Class B credits
Class B credits are the most flexible component of the CPC Program. Class B credits include a wide range of professional activities that enhance knowledge of anesthesia practice, support patient safety, or foster an understanding of the health care environment. Class B activities: do NOT require prior approval, are NOT required to have an assessment, and are NOT required to undergo a non-prior approval process.
40 credits of Class B activity are required for each 4-year cycle of the CPC Program.
Any Class A credits earned in excess of the 60 required (per four-year cycle) may be used to meet Class B requirements in that same cycle where one Class A credit = one Class B credit. However, Class B credits cannot be used towards meeting Class A requirements.
Video: Class B Requirement for the CPC Program
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Video: Class B Requirement Overview for the CPC Program
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See the List of Class B Activity Categories - "Class B Table"
The following is a list of current Class B activities. However, the listings and the examples here should not be considered all-inclusive. Click on an activity to view the reporting form. For your record-keeping convenience, fill out the corresponding Class B reporting form when you complete an activity. AANA members can upload the form and any supporting documentation into their Class B portal located on the AANA website (https://shop.aana.com/). Non-AANA members can retain documentation should it be needed in the future.
Class B Requirement
Q How do I document/track Class B credits?The NBCRNA has developed a Class B Activities Table that details what information needs to be collected and retained for Class B credits. To assist you in your record-keeping, documentation templates are provided for each type of activity on the Table. Alternately, AANA members can access an online portal to record Class B credit participation and upload all supporting documentation to evidence involvement in that Class B activity. If you are not an AANA member, you will maintain your Class B credit records on your own and report them to the NBCRNA every 4 years, much like you have managed your CE credits in the past.
Q How does the Class B requirement relate to clinical practice?
Class B activities strengthen the nurse anesthetist’s understanding of the healthcare environment. These added experiences provide opportunities to translate information into clinical practice and improve patient outcomes. Many activities are ones that you would already be engaged in for your licensure, hospital requirement, or other activities such as a mission trip, a conference that you sit in on, precepting students, being a member of a board or committee, taking ACLS and PALS that aren’t assessed, or hospital inservice, for example.
Q When will I start compiling Class B credits?
If you recertified in 2017/by July 31, 2017, you are now entered in the CPC Program and can begin earning Class A and Class B credits for your 2017-2021 CPC Program cycle.
Q How much do Class B activities cost?
Many of the activities that would qualify as Class B requirements are not expected to have additional cost. Many activities are ones that you would already be engaged in for your licensure, hospital requirement, or other activities such as a mission trip, a conference that you sit in on, precepting students, being a member of a board or committee, taking ACLS and PALS that aren’t assessed, or hospital inservice, for example.
Q Can I report only Class B activities that are on the NBCRNA’s Class B Activities Table?
The NBCRNA has published the activities that have been approved to qualify as Class B credit: the Class B Activities Table. If you do not see an activity you believe may qualify as a Class B activity and you wish to claim it, contact the NBCRNA to discuss whether that activity can be applied to the Class B requirement at CPC@nbcrna.com.
Q Do life support courses qualify for the CPC Program?
Yes, credits from life support courses that are prior approved and have an assessment can applied to the Class A requirement. If credit is earned from courses that are not prior approved and/or not assessed, those credits can be applied to the Class B requirement. A nurse anesthetist may report up to a total of 20 credits per 4-year cycle of initial and/or renewal life support courses. Examples of life support courses include BLS, ACLS, PALS, NALS/NRP, and ATLS.
Q Can Class A activities be used to fulfill the Class B requirement?
Yes, any Class A credits that are not applied toward a nurse anesthetist’s Class A requirement can be applied to the Class B requirement. So all Class A credits above the required 60 per 4-year CPC Program cycle can be applied towards the Class B requirement (of 40).