CMSRN Certification Review Course

Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Review Course

Preparing for the certification exam could not be easier with AMSN’s Certification Review Course. Nurses can prepare for the CMSRN exam or brush up on med-surg foundational knowledge with AMSN’s eLearning Certification Review Course or AMSN’s Live/Virtual Certification Review Course

eLearning CRC

 The eLearning CRC is a thorough, interactive review of the most common diseases, symptoms, and issues seen in patients by medical-surgical nurses, along with the respective nursing assessments and interventions required by the medical-surgical nurse.

Cost: $149 Members; $199 Non-members

Fast Facts About the Certification Review Course Modules:

  • Open to all med-surg nurses
  • You do not need to be an AMSN member to take this course
  • Curated by med-surg subject matter experts and designed by an award-winning instructional design team
  • The practice questions at the end of each section are similar to those found on the Medical-Surgical Certification Exam
  • The program is self-paced
  • Offers 20.5 CE credit upon completion of the course
  • Contains workbooks for every module
  • The eLearning CRC is available for individual purchase in the AMSN Online Library
  • Facilities can purchase site licenses of the eLearning Course by contacting customer service at

Live/Virtual CRC

Live/Virtual CRC is an immersive two-day course led by a Subject Matter Expert. This course takes a deep dive into patient symptoms and diseases, along with the corresponding assessments and interventions completed by med-surg nurses. This program is classroom-style learning with an in-person CMSRN certification expert.

Cost: $6,000.

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Fast Facts About the Certification Review Course Live/Virtual:

  • The CMSRN certification expert comes to you
  • Host facility receives a discount on other exam prep materials
  • Opportunity for nurses to ask questions to the expert and receive immediate feedback
  • AMSN will advertise your event on this website at no charge if you want to make it available to non-employee nurses
  • AMSN will provide coordination support for the event so that administration time is limited, and budgeting is easy
  • A chance to bring multiple nurses together to learn the same material at the same time
  • Offers 14 NCPD upon completion of the course


Some facilities host the course and occasionally allow non-employee nurses to attend. Visit our Calendar of Events for availability. Choose "AMSN Certification Review Course" from the drop-down menu and "apply" to see locations and dates.

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How the CMSRN Certification Review Course Can Help Nurses

Medical-surgical nurses provide care to adults with a variety of medical issues or who are preparing for/recovering from surgery.

Med-surg nurses care for patients with problems, related to:

  • Gastrointestinal
  • Pulmonary
  • Cardiovascular/Hematological
  • Diabetes (Type 1&2)/ Other Endocrine/Immunological
  • Urological/ Kidney
  • Musculoskeletal/Neurological/Integumentary

These topics are covered in the exam and the CRC courses. Both the eLearning and Live/Virtual courses follow the CMSRN exam blueprint and provide test-taking tips and strategies.

Using the CMSRN exam blueprint as the foundation of the course, the eLearning and the Live/Virtual programs cover content found on the med-surg nursing exam. These courses include a brief explanation of each body system, common pathological conditions, treatments, and appropriate nursing assessments and interventions.

Content Outline:

  • CMSRN Exam Information
  • Test Taking Strategies
  • Fluids & Electrolytes
  • Gastrointestinal System
  • Respiratory System
  • Hematological System
  • Integumentary Systems
  • Cardiovascular System & Shock
  • Endocrine System & Diabetes
  • Renal & Urological Systems
  • Musculoskeletal & Neurologic Systems
  • Pain, Cancer, Per-op, Nutrition
  • Nursing Practice Roles

Overview of Course

Lesson 1- Introduction & Testing Strategies

This lesson reviews the Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN) Certification Exam, including a review of the exam blueprint, topics expected to be covered, and topics not covered on the exam.

  • Preparation & test-taking strategies

Lesson 2-Fluids & Electrolytes

This lesson reviews:

  • Function of water and electrolytes in the body
  • Assessments of normal and abnormal presentations
  • The use of IV fluids and how they act within the body
  • The importance of nursing care in the perioperative time period

 Lesson 3- Gastrointestinal System, Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition

This lesson reviews:

  • Common gastrointestinal (GI) issues
  • Nursing care of patients with common GI diseases and symptoms
  • Common disease, processes, as well as Gi issues that are frequently seen in Medical-Surgical Units
  • Highlights what differentiates enteral and parenteral nutrition, when to use these methods, why each is chosen in various situations, and the necessary nursing interventions when being used

 Lesson 4- Respiratory System and Pulmonary Function

This lesson reviews:

  • Respiratory diseases and symptoms that are commonly a concern for medical-surgical nurses
  • Assessments and lab values, such as ABGs and pulmonary function
  • Acute and chronic respiratory diseases

 Lesson 5- Hematological, Immunological, and Integumentary Systems

This lesson reviews:

  • Hematologic diseases such as anemia, thrombocytopenia, and complications, such as DIC, as they relate to nursing assessment and interventions
  • Immunologic issues, such as neutropenia, AIDS, and poor wound healing
  • Wound healing and appropriate wound care, as well as assessments of skin lesions that require nursing intervention

Lesson 6- Cardiovascular System and Shock

This lesson reviews:

  • Angina and myocardial infarction, hypertension, and peripheral vascular disease
  • Nursing interventions and assessments of cardiovascular diseases and symptoms as well as pharmacologic agents commonly given to patients by medical-surgical nurses
  • Differentiation between the types of shock and how they are treated

Lesson 7- Endocrine System and Diabetes

This lesson reviews:

  • Endocrine diseases such as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, SIADH and diabetes insipidus, and Cushing’s Disease and Addison’s Disease, stressing differentiation of the interventions performed by medical-surgical nurses
  • Diabetes mellitus, with a focus on the symptoms and treatments of Type I and Type II, which includes an in-depth review of the various anti-hyperglycemic agents used in the treatment of patients

Lesson 8- Urological and Renal Systems

This lesson reviews:

  • Common urologic complaints by patients, such as infections, BPH, incontinence, and renal stones, with a focus on nursing interventions and assessments
  • Acute and chronic renal failure and the care and interventions that medical-surgical nurses are involved in when a patient requires either hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis

 Lesson 9- Musculoskeletal & Neurologic Systems, Pain Management

This lesson reviews:

  • Focuses on fractures, osteoporosis, and joint replacement as well as other musculoskeletal diseases and symptoms, along with assessments and nursing interventions necessary
  • Neurological symptoms that occur with CVA and nerve damage or dysfunction, such as spinal fractures, and the nursing interventions necessary
  • Pain management, including pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment, various causes of pain, and the patient assessment performed by medical-surgical nurses

Benefits of the eLearning and Live/ Virtual Certification Review Course Modules:

  • Better patient care
  • Increase in knowledge of applicable content
  • Better preparation for the med-surg certification exam
  • Professional development that can help career growth

The eLearning CRC is available for individual purchase in the AMSN Online Library

Facilities can purchase site licenses of the eLearning Course by contacting customer service at



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