When will the examination be available?
The examination was released July 17, 2012.
When are NBRC examinations administered?
NBRC examinations are administered by computer on a daily basis (Monday-Saturday) at over 170 Assessment Centers across the country. A complete list can be found here
What are the examination fees?
The cost for a new applicant is $300. The cost for a repeat applicant is $250.
Why were secondary test specifications included for this
There are two sets of secondary test specifications. One set is for items that will engage candidates' thinking about ethics of the situation. The other set is defined by patient condition.
Addressing content about ethics first, this was a choice that the NBRC made when it decided to develop this specialty examination. Specialists do engage in situations that include ethical elements, so part of producing a relevant examination is mirroring those situations. In contrast to a CRT Examination, which should assess whether a therapist is safe and competent to provide general respiratory care, ethical considerations become a small part of what it means to be recognized as a specialist. To illustrate the difference, consider whether a candidate who incorrectly answered an ethics item should fail to become a CRT and access the gateway to licensure. The NBRC has concluded that the answer to that question is "no" at this point since the focus should be on safety as people enter practice. Conversely, when asked whether someone should fail to achieve a specialty credential because of performances on ethics items, the answer is "yes."
Because the ACCS Examination is a specialty examination, it is more strongly oriented to clinical situations and oriented less toward the technical elements of respiratory care. Without secondary specification, the NBRC knew there was a risk to standardized testing by unknowingly letting one test form emphasize one type of patient condition too much or differently than another test form. For example, one test form could have five items about patients with congestive heart failure while another form might not include any. Therefore, secondary specifications are critical to aligning examination content with activities of specialists and standardizing test forms among candidates.
Can I schedule my examination online?
Yes. If you are already approved to take an NBRC examination and all fees are paid, you may schedule online from the NBRC website or from the testing agency's website, www.goAMP.com
What is the application process?
You may apply online using the 'Submit Application' link located on each examination page or complete and submit a paper application and appropriate fee when the admission requirements are satisfied. If mailing your application, the NBRC recommends using certified mail or a certificate of mailing and keeping your receipt as proof that your application was sent to the NBRC. Ineligible applications submitted to the NBRC will be returned, less a $50.00 processing fee.
When is the application deadline?
There are no application deadlines. If you meet the admissions requirements for an examination, you may submit your application and fee at any time. Your application may be submitted online or can be downloaded and printed from this website.
When I earn the RRT-ACCS credential, do I have to recertify?
Yes. All credentials earned on or after July 1, 2002 must be recertified. The NBRC strongly supports continued competency for the practitioners it certifies by requiring recertification every five years. The RRT-ACCS certificants will be no different and will be required to demonstrate their continued competence through the NBRC's Continuing Competency Program (CCP).
What information does the confirmation of eligibility notice
The confirmation notice contains a website address and toll-free telephone number for you to contact the NBRC to schedule an examination appointment. Appointments may be scheduled a minimum of three days prior to the desired testing date. Note: Examinations will not be offered on nationally recognized holidays.
How long does it take to process my application?
If applying and paying by credit card online, your application will be processed immediately. If mailing your application and fee to the NBRC, your application will be processed within approximately two weeks after receipt by the NBRC. A confirmation notice of your eligibility will be sent to you. If your eligibility cannot be confirmed, a letter explaining the information that is still needed will be sent to you.
How did the NBRC determine content for the examination?
The NBRC conducted a job analysis study to ensure the examination content would be job related and based on tasks performed by practitioners in this specialty area. We sent several thousand surveys to individuals who are involved in the delivery of care to patients in the adult critical care setting to rate the importance of job tasks.
Why did the NBRC create the Adult Critical Care Specialty
The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) requested that the NBRC determine the desirability and feasibility of developing a specialty examination for respiratory therapists working in the adult critical care arena. After following a long established, five-step process to determine if a new specialty examination for adult critical care specialists was warranted and feasible, we discovered the answer was overwhelmingly yes.
Is a practice test available?
A free, 50-item practice examination is available to candidates at no charge to familiarize themselves with the content and types of questions that will be included on the regular exam.
What does the examination cover?
Candidates for this examination have already demonstrated advanced knowledge of general respiratory care competencies. This examination concentrates on those competencies that are unique to the adult critical care setting. It will not include items about general respiratory care.
What if I do not receive a confirmation of eligibility in the
mail once my application has been submitted?
If you do not receive a confirmation of eligibility or an incomplete notice from the NBRC within four weeks after mailing your application, contact the NBRC. If your application is not on file, you will be asked to send a replacement application form and fee.
How long does the examination last?
Candidates will have four hours to complete the 170-item examination.
Where can I find more information on the new examination?
and click on the 'Examinations' tab. The NBRC constantly updates the website to keep the information current.
Why should I earn the RRT-ACCS credential?
The new specialty examination is unique to your daily tasks as an adult critical care specialist. It goes above and beyond general activities so you can demonstrate your acquired skill level in an expanding specialty within the field of respiratory care.
Why is the free practice examination shorter than the live examination?
The examination committee recommended and the Board accepted production of a one-third-length practice examination so the committee could move on to developing live test forms sooner.
The practice examination covers the content domains and cognitive level item types in the same proportions as live examinations cover. The same examination committee developed the practice examination and live examinations.
If someone is assessing whether he or she is ready for the ACCS Examination and concludes that the free practice examination gives them too little information, then there is a self-assessment examination (SAE) that he or she can purchase by following this link
. The ACCS SAE is the same length as live examinations and developed by the examination committee. As with other SAEs that are associated with NBRC examinations, each option is explained.
The NBRC has no plan to develop a full-length free practice examination at this time given the significant resources that have been necessary to develop ACCS examinations to date and in the future.