Step 5 of 6 - Study for the exam


Preparing to study

Please bear in mind that the exam covers the lifespan, so if you work in pediatrics, you may need to focus your studies on adult and aging issues. Likewise, if you have expertise in adult and aging issues, you need to review pediatrics. Be very familiar with common syndromes and conditions. Know about seizure care. Know about appropriate delegation to caregivers and direct support personnel. Know about medications that are commonly administered to people with IDD. Know about health problems that are associated with different syndromes and conditions, including their signs and symptoms and their treatments. Know about common laws that affect the rights of people with IDD. Know the significance of laboratory values for tests that are commonly ordered for persons with IDD.

Basically, this is a nursing exam that evaluates your overall IDD nursing knowledge. There are no trick questions. You are not asked to do drug calculations, although you may be asked about the appropriateness of a particular medication for a particular client with a particular syndrome or condition in a particular situation. The questions on this exam reflect the day-to-day practice of IDD nurses.


Certification practice questions

These are practice questions only. They are not actual questions from the certification exams. Practice questions will range in difficulty. Some questions will be appropriate for both RNs and LPNs/LVNs, while other questions will not be.

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Recommended study material

The DDNA Board of Directors recommends completion of the free online IDD nursing courseware on this website as a useful study tool for the exam. They also recommend the books listed below. You may be able to obtain these books by contacting your local public library to see whether it has the books or whether it can obtain the books for you through an interlibrary loan program. Some recommended books include:

  • Core Curriculum For Specializing In Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Resource for Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals. Edited by Wendy Nehring. ISBN 0-7637-4765-3 Paperback
  • Medical Care for Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities, Second Edition. Edited by I. Leslie Rubin, M.D., and Allen C. Crocker, M.D. ISBN 1-55766-766-7 Hardcover
  • When Your Child Has a Disability: The Complete Sourcebook of Daily and Medical Care, Revised Edition. Edited by Mark L. Batshaw, M.D. ISBN 1-55766-472-2 Paperback
  • Genetics and Mental Retardation Syndromes: A New Look at Behavior and Interventions. By Elisabeth M. Dykens, Ph.D., Robert M. Hodapp, Ph.D., and Brenda M. Finucane, M.S ISBN 1-55766-471-4 Paperback

Also, the resources section of this site contains more than 1400 links to IDD related materials.