The current vascular access certification examination is based on a content outline developed from the practice analysis completed in 2015. The exam consists of 150 questions, of those you are scored on 125. The format uses a four-option, multiple-choice question written at three different cognitive levels:
- Recall: The ability to recall or recognize specific information.
- Application: The ability to comprehend, relate, or apply knowledge to new or changing situations.
- Analysis: The ability to analyze and synthesize information, to determine solutions, and/or to evaluate the usefulness of a solution.
|Category||Domains of Practice||Percentage||# of questions|
|I||Vascular Access Devices||20%||25|
|II||Vascular Access Device Maintenance||21%||26|
|III||Complications and Interventions||17%||21|
|IV||Critical Thinking and Clinical Application||19%||24|
|VII||Ethical and Legal Considerations of Vascular Access||7%||9|
These categories represent an organized way to identify the performance that clinicians will use on the job. The content outline is presented here in its entirety.
I. Vascular Access Devices 20%
II. Vascular Access Device Maintenance 21%
III. Complications and Interventions 17%
IV. Critical Thinking and Clinical Application 19%
V. Communication / Patient Advocacy 8%
VI. Research / Quality Management 8%
VII. Ethical and Legal Considerations of Vascular Access 7%