Study and Prepare

When you’re a busy emergency nurse working toward certification, how do you find time to hit the books? We know you don’t have a lot of free time, and many of you have full-time jobs along with other commitments like family, volunteer work and more. However, certification is only a season in the grand scheme of your career, and its value will last far longer than the momentary stress of test prep. At BCEN, we have numerous ways to help you study
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Congratulations on making the decision to achieve your certification and demonstrate your commitment to your patients and career! The secret to success is strong preparation. BCEN® offers the following tools and resources to help you prepare.


Preparation Checklist – helps guide you as you prepare, from the application, to taking a practice test, to scheduling your exam.

CTRN Content Outline – become familiar with the topics on the exam so you are prepared for what to expect.

CTRN Sample Questions – these sample items are presented to demonstrate the format used on a BCEN certification exam and how questions reflect the nursing process. They are not intended to reflect the difficulty of the actual questions on any of our exams.

CTRN Reference List – provides a list of helpful books, websites, and other resources. (The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN®) does not endorse any resources or have a proprietary relationship with any publishing company).

Review Courses Zip Code Search

Search for an upcoming review course near you. Simply enter your zip code and how close you want the course to be to you. Check the “Show online courses” box if you’re interested in including online courses in your search. Courses are added regularly, check back often.


PSI Testing Center Experience – know what to expect and increase your comfort level before you sit for the exam.

PSI Live Remote Proctoring Experience – prepare for the process of testing with LRP.

Read through the Candidate Handbook.

BCEN makes no guarantees as to the success of a candidate that utilizes BCEN’s tools and resources for preparation for the CTRN exam.

Kick those nerves to the curb.

Check out test day tips from our test anxiety resource page.

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