into one comprehensive, online study tool. It also includes sample exam questions, flashcards, a personalized study plan, and intelligent gamification tools to help you prepare for the CRNI® exam.

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. 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.

Please note: INCC does not endorse these references and is not involved in their development. They are not required for certification.


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