CPC Program/Recertification


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Continued Professional Certification (CPC) Program

​​- The CPC Program went info effect on August 1, 2016 - ​

​NEW: NBCRNA Evaluating Alternatives to the CPC Exam

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February 15, 2017
Steve Wooden, DNP, CRNA, NSPM-C




​​ AANA and NBCRNA Working Together: NBCRNA Reviewing Future Alternatives to CPC Program Exam​

 Statement: NBCRNA Reviewing Future Alternatives to CPC Program Exam​​

(A joint AANA/NBCRNA statement on this topic was posted in the February 15, 2017 issue of Anesthesia E-ssential, the e-newsletter of the AANA.)


The Continued Professional Certification (CPC) Program is based on 8-year periods comprised of two 4-year cycles and officially began on August 1, 2016. However, when the Program launched, more than 22,000 CRNAs had already recertified and had entered into the CPC Program, getting a head start on accumulating (Class A and Class B) credit​s. CRNAs newly certified in 2016 enter immediately into the CPC Program. CRNAs due to recertify by July 31, 2017 will recertify one last time, then enter into the Program.​

The CPC Program, formerly “recertification,” focuses on lifelong learning and was developed in response to changing accreditation requirements, changing needs within the healthcare environment, the increasing role of CRNAs in the healthcare scene, as well as technology changes.


Watch the new CPC Class B videos!

 
 
 
The Program

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The CPC Program consists of 8-year periods, and each period is comprised of two 4-year cycles. In addition to practice and license requirements, the program includes 4 main components:
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  1.   Class A
  2.   Class B
  3.   Core Modules (see Providers)
  4.   Examination








These are most similar to the CE credits you've been accumulating in the past. Class A credits are activities that are 1) prior approved (e.g. by the AANA), 2) include an assessment of some type, and 3) are related to nurse anesthesia practice. The CE provider will determine the cost of the courses they produce, but are expected to be similar to current CE credit pricing. CE Vendors will promote the courses as Class A elgible. Note: You can use "extra" Class A credits (anything over the 60 required per 4-year cycle) to meet Class B requirements.


Regarding the assessment component: The CE activity will include an assessment. An assessment can take many forms, such as multiple choice questions, simulation demonstrations, case studies, or self-assessment.


Regarding prior approval: Just like current CE activities, an appropriate approval entity, such as the AANA, evaluates the activity and provides prior approval.


AANA Non-Prior

 

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Regarding the activity being directly related to anesthesia: The CE activity must be directly related to nurse anesthesia practice and the delivery of, or the improvement of, anesthesia care for patients.


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2017 - 2021 Recertification

The 2017-2021 cycle will open March 1, 2017.

The deadline for online application
for the 2016 - 2020 cycle was July 31, 2016. The 2017-2021 cycle will open in March 2017.

For questions, email us
at recertification@nbcrna.com or call (855) 285-4658.

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