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Equipment & Monitoring Exam

The National Certification Exam (NCE) question mix is determined by the NBCRNA using professional practice analysis (PPA). Through the PPA it was determined that the basic science component of the NCE was to be reduced and the equipment & monitoring component of the exam was to be expanded, thereby doubling the number of equipment & monitoring questions. This change became effective for the 115th Certification Examination. To address this increased representation of equipment & monitoring questions, Core Concepts Anesthesia Review developed a specific Equipment & Monitoring Topic Exam.

The Equipment & Monitoring Exam is a 100-question board-like exam with questions directed to aspects of the equipment and monitoring used in the delivery of anesthesia. Question material covers:

  • Medical gas systems
  • Electrical safety
  • Surgical diathermy
  • Mapleson breathing systems
  • Flow meters
  • Oxygen supply safety features
  • Vaporizers
  • Circle system and its components
  • Ventilators
  • Waste-gas scavengers
  • The anesthesia machine
  • Blood pressure monitors
  • Pressure transducer physics
  • ECG monitoring
  • Central venous pressure monitoring
  • Pulmonary artery pressure monitoring
  • Cardiac output monitoring
  • Pulse oximetry
  • Capnography
  • Neurologic monitoring
  • Temperature monitoring
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation

The Topic Exams follow the format described in the Candidate Handbook. You may take as long as you wish for each question, but you may not skip a question. The Topic Exams offer an excellent method of selectively reviewing specialized topics in anesthesia, whether in preparation for course exams or the certification exam. In addition, the Topic Exams offer valuable experience in computerized test taking.

Following completion of a Topic Exam, you will receive a raw score, the time it took to complete the exam, and a list of all your correct and incorrect responses.

All answers to the Topic Exam questions are fully explained and referenced so you may further explore areas of interest or increase your knowledge in areas of academic weakness. You will have access to the referenced answers for not less than 28 days after completing the exam.

Prior to purchasing any of the Practice Exams or Topic Exams, we strongly encourage you to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page, which offers answers to our most commonly asked questions as well as important information on system requirements, the operation of the exam and tips to recover should you encounter difficulties with your internet connection.

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