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Starting August 1, 2016, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) will begin to be recertified under the new Continued Professional Certification (CPC) program developed by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA). The CPC program focuses on professional development and continuing education in the four domains of anesthesia care: airway management technique, applied clinical pharmacology, human physiology and pathophysiology, and anesthesia equipment and technology. To help CRNAs transition to this new program, the AANA will provide numerous services and resources to smooth the way. Get the facts now
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CPC Comprised of Four Components

Under the CPC program, CRNAs earn Class A assessed continuing education (CE) credits for educational activities that demonstrate knowledge has been attained. Class A credits are prior approved and refer to participatory education such as live meetings, online courses, and other activities that show how learning informs or improves anesthesia care. There are many valid forms of assessment, including: self-assessment, demonstrations, polling, case studies, simulations, and post-tests. CRNAs must earn a minimum of 60 Class A assessed credits during every four-year CPC cycle. To support CRNAs in transitioning to the CPC program, the AANA CE Committee has updated its Class A requirements to align with the new program. Learn more.

AANA Member Benefit Earn Class A credits annually with your 6 free AANA Learn courses.

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CPC Class B requirements recognize learning alternatives. Class B credits are not assessed and do not need to be prior-approved. CRNAs must earn 40 Class B credits during every four-year CPC cycle, and can satisfy these requirements through a variety of activities that enhance anesthesia knowledge, support patient safety, or foster understanding of the broader healthcare environment. CRNAs may also fulfill Class B requirements by using excess Class A credits earned during their four-year cycle. In fact, CRNAs can use Class A credits to fulfill their entire Class B requirement (all 40 credits). AANA's CE tracking service, a highly regarded benefit of AANA membership, is available at no charge to AANA members to conveniently and accurately account for all Class B credits earned.

AANA Member Benefit Exclusively for AANA Members, track Class B credits in real time on AANA Learn. Once submitted, the Class B credits will automatically appear on your AANA transcript.

Not an AANA member? View the many reasons why AANA membership matters!

Core Modules are continuing education activities that provide a consistent structure for nurse anesthetists to stay abreast of evolving evidence-based knowledge. The modules will use a standard set of performance objectives to address the four domains of anesthesia care: airway management technique, applied clinical pharmacology, human physiology and pathophysiology, and anesthesia equipment and technology. Each module will be linked with the content outline of the CPC examination and will include a formal assessment, such as multiple choice questions. Completion is optional in the first four-year CPC cycle. Modules are being developed by the AANA and other NBCRNA-approved vendors, and will be made available online and at live events.

AANA Member Benefit Enjoy special members-only pricing on the AANA's CPC Core Modules on AANA Learn. This four-part series delivers an innovative, enjoyable, interactive, self-paced CE activity to help you stay current in today’s anesthesia essentials.

Unlike the National Certification Examination for graduated student registered nurse anesthetists, the new CPC examination will focus on the knowledge that CRNAs learn over time through clinical practice, continuing education, and evidence-based literature. CRNAs must take the CPC exam every eight years. The exam will include 150 questions covering the four domains of nurse anesthesia practice: airway management, applied clinical pharmacology, physiology and pathophysiology, and anesthesia equipment and technology. All CRNAs must take their first CPC exam by 2024 or 2025, depending on their recertification cycle. For the first CPC exam, CRNAs will maintain their certification even if they do not meet the performance standards. Additional continuing education will be required to strengthen any area of weakness. The first CPC exam will help CRNAs become familiar with the exam content and electronic format, and identify areas in need of additional study without impacting their certification. However, for the second CPC exam, all CRNAs must meet passing standards by 2032 or 2033, depending on their recertification cycle. If after four attempts a CRNA does not meet the passing standard on the second exam, the NBCRNA review process will allow nurse anesthetists to communicate individual circumstances and receive assistance or direction. The goal for the exam is not to be punitive, but instead to promote education and lifelong learning. Learn More.



1. Class A Requirements

Under the CPC program, CRNAs earn Class A assessed continuing education (CE) credits for educational activities that demonstrate knowledge has been attained. Class A credits are prior approved and refer to participatory education such as live meetings, online courses, and other activities that show how learning informs or improves anesthesia care. There are many valid forms of assessment, including: self-assessment, demonstrations, polling, case studies, simulations, and post-tests. CRNAs must earn a minimum of 60 Class A assessed credits during every four-year CPC cycle. To support CRNAs in transitioning to the CPC program, the AANA CE Committee has updated its Class A requirements to align with the new program. Learn more.

AANA Member Benefit Earn Class A credits annually with your 6 free AANA Learn courses.

Not an AANA member? View the many reasons why AANA membership matters!

2. Class B Requirements

CPC Class B requirements recognize learning alternatives. Class B credits are not assessed and do not need to be prior-approved. CRNAs must earn 40 Class B credits during every four-year CPC cycle, and can satisfy these requirements through a variety of activities that enhance anesthesia knowledge, support patient safety, or foster understanding of the broader healthcare environment. CRNAs may also fulfill Class B requirements by using excess Class A credits earned during their four-year cycle. In fact, CRNAs can use Class A credits to fulfill their entire Class B requirement (all 40 credits). AANA's CE tracking service, a highly regarded benefit of AANA membership, is available at no charge to AANA members to conveniently and accurately account for all Class B credits earned.

AANA Member Benefit Exclusively for AANA Members, track Class B credits in real time on AANA Learn. Once submitted, the Class B credits will automatically appear on your AANA transcript.

Not an AANA member? View the many reasons why AANA membership matters!

3. Core Modules

Core Modules are continuing education activities that provide a consistent structure for nurse anesthetists to stay abreast of evolving evidence-based knowledge. The modules will use a standard set of performance objectives to address the four domains of anesthesia care: airway management technique, applied clinical pharmacology, human physiology and pathophysiology, and anesthesia equipment and technology. Each module will be linked with the content outline of the CPC examination and will include a formal assessment, such as multiple choice questions. Completion is optional in the first four-year CPC cycle. Modules are being developed by the AANA and other NBCRNA-approved vendors, and will be made available online and at live events.

AANA Member Benefit Enjoy special members-only pricing on the AANA's CPC Core Modules on AANA Learn. This four-part series delivers an innovative, enjoyable, interactive, self-paced CE activity to help you stay current in today’s anesthesia essentials.

4. Exams

Unlike the National Certification Examination for graduated student registered nurse anesthetists, the new CPC examination will focus on the knowledge that CRNAs learn over time through clinical practice, continuing education, and evidence-based literature. CRNAs must take the CPC exam every eight years. The exam will include 150 questions covering the four domains of nurse anesthesia practice: airway management, applied clinical pharmacology, physiology and pathophysiology, and anesthesia equipment and technology. All CRNAs must take their first CPC exam by 2024 or 2025, depending on their recertification cycle. For the first CPC exam, CRNAs will maintain their certification even if they do not meet the performance standards. Additional continuing education will be required to strengthen any area of weakness. The first CPC exam will help CRNAs become familiar with the exam content and electronic format, and identify areas in need of additional study without impacting their certification. However, for the second CPC exam, all CRNAs must meet passing standards by 2032 or 2033, depending on their recertification cycle. If after four attempts a CRNA does not meet the passing standard on the second exam, the NBCRNA review process will allow nurse anesthetists to communicate individual circumstances and receive assistance or direction. The goal for the exam is not to be punitive, but instead to promote education and lifelong learning. Learn More.


CRNA recertification
CHANGES at a GLANCE

The CPC program requires CRNAs to begin to meet new CPC requirements starting August 1, 2016 or August 1, 2017, depending on recertification year.

Before

Two-year recertification cycle

After

Four-year CPC Program cycle, check-ins every two years to maintain CPC compliance, and a CPC exam every eight years

Before

40 CE credits every two- year cycle

After

100 credits of continuing education and professional development every four-year cycle

  • Minimum 60 Class A assessed CE credits
  • Minimum 40 Class B credits

Before

None

After

Four educational modules, one for each domain of anesthesia care:

  • Airway management technique
  • Applied clinical pharmacology
  • Human physiology and pathophysiology
  • Anesthesia equipment and technology

Completion is optional in the first four-year CPC Program cycle; however, completion of any or all Core Modules during that cycle can be counted as Class A credits to fulfill the Class A requirement.

Before

None

After

150 questions every eight years covering the four domains of anesthesia care:

  • Airway management technique
  • Applied clinical pharmacology
  • Human physiology and pathophysiology
  • Anesthesia equipment and technology

The first exam is mandatory by 2024 or 2025, depending on individual recertification cycle. Not meeting performance standards will NOT affect a CRNA’s certification.

The second exam is mandatory by 2032 or 2033, depending on individual recertification cycle. If after four attempts a CRNA does not meet the passing standards on the second exam, the NBCRNA review process will allow the CRNA to communicate individual circumstances and receive assistance or direction. The goal for the exam is not to be punitive, but instead to promote education and lifelong learning.

Before

$110 application fee every two years

Does not include CE credits

After

$110 fee every two years
(Estimate) $300 every eight years for the CPC Exam, an average of $37.50 per year

Does not include: Class A assessed CE credits (average of five fewer required per year than previous CE), Class B professional development credits (many are low- or no-cost), or Core Modules (voluntary the first four years but count as Class A credits)

Before

Two-year recertification cycle

After

Four-year CPC Program cycle, check-ins every two years to maintain CPC compliance, and a CPC exam every eight years

Before

40 CE credits every two- year cycle

After

100 credits of continuing education and professional development every four-year cycle

  • Minimum 60 Class A assessed CE credits
  • Minimum 40 Class B credits
Before

None

After

Four educational modules, one for each domain of anesthesia care:

  • Airway management technique
  • Applied clinical pharmacology
  • Human physiology and pathophysiology
  • Anesthesia equipment and technology

Completion is optional in the first four-year CPC Program cycle; however, completion of any or all Core Modules during that cycle can be counted as Class A credits to fulfill the Class A requirement.

Before

None

After

150 questions every eight years covering the four domains of anesthesia care:

  • Airway management technique
  • Applied clinical pharmacology
  • Human physiology and pathophysiology
  • Anesthesia equipment and technology

The first exam is mandatory by 2024 or 2025, depending on individual recertification cycle. Not meeting performance standards will NOT affect a CRNA’s certification.

The second exam is mandatory by 2032 or 2033, depending on individual recertification cycle. If after four attempts a CRNA does not meet the passing standards on the second exam, the NBCRNA review process will allow the CRNA to communicate individual circumstances and receive assistance or direction. The goal for the exam is not to be punitive, but instead to promote education and lifelong learning.

Before

$110 application fee every two years
Does not include CE credits

After

$110 fee every two years
(Estimate) $300 every eight years for the CPC Exam, an average of $37.50 per year

Does not include: Class A assessed CE credits (average of five fewer required per year than previous CE), Class B professional development credits (many are low- or no-cost), or Core Modules (voluntary the first four years but count as Class A credits)

Countdown to Lifelong Learning

Since the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) began developing the CPC Program, the AANA has strived to ensure the end result would be a process that prioritizes patient care and safety, promotes lifelong learning and quality improvement, and respects the unique situations of individual CRNAs. To view your estimated timeline for participating in the new CPC program, please indicate whether you are scheduled to recertify in even or odd years. The CPC requirements below are in addition to practice and licensing requirements and other attestations.

I am scheduled in:

Now through July 31, 2015
Same as always
  • 40 CEUs
August 1, 2015 - July 31, 2017
Same as always
  • 40 CEUs
August 1, 2017 - July 31, 2021
First 4-year CPC cycle
  • 60 Class A Assessed CE Credits
  • 40 Class B Credits
  • CPC Core Modules (Optional)
  • No CPC Examination
August 1, 2021 - July 31, 2025
Second 4-year CPC cycle
  • 60 Class A Assessed CE Credits
  • 40 Class B Credits
  • CPC Core Modules
  • First CPC Examination: Meet
    performance standards; does not
    affect certification
August 1, 2025 - July 31, 2029
  • 60 Class A Assessed CE Credits
  • 40 Class B Credits
  • CPC Core Modules
  • No CPC Examination
August 1, 2029 - July 31, 2033
  • 60 Class A Assessed CE Credits
  • 40 Class B Credits
  • CPC Core Modules
  • Second CPC Examination: Meet
    passing standards
Now through July 31, 2016
Same as always
  • 40 CEUs
August 1, 2016 - July 31, 2020
First 4-year CPC cycle
  • 60 Class A Assessed CE Credits
  • 40 Class B Credits
  • CPC Core Modules (Optional)
  • No CPC Examination
August 1, 2020 - July 31, 2024
Second 4-year CPC cycle
  • 60 Class A Assessed CE Credits
  • 40 Class B Credits
  • CPC Core Modules
  • First CPC Examination: Meet
    performance standard; does not
    affect certification
August 1, 2024 - July 31, 2028
  • 60 Class A Assessed CE Credits
  • 40 Class B Credits
  • CPC Core Modules
  • No exam
August 1, 2028 - July 31, 2032
  • 60 Class A Assessed CE Credits
  • 40 Class B Credits
  • CPC Core Modules
  • Second CPC Examination:
    Meet passing standard
Countdown to Lifelong Learning
July 2015
Now through July 31, 2015
Same as always
  • 40 CEUs
July 2017
August 1, 2015 - July 31, 2017
Same as always
  • 40 CEUs
July 2021
August 1, 2017 - July 31, 2021
First 4-year CPC cycle
  • 60 Class A Assessed CE Credits
  • 40 Class B Credits
  • CPC Core Modules (Optional)
  • No CPC Examination
July 2025
August 1, 2021 - July 31, 2025
Second 4-year CPC cycle
  • 60 Class A Assessed CE Credits
  • 40 Class B Credits
  • CPC Core Modules
  • First CPC Examination: Meet
    performance standards; does not
    affect certification
July 2029
August 1, 2025 - July 31, 2029
  • 60 Class A Assessed CE Credits
  • 40 Class B Credits
  • CPC Core Modules
  • No CPC Examination
July 2033
August 1, 2029 - July 31, 2033
  • 60 Class A Assessed CE Credits
  • 40 Class B Credits
  • CPC Core Modules
  • Second CPC Examination: Meet
    passing standards
July 2016
Now through July 31, 2016
Same as always
  • 40 CEUs
July 2020
August 1, 2016 - July 31, 2020
First 4-year CPC cycle
  • 60 Class A Assessed CE Credits
  • 40 Class B Credits
  • CPC Core Modules (Optional)
  • No CPC Examination
July 2024
August 1, 2020 - July 31, 2024
Second 4-year CPC cycle
  • 60 Class A Assessed CE Credits
  • 40 Class B Credits
  • CPC Core Modules
  • First CPC Examination: Meet
    performance standard; does not
    affect certification
July 2028
August 1, 2024 - July 31, 2028
  • 60 Class A Assessed CE Credits
  • 40 Class B Credits
  • CPC Core Modules
  • No exam
July 2032
August 1, 2028 - July 31, 2032
  • 60 Class A Assessed CE Credits
  • 40 Class B Credits
  • CPC Core Modules
  • Second CPC Examination:
    Meet passing standard
FAQs

Contact

For questions about the Continued Professional Certification (CPC) program, email us at cpc@aana.com or contact NBCRNA at cpc@nbcrna.com.

For more information from the NBCRNA regarding the CPC program, go to http://www.nbcrna.com/cpc

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