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5 Ways the Synapse NCC Study Group can Help You Pass the NCC NeuroNICU Certification Exam

So you’re thinking about getting your NeuroNICU (C-NNIC) certification from NCC? 

That’s awesome! And honestly, it’s a really big deal. 

Taking the NCC NeuroNICU (C-NNIC) certification exam shows you’re committed to providing the best possible care for babies with brain injury, or at-risk for brain injury like IVH, HIE, Stoke, or Seizures. 

But let’s be real – passing this NeuroNICU (C-NNIC) exam from NCC isn’t a walk in the park.

Many NICU nurses struggle with the NeuroNICU exam due to:

  • Information Overload: There’s so much to know! It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of material you could study.
  • Lack of Structure: Without a clear study plan, it’s hard to know where to focus your efforts when you do sit down to study.
  • Feeling Isolated: Studying alone can be lonely and discouraging, especially when you get stuck on a tough concept.

But here’s the good news!

You don’t have to face these challenges alone! Our NCC NeuroNICU study group will give you the tools and support you need to make your dream of earning the C-NNIC (NeuroNICU) certification from NCC vision a reality. 

During our live study sessions, I’ll break down complex concepts, provide you with a chance to ask questions and be a part of a live community of like-minded nurses so that you can cheer each other on as you work toward getting your certification. 

Click here to learn more about Synapse’s NCC Neuro-NICU Certification Self-Study Guide

Here are 5 reasons why joining our study group is the smartest move you can make

  1. The ONLY Study Guide You’ll Need: We’ve got your back! Our study materials are made just for the NCC NeuroNICU certification exam. No more searching the internet for random info. Everything you need is right here, in one easy-to-follow guide.
  2. Bye-Bye Frustration! We’ve all been there… stuck on a tough concept or feeling like we’re not making progress on our goals. In our NeuroNICU study group, you can ask questions, get answers, and feel supported every step of the way. We have live bi-weekly Q&A sessions to help you clear up any confusion. And we record them so you can review these even if you can’t make it live.
  3. Learn From the Experts: Our study materials include 12+ lectures that were created by NICU nurses, therapists, NNPs, educators, clinical nurse specialists, and neonatologists who have years of experience and are passionate about the neonatal brain. They know what it takes to provide the best bedside care and they pass on their clinical pearls to you in the lectures in way that will elevate your care and will also help you pass the exam.  In the study course, I’ve packed everything you need to know into a step by step plan. And, you’ll get access to tons of recorded lectures and bonus videos!
  4. Make New Friends! Studying doesn’t have to be boring. In our group, you’ll connect with other NICU nurses who are going through the same thing as you – studying for the NCC NeuroNICU exam – or who have already taken the exam and can give you first-hand advice. The study group is truly a great way to make new friends, share tips, and celebrate your successes together.
  5. Feel Confident on Exam Day: Our study group and review course will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to rock that NeuroNICU exam. We’ll cover everything from brain development to seizures and pain management – all the important stuff you need to know.

Don’t just take our word for it

Nurses who’ve walked this path before you have raved about how our study group transformed their preparation, filled knowledge gaps, and boosted their confidence. Some even passed on their first try, scoring “strong” in every category!

“I am extremely happy and grateful to you for helping me prepare and successfully pass the Neuro-NIC exam. I gave my exam on 10/31/21 and got my result just this morning.The materials, videos and all suggestions you provided were really helpful. Thanks for paving a path so that people can study and understand the complicated brain in a simple manner.”

“Thank you for such an amazing review course for the C-NNIC certification. I recently received my exam results and I passed on my first try and scored in the “strong” category for each section of the exam. I solely relied on your course and a few sections from a comprehensive neonatal textbook, but your course was the most helpful!”

“When I first heard about the Neuro NICU certification, I was so excited to take the test. However, I was nervous because there weren’t any study guides out for this test. When I heard Synapse was offering a study group for this exam, I joined right away. I learned so much and because of the study group, I passed! I am now certified in neuro NICU.”

“I took the C-NNIC a couple weeks back after viewing the content you offer & scored very strong in all categories!  Super review Kathi!”

“The study group was a great review if things that were covered by the exam. It guided what I needed to study more in depth. If a topic was presented that I felt I needed more on I used the recommended reading to fill in any gaps. I would recommend the course to anyone preparing to take the exam.”

“I found the course and materials very helpful. I only had one month to study for the exam and I relied heavily on the course syllabus and notes in order to be most efficient with my time. This was sufficient for me to pass the test.”

“It has been a long time since I had to study. I actually had no idea how to study anymore, especially since there were not any practice tests at that time. Kathi’s course was wonderful and helping me prepare my thoughts. I would listen to her classes on my commute. The video  links she gave were so helpful to explain concepts that I haven’t thought about since my University days. The guest lecturers were easy to understand.  Even if I never took the exam,  everything I learned made me a better nurse… and a more compassionate person. I don’t think I ever would have had a chance to pass this test without Kathi’s help.”

“The course was an excellent review of NeuroNICU. It helped me expand my knowledge of newborn neuro care.”

“I attended the majority of the live lectures (even if it meant getting up early. The lecturers were all highest caliber with invaluable information. I relied heavily on all the NCC Study Group materials. I did purchase most of the recommended books – they are excellent!!! I felt well prepared for this exam by my participation in the Synapse Care NCC NeuroNICU Exam Study Group!”

Still undecided? Click here to watch the replay of our NCC NeuroNICU Certification Information Session.

Why now is the best time to get certified? 

The National Certification Corporation (NCC) is running a Second Chance Free promotion but you need to submit your application between 4/15/2024 and 7/15/2024 by 11:59 PM Central Standard Time (CST)

For a limited time, if you are not successful in achieving certification on your first examination attempt, you can apply to retake the same NCC Certification examination for a second attempt for free.

Who is Eligible to Take the NCC NeuroNICU Certification Exam? 

Before you add C-NNIC after your name, you’ve got to pass an exam. To qualify for the Neonatal Neuro-Intensive Care exam, you must have a:

  • Current/active/unencumbered in the U.S. or Canada as a physician (MD/DO), registered nurse, advanced practice registered nurse, respiratory therapist, physician assistant, or neonatal therapist (Occupational Therapists (OT), Physical Therapists (PT), Speech and Language Pathologists (SLP)). 
  • No practice experience is required, but it is recommended that you have at least one year of experience caring for neurologically at-risk or compromised neonates for the best possibility of successfully completing the credentialing process.

How Can I Prepare for any of the NCC Neonatal Certification Exams? 

To ensure your success on the RNC-NIC, C-NNIC or C-ELBW exams, consider these valuable resources:

NCC NeuroNICU Candidate Guide: This official resource provides a comprehensive overview of the exam content and valuable test-taking tips.

My favorite NCC Study Textbooks on Amazon — If you are looking for a list of books that can help you study for the NCC NeuroNICU or ELBW certification exams, then check out this list of my favorite books here.

Below are a few direct links to books that I highly recommend ( Please note that these links may contain Amazon affiliate links, which means that if you buy them I might make a small commission at no additional cost to you).

NCC NeuroNICU Study Quiz Questions
The NNIC exam is designed for NICU nurses looking to becoming certified in their field. This book provides a comprehensive collection of 200 practice exam questions. The questions were written by a practicing neonatal nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience in neonatology.

NCC C-ELBW Study Quiz Questions
The ELBW exam is designed for NICU nurses looking to becoming certified in their field. This book provides a comprehensive collection of 200 practice exam questions. The questions were written by a practicing neonatal nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience in neonatology.

Lange’s Book Neonatology
The field’s most trusted and comprehensive guide to treating common and rare problems in newborns. Gomella’s Neonatology makes it easy to quickly retrieve information and includes sections on procedures and drug administration. The volume of information in this field has exploded over the last several decades and physicians, especially trainees, need a quick, dependable reference to inform their clinical decisions. 

Volpe’s Neonatal Neurology Textbook (new 7th edition)
Stay up to date with today’s latest advances in diagnosis and management, as well as the many scientific and technological advances that are revolutionizing neonatal neurology, with the definitive text in the field.

Synapse Care Solutions NCC NeuroNICU Exam Prep Course & Live Study Group: The ONLY NeuroNICU exam study course currently available! This comprehensive course includes a step-by-step weekly study guide, recommended textbooks, more than 12 hours of recorded lectures by NICU nurses, educators, and neonatologists, study quizzes, and dozens of bonus teaching videos. Occasionally we offer a live bi-weekly study group that allow you to interact with other NICU professionals studying for the NCC NeuroNICU exam, ask questions, and get answers! 

Click here to watch the replay of our recent information session of the NCC NeuroNICU certification exam offered by NCC.  I cover the exam requirements, exam components, and share my favorite study tips and textbooks for the exam.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why should I join the Synapse NCC NeuroNICU Study Group?

A: The Synapse NeuroNICU Study Course and Bonus Study Group is designed to help you succeed in your NeuroNICU certification exam. It provides:

  • The ONLY comprehensive study guide for the NCC NeuroNICU exam
  • Bi-weekly Q&A sessions to clear any confusion
  • Expert guidance from experienced NICU nurses
  • A supportive community of fellow nurses
  • Increased confidence on exam day

Q: What is covered during the NCC NeuroNICU Study Group live sessions?

A: The live sessions are on Zoom and we review one of the six core modules in the Study Course.  We go over the bonus materials in the course portal and review study questions as a group and discuss the answers.  

Q: How often do you offer the NCC NeuroNICU Study Group?

A: The live Study Group sessions are usually offered once a year.  In 2024, the study sessions are scheduled from May to August.  

Q: How often does the NCC NeuroNICU Study Group meet and how long are the session?

A: The Syanpse NeuroNICU live Study Group sessions are held via Zoom every other Friday at 9am PST/12noon EST (starting May 24th to August 2nd)

Q: Are the NCC NeuroNICU Study Group sessions recorded?

A: Yes!  We know that it’s not always possible for you to join the study sessions live so we record them for your review at any time.   

Q: What study materials are included in the NCC NeuroNICU Study Course?

A: The study course is a series of 12 on-demand lectures that cover the core certification compentecies and also includes:

  • A comprehensive study guide tailored to the NeuroNICU exam
  • Bonus videos from various NICU experts and YouTubers
  • Study quizzes to test your knowledge
  • Recommended textbooks for further study

Q: Who created the study materials?

A: The study materials were created by Synapse Care Solutions in collaboration with an extensive group of NICU experts.  Our core lectures were done by NICU nurses, NNPs, and Neonatologists.  

Q: Will the study group help me pass the exam?

A: Yes, we think so!  Obviously, we can’t guarantee that you’ll pass the exam but based on past student’s experience we know the study course can equip you with the knowledge and confidence you need to succeed. Past participants have even commented that the extra bonus study group sessions helped them pass the exam, often on their first try.

Q: How can I join the NCC Study Group?

A: Click here to join register for the NCC Study Course and Join the Current Study Group (or at least get access to the recordings of the 2024 summer study sessions).  I am so excited to help you start your journey toward becoming a certified NeuroNICU nurse.

Q: Is there a deadline to join the Study Group?

A: While there’s no strict deadline, it’s recommended to join as soon as possible to take full advantage of the live Q&A (May-Aug), study materials, and community support.

Q: Can I still get certified if I fail the exam on my first try?

A: Yes! NCC is running a Second Chance Free promotion, allowing you to retake the exam for free if you don’t pass on your first attempt. You must submit your application between 4/15/2024 and 7/15/2024.  Be sure to check their website for more information, deadlines or other promotions that they might be offering at this time.  Visit their website at:  www.nccwebsite.org

Q: Who is eligible to take the NCC Certification Exam?

A: You should always check the NCC website for the most current requirements for the NeuroNICU (C-NNIC) exam by NCC, but as of the writing of this article, you must have:

  • Current/active/unencumbered in the U.S. or Canada as a physician (MD/DO), registered nurse, advanced practice registered nurse, respiratory therapist, physician assistant, or neonatal therapist (Occupational Therapists (OT), Physical Therapists (PT), Speech and Language Pathologists (SLP)).
  • No practice experience is required, but it is recommended that you have at least one year of experience caring for neurologically at-risk or compromised neonates for the best possibility of successfully completing the credentialing process.

For more information visit the NCC website.

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