Has anyone taken and passed the NBRC Adult Critical Care Specialist exam?

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Ana in Mcallen, Texas

22 months ago

I would like to know how the test is? What kind of questions there are since apparently there is no actual Kettering or L. Jones study material out yet. Thanks rolo78 for the info and to people who will reply. =)

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RRT-NPS, RPFT in Newark, New Jersey

22 months ago

Ana in Mcallen, Texas said: I would like to know how the test is? What kind of questions there are since apparently there is no actual Kettering or L. Jones study material out yet. Thanks rolo78 for the info and to people who will reply. =)

Pretty much a cross between the free nbrc practice exam ans the LXr exam I missed passing by eight points wasnt that hard but I am going to wait until Kettering comes out with a study spring 2013.

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RRT-ACCS AE-C in Albany, New York

21 months ago

The information at this link gives a fairly good overview of the test, though I didn't find quite so high a percentage of "general respiratory" on the version I took. www.allpracticetest.org/nbrc-exams/nbrc-adult-critical-care-specialty-accs-test/
Scoring is scaled, and the difficulty of the questions changes the number you have to get correct to pass. The "scaled score" must be 75 or greater...on my test, that meant 99/150 correct. Remember, there are 20 unscored questions. You have 4 hrs in which to complete the exam - it sounds like a long time, and it FEELS like a long time. Don't plan on buzzing out after 2.5 hrs. I took my time, and finished at 3.5 hrs.

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rolo in Sugar Land, Texas

21 months ago

3.5 hrs sounds about right....

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sweetc in Toledo, Ohio

21 months ago

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Husker Chris, RRT-NPS-ACCS, EMT in Washington

18 months ago

I took the ACCS because my NPS was due for recredentialing. I took the 50 question practice test, And then bought the 150 question self-assessment exam From the NBRC. The value of the SAE is they give the explanation of the right and wrong answers. I cross-referenced every right and wrong answer with up-to-date (a physician reference online). Interestingly there are many right answers that are off-label use of drugs. And more than one right answer that contradicted up-to-date. Very frustrating. I have The additional advantage of being an RRT for 21 years, Also in-flight medicine for 7 years. In that line of work you are forced to learn many of nursing drugs And their uses. All told I spent about 40 hours learning what the NBRC wanted you to answer. It is my opinion that any RRT who has worked for five years or more in an ICU And purchased and studied the SAE will pass the ACCS. You are welcome to Facebook me "Husker Chris", if you have specific questions about the exam. Good luck and props for furthering your credentials, nps and accs are challenging.

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danaoakes in Bangor, Maine

18 months ago

RRT-NPS, RPFT in Irvington, New Jersey said: I recenty took the accs exam and missed passing got 68 needed 75. I took the lxr practice exam and the NBRC one. Any pointers on passing or does anyone make a study guide.

Oakes has an ACCS Study Portal with practice exam following exactly the NBRC Matrix. Very comprehensive.

For $34.95,you get all this, plus all 7 of Oakes' other reference books online.

Check it out at www.RespiratoryUpdate.com

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remo72 in South Jordan, Utah

18 months ago

i took the exam and passed last year. took about 2 hours and 38 minutes. typical of the free exam and purchase exam from the nbrc. it seemed to mirror my syllabus for adult critical care. i did not find anything that helped except for my syllabus experience from teaching, my 30 years working in adult critical care, and studying the test questions from the nbrc to see what specifically is on the test. test reflected well our practise in the adult icu where i work. i always fell back to what we would do in that scenario.

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Jon in Orlando, Florida

12 months ago

Took the ACCS exam and passed with a 90%. Been an RT for 21 years, most in critical care and education and this test is the real deal. Very well organized and strong questions. Glad I took the practice exam as well as studied the matrix the NBRC provides as items to be familiar with. Took me 3+ hours to take the test AND go back through each question to review answers. Well done, NBRC! Best of luck to my fellow RTs who are challenging this exam. It's certainly a credential earned!

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Jon in Orlando, Florida

12 months ago

OK, so apparently my previous comment was not helpful. Let me try again...Go to NBRC website (nbrc.org)and at the top of the page, where the "Examinations" tab is, click and open the ACCS exam page. On the right side of the page, there is a link for a free sample test as well as a matrix from the NBRC as to what material is on the test. Also, you will see how many questions per test are related to that specific subject (inhaled vasodilators, airway management, ethics, ventilator management, etc..). I don't know what else to say to be "helpful". It's comprehensive and covers many areas of critical care that RT's may face and deal with on a daily basis (inhaled nitric, inhaled prostocyclins, ACLS, pharmacology, ventilator managment and adjunct modes, ARDS evidence based care, metabolic cart and nutrition in an ICU patient, radiographic interpretation, lab values and treatment...). And as I said before, the SAE test they offer for $40.00 which explains each question and that specific answer is well worth it!
That's all I got! Good luck!

J..

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Jon

8 months ago

Lungfixer in Chicago, Illinois said: Does anyone else here feel this is just ANOTHER way for the NBRC to extort money from the profession? I mean, the whole point of getting an NPS was because the RRT exam is heavily focused on ADULT critical care, and therefore this additional credential (at $250, or whatever it cost me at the time) shows a specialty in Neonatal and Pediatric respiratory practice. It seems redundant to me to to require an ACCS when that's basically what RT school is supposed to train you for...unless they've changed the curriculum to "Nebs, CPT and Suctioning" since I was in school.

So FU*K the NBRC and their ACCS cash cow...I cant wait to retire!!

Lungfixer...no one asked you or forced you to take this exam, have they? Have you researched the data and reasons as to why the NBRC came up with this exam? It's called demand...the profession, the healthcare community, the practitioners themselves asked for this material in an exam roughly 20 years ago. And hence, we now have it. It's something more we can be proud of as a profession in expanding our knowledge base. If your comments reflect your personality and professional ethic, we can't wait for you to retire either. Happy trails and be well.

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daharris in Houston, Texas

4 months ago

Is anyone saling practice material they have for the ACCS

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Hemingway06 in Cherryville, North Carolina

1 month ago

daharris in Houston, Texas said: Is anyone saling practice material they have for the ACCS

I am selling my stuff. I bought the books from Kettering this past year. I also bought the audio portion when it became available. What do you feel would be a fair price to sell all that stuff?

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prossirg in Lakeland, Florida

1 month ago

Hemingway06 in Cherryville, North Carolina said: I am selling my stuff. I bought the books from Kettering this past year. I also bought the audio portion when it became available. What do you feel would be a fair price to sell all that stuff?

Have you decided on a price for the ACCS study materials from Kettering, yet?

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Nick in Lansdale, Pennsylvania

25 days ago

Anyone selling RRT/CRT Kettering book?

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ebusinessatyahoodotcom in Houston, Texas

24 days ago

Nick in Lansdale, Pennsylvania said: Anyone selling RRT/CRT Kettering book?

Email me at ebusiness66@yahoo.com. I may be able to help you out.

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AirCare in Rogers, Arkansas

13 days ago

Nick in Lansdale, Pennsylvania said: Anyone selling RRT/CRT Kettering book?

I've got mine on ebay right now.

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