|Aimee Fortier, RNC, BSN, CCTC, Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinator|
I sat for the CCTC at an AMP test assessment center in New Orleans. I completed most of the application process on-line (except sending in the application form and payment). I printed my application, handbook, study suggestions - everything - on-line. The process was very easy and user friendly. The only program needed is Acrobat Reader. I was also able to change my mailing address on-line with no problem.
I liked the computer-based exam. However, I took the nursing state board on computer so I did have a little experience. The CCTC was better because you could go back and review the questions you have answered.
There is only one testing site in the New Orleans area. The testing center was quiet, and they provided ear plugs as well. The temperature was pleasant; and there was plenty of space. There are sample test questions (10) to familiarize yourself with the computer. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. You can use the mouse or the keyboard - whichever you are more comfortable with. It is easy to change answers and the "hand" in the bottom right corner allows you to scroll through the questions. It flags the ones you have not answered so you can go back to answer those first if time allows. You can also "go to" a particular question number if you want to review that specific question again without having to scroll all the way through. The time for the test is on the bottom on the screen; however, if it makes you nervous, you can cover it.
|Julie Cauvin Hahn RN, CCTC |
I thought the clinical certification exam was really difficult. I had taken my boards the old fashion way, by paper and pencil, and I did not know what to expect. I really liked the computer-based test. It allowed you to go back over answers that you chose to skip without having to look at all the questions. I really did not want to second guess myself, and on a standard written test, it would have been easier to go back and look over the questions, so I almost couldn't help but second guess my answers. The opportunity is there if you do want to go back on the computer-based exam, but it must be a conscious decision. I also was really relieved that I could take the exam in my own city. I went to the NATCO Annual Meeting this past year where I presented two abstracts. If I also had to sit for the test it would have been too stressful.
The testing center was fine, and the exam proctor was very nice. When I received my exam results, I was so happy I started crying, and so did she. Then I was able to go celebrate with my family rather than being in a strange place with no one I knew to celebrate with. I also think being in familiar surroundings is much less stressful. I did like getting my results right away. I wasn't worried over the next four-plus weeks about whether I passed or failed.
|Anne Murphy, Transplant Administrator at the University of Michigan|
The CEPTC provider designation has been a tremendous advantage for our transplant program. As an academic medical center, we routinely provide lectures and educational opportunities that now can award education credit towards certification. This allows us to prepare many of our coordinators at a fraction of the cost. It is a simple process to be designated. I encourage others to do so as well.”
|Suzanne Conrad, RN, MS, CPTC - CEO, Iowa Donor Network|
Overall, we find provider status very beneficial. It helps keep our staff CPTC certified by allowing us to award CEPTCs for our in-house educational offerings.”