CMSRN Resources & Prep Materials

Let's Prep For Success on the CMSRN® Exam

You've met the criteria and eligibility and now it's time to prep for the CMSRN exam!  We have compiled a diverse group of prep materials for every kind of learner. The Prep Test is a fun, interactive way to check your skill set, but we also offer information on Certification Review Courses near you.

We offer free learning aides such as the exam blueprint, sample test questions, and our resource list. See below for all the support we offer you, to help you be your best on test day!

CMSRN Prep Test

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  • Questions custom designed by a dedicated group of CMSRN credentialed professionals
    throughout the medical-surgical profession.
  • Realistic exam questions from each of the relevant exam categories based on the
    CMSRN exam blueprint.
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    take a short 10-question quiz in any of the six knowledge domains.
  • This unique platform allows you to see feedback in each of the six knowledge domains
    in the CMSRN exam content outline..

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These resources do not include actual examination questions and are not a requirement to sit for the actual CMSRN certification examination. These resources are not the only or preferred route to adequate preparation. Using these study resources do not imply advantage or successful performance on the examination.

Sample Test Questions (FREE)

If you are thinking about taking the CMSRN exam and are curious about the kinds of questions that will appear, this resource will help you prepare with several example questions.

Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Review Course

Prepare for the certification exam with this 12-hour multimedia course. It’s based on a 2-day live course that follows the CMSRN exam blueprint and also provides test taking tips and strategies. The CRC is available for purchase in the AMSN Online Library.

Attend a Live Certification Review Course

Some facilities also 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.  This course is also offered every other year at the AMSN Annual Convention.

CMSRN Exam Blueprint (FREE)

Learn what will be on the CMSRN exam by reviewing the CMSRN exam blueprint.

Core Curriculum for Medical-Surgical Nursing (5th Edition)

Presented in an easy-to-use topic and outline format, the Core Curriculum for Medical-Surgical Nursing is your go-to guide for medical-surgical nursing, best practices, and exam preparation.

Review Questions

Start your studies for the certification exam with this book of 345 multiple choice items that follow the same format as the items on the CMSRN exam from MSNCB.

The Review Questions includes rationales for correct answers in the back. It is designed to assist medical-surgical nurses in assessing their knowledge of the practice of medical-surgical nursing.

Book includes an Answer Sheet so that you can take a practice test then grade yourself using the Answers section. It is an invaluable resource to help you prepare for the CMSRN examination.

Learn About Specific Topics Covered on the Exam

Visit our extensive topics page to explore educational content related to body systems and practice and patient management.

Reference List

These references were used in the development of the CMSRN examination.

The following references are used in the development of the CMSRN examination.


Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. (2018). Scope and Standards of Medical-Surgical Nursing Practice (6th ed.). Pitman, NJ. ]

Craven, H. (Ed.). (2016). Core Curriculum for Medical-Surgical Nursing. (5th ed.). Pitman, NJ: Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses.

Roberts, D. (Ed.). (2014). Medical–Surgical Nursing Review Questions (3rd ed.). Pitman, NJ: Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses.

Current Medical-Surgical Nursing Textbooks, such as:

Hinkle, J.L. & Cheever, K.H. (2018). Brunner & Suddarth's Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing (14th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.

Ignatavicius, D.D., Workman, M.L., & Rebar, C.R. (2018). Medical-Surgical Nursing: Concepts for Interprofessional Collaborative Care (9th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier.

LeMone, P., Burke, K.M., Bauldoff, G., & Gubrud, P. (2015). Medical-Surgical Nursing: Critical Reasoning in Patient Care (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall.

Lewis, S.L., Dirksen, S.R., Heitkemper, M.M., Bucher, L., & Harding, M.M. (2017). Medical-Surgical Nursing: Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems (10th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier.

Potter, P.A., Perry, A.G., Stockert, P.A., & Hall, A.M. (2019). Essentials for Nursing Practice (9th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier.

Potter, P.A., Perry, A.G., Stockert, P.A., & Hall, A.M. (2017). Fundamentals of Nursing (9th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier/Mosby.

Wilkinson, J.M., Treas, L.S., Barnett, K.L., & Smith, M.H. (2016). Fundamentals of Nursing: Volume 1- Theory, Concepts, and Applications; Volume 2- Thinking, Doing, and Caring. (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Co.

Pathophysiology Textbooks for Nurses, such as:

Grossman, S.C. & Porth, C.M. (2014). Porth’s Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States (9th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.

McCance, K.L. & Huether, S.E. (2017). Understanding Pathophysiology: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children (6th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier/Mosby.

Pharmacology Books, such as:

Kee, J.L., Hayes, E.R., & McCuistion, L.E. (2014). Pharmacology: A Patient-Centered Nursing Process Approach. (8th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier/W.B. Saunders.

Skidmore-Roth, L. (2018).  Mosby’s 2018 Nursing Drug Reference, 31th ed. St. Louis: Elsevier/Mosby.

Shields, K.M., Fox, K.L., & Liebrecht, C. (2018).  Pearson Nurse’s Drug Guide 2018. Hoboken, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.

Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Books, such as:

Boyd, M.A. (2018). Psychiatric Nursing: Contemporary Practice. (6th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.

Giger, J.N. (2017). Transcultural Nursing: Assessment & Intervention. (7th ed.). Missouri: Elsevier.

Townsend, M.C. (2015). Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: Concepts of Care in Evidence-Based Practice. (8th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Co.

Townsend, M.C. & Morgan, K.I. (2017). Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: Concepts of Care in Evidence-Based Practice. (7th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Co.

Nutrition Books, such as:

Lutz, C.A., Mazur, E.E., and Litch, N.A. (2015). Nutrition and Diet Therapy. (6th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Co.

Professional Journals, such as:

American Journal of Nursing, MEDSURG Nursing Journal, Nursing Clinics of North America, Nursing 201X.

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