Preparing for either the CPAN® or CAPA® examination is based on the individual candidate's learning needs. Many candidates form study groups and study from reference books and articles, while others may attend review courses.
Review the Study References, a partial listing of publications that may be helpful study materials for the CPAN and CAPA examinations, found in Appendix D of the Certification Candidate Handbook. A complete listing of patient needs and related nursing knowledge that comprise the test blueprints for the CPAN and CAPA examinations are found in Appendix C of the Certification Candidate Handbook (please note: Appendix C can be found within the handbook). After carefully reviewing the test blueprint and identifying your individual learning needs, examination candidates should identify additional references and study opportunities as necessary. Please note that neither Professional Examination Service (PES) nor ABPANC distributes reference books or articles. Study references may be purchased from ASPAN or the publisher as noted in Appendix D of the Certification Candidate Handbook.
The latest edition of the ASPAN Standards — Perianesthesia Nursing Standards, Practice Recommendations, and Interpretive Statements 2012-2014 (as listed in Appendix D – Study References, found in the Certification Candidate Handbook and on the ABPANC website) will apply to CPAN and CAPA examinations administered beginning with the Spring 2013 administration.
ABPANC does not endorse or sponsor any review courses. ASPAN and ASPAN Components may sponsor review courses or may be aware of review courses in your area. For information contact ASPAN at 877/737-9696 or visit the ASPAN web site. Please note: Other vendors may also offer review courses and study materials. ABPANC cautions you to be sure the information that they provide is accurate. For example, are they basing their information on the test blueprints found in the most current Certification Candidate Handbook. Any vendor that promises to “have the inside track” on the CPAN and CAPA examination questions or to know the questions that are asked, is not being truthful.
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Research Basis for Exams
Role Delineation Study: The Foundation for CPAN and CAPA Examination Blueprints
The CPAN and CAPA certification programs are each based on the results of a Role Delineation Study (RDS) or Study of Practice and industry standards mandate that such studies be conducted very five years. In 2000, such a study reconceptualized the model on which the CPAN and CAPA examination blueprints were based. Click here for a copy of the article that describes this landmark study.
The latest Role Delineation Study was conducted from 2010–2011, resulting in some updates to the test blueprints. Click here for a more in-depth White Paper describing this study process.