The NBCRNA administers the National Certification Exam (NCE) to measure the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for entry-level
nurse anesthesia practitioners. The NCE is a variable-length computerized adaptive test for entry into nurse anesthesia practice.
The NBCRNA Board of Directors appoints a representative group of certified registered nurse anesthetists to serve on the Certification Examination Subcommittee. This subcommittee meets annually to write and review test questions for the approved item bank and to update the item bank each year. Performance statistics for questions are continually monitored by the NBCRNA.
The NBCRNA maintains responsibility for the examination content outline and test specifications, maintains an item bank of approved test questions, and sets the passing score. In addition, the NBCRNA determines individual eligibility for admission to the NCE. See the NCE Bibliography
FY 2016 Statistics
For FY 2016, a total of 2,907 NCE exams were administered, with a pass rate (for first-time takers) of 84.5%; the pass rate is lower for repeat examinees.The total number of candidates who took the NCE and were certified during FY 2016 was 2,457. A list of the newly certified CRNAs by state of residence is published monthly here on the NBCRNA website.