Course Description

This 2-day review course can be used for nurses preparing to take the Progressive Care Nursing Certification exam (PCCN®) or for those who would like to have a comprehensive review of caring for patients in a progressive care setting. The course builds upon nursing workforce’s existing knowledge and experience in progressive care environments helping them learn the strategies necessary to successfully pass the Progressive Care Nursing Certification.

This course is based on the core concepts defined by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), exam test blueprint, and guidelines for progressive care nursing.




At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe strategies for preparing and successfully passing the progressive care certification exam.
  • Relate the pathophysiology basis of common disease states to the nursing assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation process.
  • Identify outcome and evaluation criteria used by nurses to determine effectiveness of nursing care in a progressive care environment.
  • Describe the professional caring and ethical practices essential for nursing practice.


Course Topics

  • Exam information & test taking strategies
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Pulmonary disorders
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Renal disease
  • Hematologic disorders
  • Neurology/Multisystem/Behavioral Health
  • Professional caring and ethical practices


Contact Hours

13 Contact Hours Earned



Joanne Turka, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN

Joanne has 20 years of experience in working in cardio thoracic, medical surgical and neuro ICU’s.  She developed and coordinates the Critical Care Course for a large multi-hospital medical system.  She supports critical care nurses in the clinical setting and teaches the Critical Care Certification courses both locally and nationally.  Joanne is a certified critical care nurse and certified nurse educator.

Upcoming Courses

April 30 – May 2, 2018

Sanford Medical Center

Fargo, ND

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