Earn Points of Credit for Easy Renewal

To renew your CRRN, you must have an unrestricted RN license, 1000 hours of rehabilitation nursing experience within the 5-year certification period, and you must complete at least 60 points of credit, within your 5-year certification period. If you already have completed your 60 Points of Credit, you are ready to complete your online renewal application.

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Ways to Earn Points of Credit

Continuing education

One contact hour (60 minutes) is equal to 1 point of credit. Of the continuing education points, 2/3 must be approved by state or national nursing organizations. All contact hours must be related to rehabilitation nursing practice. All 60 points of credit can be accepted in this category.

Presentation of rehabilitation nursing content to nurses and other healthcare professionals

One contact hour (60 minutes) of presentation is equal to 1 point of credit. The presentation must be delivered within a structured framework of teaching and learning for which state or national nursing organization-approved contact hours have been awarded. A maximum of 12 points will be accepted in this category.

Academic coursework

Academic coursework is defined as work for which one receives academic credit at the graduate or undergraduate level that is related to rehabilitation nursing. One credit hour is worth 4 points of credit (e.g. a 3 credit-hour course is worth 12 points). A maximum of 48 points will be accepted in this category.


Publication or acceptance of an original rehabilitation nursing-related manuscript in a professional journal or as a chapter in a text for healthcare professionals. Your name must be published as author to qualify. One publication is worth 12 points of credit. A maximum of 36 points will be accepted in this category.

Community service

Volunteer activities in which you participate that are intended to educate the public, improve the quality of life for physically disabled or chronically ill people, or improve the practice of professional rehabilitation nursing. Activities for which you receive payment for your services in excess of $75 or activities that are considered part of your employment are not acceptable community service activities. A maximum of 10 points will be accepted in this category.

The following are acceptable activities and their point values:

Publication of an article or chapter text

Publication of an article or chapter text on a healthcare-related topic in a general interest or consumer publication. Each original manuscript will be awarded 2 points


Presentation of a healthcare-related topic to a public audience in a formal setting. Each original presentation will be awarded 1 point.

Volunteer leadership in a healthcare organization

Leadership in a volunteer capacity of a local, state, regional, national, or international professional healthcare organization. To qualify, you must have served as an officer or board member for at least 1 year. Each leadership activity will be awarded 1 point. If serving a multi-year term, you may not receive credit for each year served.

Review board participation

Serving in a formally-appointed capacity to review the original work of others as a content expert such as on an editorial board, research or program grant application review committee, continuing education approval unit review panel, or abstract review committee for a term of 1 year will be award 2 points.

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Renew By Exam

If you wish to renew by exam, please may access the examination application portal.

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