Become a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN¬ģ)

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The Importance of Nursing Certification

With more than 13,000 current certificants, the CRRN credential has been widely recognized and respected for more than 30 years. CRRN is the credential for nurses who assist individuals with disabilities and chronic illness to restore, maintain, and promote optimal health.

When you earn your CRRN, you validate your professional standing as an experienced rehabilitation nurse with a documented level of knowledge and your commitment to patient care. Employers who encourage nurses to get certified or hire CRRNs create an environment that shows their commitment to their team and their patients. They want to recruit and retain the very best nursing talent.

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As a Rehabilitation Nurse you practice your specialty in a variety of roles, across many settings, including:

  • sub-acute care units
  • inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation units and hospitals
  • long-term acute-care hospitals
  • skilled nursing facilities
  • community/home health agencies
  • clinics
  • insurance companies
  • private practice
  • government/VA
  • academic settings.

Demonstrate Dedication and Expertise

When you earn, continue to use, and then keep your CRRN designation, you demonstrate your dedication and expertise to the rehabilitation specialty. The CRRN credential requires two years of experience in rehabilitation nursing and that you pass the CRRN examination validating a documented level of knowledge of the specialty.

CRRN Statistics

Year Total # of candidates # of passing candidates # of failing candidates # of CRRNs renewing
2015 1591 1226 365 1698
2016 1574 1282 292 1751
2017 1309 965 344 1341
2018 1536 1140 396 1516
2019 1604 1201 403 1612
2020 1119 796 323 1652 (as of 12/31/2020)


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Get your CRRN in 2021

The next opportunity to take the CRRN exam is December 2021. Apply by October 15 (or November 1 with a late fee).

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