Core Module Overview and FAQs


One of the strengths of the CPC Program is that the four Core Modules are linked to the content outline of the CPC Examination. The modules provide a structured approach for nurse anesthetists to stay abreast of current evidence that ultimately complements the content of the CPC Examination.
Requirements for Core Modules
One module in each core area during each 4-year cycle. Additional modules in any of those areas can be taken, as long as the exact same module from a single vendor is not repeated.
The continuing education (CE) vendors will determine the length of the modules they produce. The AANA, or another prior-approval entity, will determine the Class A credit value of each module.
Core Modules will offer Class A credits, which can be applied to the Class A credit requirement.  Core Modules can be used to satisfy some or all of the Class A credit requirements.
Features of Core Modules
An Assessment
Core Modules will include a formal assessment, such as multiple choice questions.

NBCRNA Recognition
Core Modules will undergo a recognition process by the NBCRNA to ensure that the modules meet the stated learning objectives.
The prior approval process by an appropriate approval entity, such as the AANA, evaluates the assessment process. Nurse anesthetists should look for explicit language within CE vendor advertising indicating that a CE activity has been prior-approved to award a certain number of assessed CEs.

Directly Related to One of the Four Core Areas
Each Core Module will address one of the four core areas in anesthesia:
  • Airway management technique;
  • Applied clinical pharmacology;
  • Human physiology and pathophysiology; or
  • Anesthesia equipment and technology.
How many CPC Core Modules are required during a 4-year CPC cycle?
One CPC Core Module in each of the 4 core competency areas in anesthesia: airway management techniques, applied clinical pharmacology, human physiology and pathophysiology; and anesthesia equipment and technology.

Will the CPC Core Modules also count toward the 60 Class A credits required during the CPC cycle?
Yes. CPC Core Modules will qualify for Class A credits and so they will also be counted toward the total number of Class A credits for any 4-year CPC cycle.

How much will it cost to take the CPC Core Modules?
The cost will be determined by the CE vendor. We believe market competition will keep the cost of Core Modules reasonable.

Where will I report information that I have taken the CPC Core Modules?
For AANA members, completed CPC Core Modules will automatically be reported to the NBCRNA. For non-members, the NBCRNA will establish a way for module information to be reported, similar to the way continuing education is currently self-reported.

Can all 4 CPC Core Modules be taken in the same year?
Yes. They may be completed at any time during the 4-year cycle.

Will the CPC Core Modules be a good tool to prepare for the CPC Examination?
Yes. However the CPC Examination may cover content not addressed in the modules.

If I pass the modules, will I pass the CPC Examination?
The modules will serve as learning tools for content on the CPC Examination; however, performance on the modules will not necessarily correlate to performance on the CPC Examination.
Where will I find CPC Core Modules that qualify for the CPC program?
The NBCRNA will provide direct links from its website to those CE vendors who offer NBCRNA-recognized modules.

What will the format be for CPC Core Modules?
The modules will be available through various electronic media, but also may be offered at in-person events.

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