This new site has been developed to provide resources for students and new graduates. Check back regularly for updates to the site and for answers to your questions about certification and continued professional certification (CPC).
In 2015: The CPC Program entry depends upon the year of certification, not the year of graduation. Because the CPC Program didn't launch until August 1, 2016, the timing to enter the CPC Program is a little bit different for those who initially certified in 2015. You completed one 2-year recertification cycle with 40 CE Credits – under the former recertification program –and then entered the CPC Program in 2017.
In 2016: Whereas, if you initially certified in 2016, you began the CPC Program in 2016. Just like if you initially certified in 2017, you began the CPC Program in 2017, and so on.
Frequently Asked Questions About CPC
What is Continued Professional Certification (CPC)?
Formerly called “recertification,” CPC is the process of maintaining your certification. The process involves completing specific requirements during a defined period of time.
What are the CPC requirements?
- Every 4 Years
- 60 Class A Requirement (Assessed CE)
These are assessed and prior-approved CE that are directly related to nurse anesthesia.
- 40 Class B Requirements
These are activities that do not require assessment or prior approval. These are activities that enhance knowledge of anesthesia practice, support patient safety, or foster understanding of the healthcare environment.
- Core Modules
These are educational programs that provide update of core knowledge fundamental to nurse anesthesia practice. Credits earned from core modules can be applied to Class A requirement. Core modules are voluntary for the first 4-year cycle.
- Practice Requirement
- Active RN/APRN License
Nurse anesthetists will take a CPC Examination every other 4-year CPC cycle; i.e., once every 8-year CPC Program period. For the first CPC Examination, certificants will need to meet a performance standard. This provides nurse anesthetists with an opportunity to become familiar with the CPC Examination content outline and the electronic examination format. Not meeting the performance standard in any core domain on the examination will not result in loss of certification. For those areas in which the performance standard was not met, NBCRNA is currently considering options other than the current requirement, which is taking an additional CPC Core Module.
When do I enter the CPC Program?
The year in which you enroll in the CPC Program depends on when you certify.
If you certified in 2017, for example, you entered the CPC Program in 2017.
If you certify in 2018, you will enter the CPC Program in 2018.
Special note to CRNAs who are initially certified in 2015: You completed one (1) 2-year recertification cycle with 40 CE credits and then were enrolled in the CPC Program in 2017.
Do the courses I took during my nurse anesthesia program count for recertification or for CPC compliance?
No. Credits earned during a nurse anesthesia program cannot be applied to continued professional certification (CPC) or recertification.