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MED-ED CCRN-PCCN Exam Review Course

UPDATE: Now offered via Zoom (Live course has been cancelled)

This two or three-day course is designed to provide critical care and progressive care nurses a review of AACN’s core curriculum. The course combines central knowledge-based lectures so that nurses working in the PCU and ICU arenas will have a review of AACN’s certification blueprint. The first day will provide the critical care provider with an essential review of nursing care and interventions designed for the ICU setting. The second day of this lecture series will combine both the critical care and the progressive care areas. Information essential to each will be presented in a combined method still complying with AACN’s certification blueprint. The third day will be specifically for the progressive care provider and complete AACN’s blueprint for system review. This review is not an introduction to the environment of the ICU or PCU, but a comprehensive update for the professional already in practice at the bedside and preparing for either or both of the certification examinations.

Activity Details
Start Date: June 1, 2020
End Date: June 3, 2020
Time: June 1, 2020 
8:00 am – 4:30 pm (Registration 7:30 - 8:00 am)

June 2, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Registration 7:30 -8:00 am)

June 3, 2020
8:00 am - 4:30 pm (Registration 7:30 – 8:00 am)
Location: UPDATE:
Now offered via Zoom (Live course has been cancelled)
Download: Event Brochure

Registration for this event is closed. For questions, please e-mail Amanda.E.Sanchez@hitchcock.org.

Registration is online and by credit card only. 

The registration fees are as follows:

Internal DHMC employee:

  • CCRN (June 1 & 2, 2020): $50
  • PCCN (June 2 & 3, 2020): $50
  • CCRN-PCCN (June 1-3, 2020): $75

Member Organization and NEAH Hospital Employees:

  • CCRN (June 1 & 2, 2020): $100
  • PCCN (June 2 & 3, 2020): $100
  • CCRN-PCCN (June 1-3, 2020): $150


  • CCRN (June 1 & 2, 2020): $200
  • PCCN (June 2 & 3, 2020): $200
  • CCRN-PCCN (June 1-3, 2020): $250

Preregistration and payment required. There will be no refunds after the registration deadline has been reached. A $10 administrative fee for a registration fee of under $50, and a $25 administrative fee for a registration of $50 and over, will be retained on all refunds requested before the registration deadline. For registration questions, please e-mail clpd.support@hitchcock.org or call (603) 653-1234.

If you need to cancel your registration, please call (603) 653-1234 or email clpd.support@hitchcock.org. Cancellations should be made 10 days in advance. If you need to cancel within 10 of this event please email: Amanda.E.Sanchez@hitchcock.org

Plan of the Day

Day 1, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm: CCRN only


  • Physiology and Hemodynamics
  • Cardiac Pharmacology
  • Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Acute Myocardial Infarction
  • Heart Failure, Pulmonary Edema
  • Cardiogenic Shock
  • Acute Peripheral Vascular Insufficiency
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Hypertensive Crisis
  • Structural Heart Defects

Lunch 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


  • Assessment and Physiology
  • Acute Respiratory Failure
  • Ventilator Strategies
  • ARDS
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary Embolus
  • Asthma
  • Chest Trauma
  • Pulmonary Hypertension

Neuro Assessments

  • Space-Occupying Lesions
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Brain Death
  • Encephalopathy
  • Neurologic Infectious Disease

Day 2, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm: CCRN/PCCN

Exam Preparation

  • Requirements
  • Study Techniques
  • Resources
  • References and Practice

Professional Caring and Ethical Practice

  • Synergy Model
  • Systems Thinking
  • Advocacy and Moral Agency
  • Response to Diversity
  • Facilitation of Learning
  • Clinical Inquiry


  • Life-Threatening Coagulopathies
  • Anemia
  • Thrombocytopenia


  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis
  • HHS
  • Diabetes Insipidus
  • Hypoglycemia

Lunch 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


  • Renal Assessment
  • Acute Renal Failure
  • CKD
  • Electrolyte Imbalances
  • Integumentary Disorders


  • GI Hemorrhage, Hepatic Failure
  • Acute Pancreatitis, Bowel Infarction
  • Abdominal Trauma
  • GI Infection
  • GI Motility Disorders

Behavioral and Psychosocial

  • Delirium and Dementia
  • Mood Disorders and Depression
  • Substance Abuse
  • PTSD, Suicidal Behaviors

Multisystem Failure

  • Bariatric Complications
  • Healthcare-Associated Infections
  • Sepsis Continuum
  • Shock States, MODS
  • Multisystem Trauma
  • Toxic Exposure/Ingestions

Day 3, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm: PCCN only


  • Assessment and Physiology
  • Cardiac Pharmacology
  • Acute Coronary Syndrome, STEMI
  • Post CABG
  • Heart Failure, Pulmonary Edema
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Aneurysm
  • Acute Inflammatory Disease
  • Dysrhythmias
  • Cardiomyopathies
  • Cardiac Tamponade
  • Valvular Disease
  • Genetic Cardiac Disease

Lunch 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


  • Assessment and Physiology
  • Acute Respiratory Distress and Failure
  • Acute Lung Injury
  • Respiratory Infections
  • Pulmonary Embolus
  • Severe Asthma, Chronic Lung Disease
  • Pneumothorax
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Exacerbation of COPD
  • Sleep-Disordered Breathing
  • Thoracic Surgery

Neuro Assessments

  • Intracranial Hemorrhage
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Brain Death
  • Encephalopathy
  • Neurologic Infectious Disease
Learning Outcome(s)

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Discuss and practice test-taking skills.
  • Review critical anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of each system.
  • Discuss significant assessment and diagnostic findings relevant to the critical and/or progressive care environment.
  • Discuss clinical presentation as well as specific patient management of commonly seen critical care conditions.

RN/LPN/LVN/Other: 14.5 Contact Hours (Two Days Attendance)

21.5 Contact Hours (Three Days Attendance)

MED-ED, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

MED-ED, Inc. is an approved provider by the following State Boards of Nursing: Florida/FBN 50-1286, Iowa/296, California #CEP10453.

If your profession is not listed, we suggest contacting your board to determine your continuing education requirements and ask about reciprocal approval. Many boards will approve this seminar based on the accreditation of the boards listed here.

Additional Information

For registration questions, please e-mail clpd.support@hitchcock.org.

For accessibility needs, dietary or any other requests, please email Amanda.E.Sanchez@hitchcock.org.

If you do not wish to be included on the conference participant list, please email clpd.support@hitchcock.org to inform us.

The CME and CNE Offices are not liable for expenses incurred by participants due to cancellation or changes in programs.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Employees - Tuition fees must be paid online by credit card. D-H Accounts Payable will no longer process internal transfers of registration fees. Individuals must pay online with a credit card and then seek reimbursement, if appropriate.

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