Can a hospital discharge planner get certified in case management?

  1. I work in an acute care hospital as a utilization management/discharge planning nurse. Has anyone in a similar position been able to sit for the CCM exam and become certified? I can't get a clear answer about whether this work experience qualifies? Thanks!
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    Joined: Jun '10; Posts: 1
    discharge planner/ UM; from US
    Specialty: 27 year(s) of experience


  3. by   Tina, RN
    I'm not certain, but I *think* you need to be employed as a CM for 2 years in order to sit for the exam. That's what I needed to do. You should contact the CCMC to check it out. Best wishes!
  4. by   gr8rnpjt
    I believe discharge planning would qualify as an acceptable position to sit for the exam. Go on the CCM site and review the qualifications. It's pretty self explanatory and will answer all your questions. I believe that you have to work under a CM certified supervisor, and you have to have done discharge planning for a certain number of years.

    I obtained my CCM certification and all I ever did was UM. So I am pretty sure you would qualify as long as you fit the parameters explained on the CCM website.

    I found that CCM certification was not required in a lot of positions I have taken, so I let my certification lapse. I will have to sit again if my job ever changes and am required to have certification. I have not found the need to do so as of yet.
  5. by   lolarnz
    CCM site has the requirements listed for testing. Does include x amt of hours working under the supervision of a Certified CM. I functioned directly under a CCM only providing discharge planning. I was accepted for testing. Most facilities of course want more bang for the buck ... not surprised to see all areas UR, DC, CM under one title. However a team approach to CM for unit specific needs should be addressed. In my facility .... they are expecting all that from 1 nurse ... yes ... one nurse for all units. Hummm?