CRNAs are Highly Educated
CRNAs must complete extensive education, training and experience to be come certified, including:
- A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or other appropriate baccalaureate degree.
- A current license as a registered nurse.
- At least one year of experience as a registered nurse in an acute care setting.
- Graduation with a minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited nurse anesthesia educational program. As of June 2012 there were 112 accredited nurse anesthesia programs in the United States utilizing more than 1,850 approved clinical sites. These programs range from 24-36 months, depending upon university requirements. All programs include clinical training in university-based or large community hospitals.
- Pass the national certification examination following graduation.
In order to be recertified, CRNAs must obtain a minimum of 40 hours of approved continuing education every two years, document substantial anesthesia practice, maintain current state licensure, and certify that they have not developed any conditions that could adversely affect their ability to practice anesthesia.