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
Requirements for Core
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
Core Modules will include a formal assessment, such as multiple choice questions.
Core Modules will undergo a recognition process by the NBCRNA to ensure that the
modules meet the stated learning objectives.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
If you can't find the answer to your question, contact us at CPC@nbcrna.com or call toll-free (855) 285-4658.
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