Exam Blueprint

The exam blueprint is the framework for the Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN®) certification exam. The blueprint is valuable to the test taker because it breaks down the sections of the test. Use it to help you focus your study as you prepare for the exam.

Content Areas of the CMSRN Examination

Each test question stems from the exam blueprint and is based on a Patient Problem and a Nursing Role (Domains of Nursing Practice*) as listed below. For example, an exam question may ask about instructing a patient with diabetes. The Patient Problem is diabetes and the Domain of Practice is teaching/coaching.

The following grid provides the percentage of exam questions for each Patient Problem and Domain of Nursing Practice* areas.

2019 CMSRN Exam Blueprint

Domains of Nursing Practice

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Topics Excluded from Examination

The examination does not include the care of patients who are on ventilators, immediate postoperative care of patients with open-heart or transplant surgery, monitored conscious-sedation analgesia, or hemodialysis.