Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Exam Test Preparation

The Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse certification is administered by the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN).


     •  Application form is available for download in ANCC web site. one has to complete the application, print it, sign it and mail it to ANCC
     •  Application form has to be filled using either blue or black ink only
     •  Once the applicant receives the test admission ticket, they can take up the exam within a 90-day period, after which, one has to forfeit the fees


This certification is for a period of five years. Certification can be renewed by:

     •  completing a minimum of 1,000 hours of employment
     •  completed 75 CEH, that is, continuing education hours

Application forms for renewal has to be sent at least 3 months before the expiration date of the certification.

Exam format and Time

     •  All questions are multiple-choice questions. A total of 175 questions in which, 25 questions are for testing purposes. These questions are not scored.
     •  The exam is three hours long.

Topics Covered

     •  Theories and Principles of Development across the Life Span (12%)
     •  Communication (16%)
     •  Nursing Process (20%)
     •  Provision of Care (6%)
     •  Basic and Applied Science (11.33%)
     •  Behavioral Sciences (8.67%)
     •  Education (4%)
     •  Health Promotion and Wellness (3.33%)
     •  Management/Leadership (12%)
     •  Research (2.67%)
     •  Legal Issues (4%)

Study tips and test preparation

This exam has 175 multiple choice questions. Here are some quick tips and advice on taking multiple choice exams.

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