Accreditation and Recognition


The credentialing programs of the NBCRNA are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification, Inc. (ABSNC). 


The NCCA is the private not-for-profit accrediting branch of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), which is the national standard setting organization for credentialing groups including certification boards, licensing boards and associations. The NBCRNA received its initial accreditation by the NCCA in June 1984 and our programs have been continuously accredited since 1980.


The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) of the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS), established in 1991, is a national peer review program for specialty nursing certification bodies. It promotes the highest quality of specialty nursing practice through the establishment of standards of professional specialty nursing certification. When the NBCRNA received its initial accreditation from the ABSNC in August 1992, it was one of the first national certification bodies to be recognized and approved by the ABSNC.

In 2012, the NCCA and ABSNC approved the reaccreditation of the NBCRNA certification program and the Continued Professional Certification (CPC) Program through July 2022. 


In August 2017 the NBCRNA's Non-Surgical Pain Management (NSPM) program was granted accreditation by the ABSNC through August 2022.

For more information about NCCA and ABSNC accreditation, visit their websites.

NCCA Accreditation Website
ABSNC Accreditation Website

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  NCSBN's Nursys Database Welcomes Data from NBCRNA

NCSBN announces that the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists is now uploading their certification information into the NCSBN Nursys database. This new service is valuable to BONs as they now have real-time access to current certification credentials as part of the licensure process for certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs). This is also of great benefit to CRNAs for whom continual certification is a requirement of licensure/state recognition.

  Read the full press release from NCSBN here.