Preparation Resources for a Medical-Surgical Certification Exam

Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN®)

The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) has produced several excellent study resources to help nurses prepare for the Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN®) or other medical-surgical exam.

Medical-Surgical Nursing Review Questions - a great start to studying. Take a practice test using the answer sheet then check your answers with the rationale for each correct answer. The questions are grouped by body system to show your strengths and weaknesses.

This is great for a candidate who doesn't know how much to study and wants to gauge her or his knowledge before investing money in other study material. For those who aren't good testers, or who are concerned about the exam itself, it is a valuable tool. Visit the AMSN Online Store to learn more.

Core Curriculum for Medical-Surgical Nursing - a med-surg reference and textbook. At over 500 pages, it covers the factors and systems of medical-surgical nursing by chapter. Nurses who haven’t acquired a med-surg textbook in the past 4 years may find this useful. Use this resource for areas where you have identified the need for additional study. Visit the AMSN Online Store to learn more.

Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Review Course - recorded at the 2013 AMSN Annual Convention, this two day prep course is available immediately in the AMSN Online Library. Listen to the instructor while the presentation slides display on your screen anywhere or anytime you access the internet. Platform allows you to bookmark your place for easy stop and start of this comprehensive review. Handouts and MP3 available for download. Visit the AMSN Online Store to learn more.


Other Valuable Certification Preparation Resources

  • Learn what will be on the CMSRN exam by reviewing the CMSRN exam blueprint.
  • Our affiliated certifying board, the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) offers a free sample test of 15 questions to test your knowledge and give you a look at the format of the exam questions.
  • MSNCB offers an online practice test of 75 questions.