Best Approach to Studying for the APRN Certification Exams

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APRN Certification Exams

When studying for the APRN Certification Exams, whichever you choose, your approach will be the same. You will want to immerse yourself in the clinical content for a good two to three months.

But how do you do that while still working and supporting yourself and your family?

The key will be to “find ways” to study throughout the day.

aprn certification examsYou don’t want to go to work and see patients during the day, and then study for the exam at night and on weekends. You need to be constantly reviewing while you see patients. . . that way you can study AND work all day! Find an on-line review course ( that you can access on your smart phone or tablet. In between patients, while you wait for the kids, on your lunch and breaks, on the toilet. . . whenever you have a free moment, turn on your phone and go to that site and review.

aprn certification examsAlso have APRN certification exam review manuals in your pocket or bag (Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Intensive Review: Fast Facts and Practice Questions by Codina Leik or Adult Nurse Practitioner: Certification Review by Zerwekh & Claborn), and when you get a hypothyroid patient, take 10 minutes and quickly review the highlights of the disease process.

Ask yourself:

  1. What classic clinical characteristics does this patient have that are consistent with their disorder?
  2. What classic clinical characteristics don’t they have? (you will still remember that they didn’t have what they were supposed to have)
  3. What medications should they be on?
  4. What medications aren’t they on that might be an option later?
  5. What tests have they had and what tests do they need?
  6. What maintenance studies will they need and at what interval?

aprn certification examsBy reviewing the cardinal symptoms of a disorder, and then comparing it to the actual symptoms of a presenting patient, you will be able to solidify your learning of the topic by having a mental visual of the patient.  It is much easier to remember at real person and attach facts to them (what they had and didn’t have), rather than trying to simply memorize “random clinical facts.”

This is just one approach.  What methods have you found that work? Comment below.