Program Overview and FAQs

Overview of the Continued Professional Certification (CPC) Program

The CPC Program has been designed to allow a variety of approaches to learning and assessment.
 
Components 
The CPC Program is an 8-year program, comprising two 4-year CPC Cycles.  It consists of 4 major components:
 
  • Class A credits (assessed CE):  60 credits every 4 years
  • Class B credits (professional development): 40 credits every 4 years
  • Core Modules: 4 every 4 years (one in each of four core areas)
  • CPC Examination:  Once every 8 years; meet the performance standard for the first examination
 
 
 
Timelines
The CPC Program will begin in calendar year 2016, based on each individual’s graduation or recertification date.
 
Currently Certify in ODD Years
 
2015 - 2017
Recertify with 40 CE credits eaned over the past 2 years, practice requirement, etc., as you always have
 
2017 - 2021
The first 4-Year CPC Cycle begins:
60 Class A credits; 40 Class B credits, and 4 Core Modules
 
 
8-Year CPC Program
2021 - 2025
The second 4-Year CPC Cycle begins:
60 Class A credits; 40 Class B credits, and 4 Core Modules
CPC Examination: Meet performance standard
2025 - 2029
The third 4-Year CPC Cycle begins:
60 Class A credits; 40 Class B credits, and 4 Core Modules
 
 
8-Year CPC Program
2029 - 2033
The fourth 4-Year CPC Cycle begins:
60 Class A credits; 40 Class B credit, and 4 Core Modules
CPC Examination: Meet passing standard
 
Currently Certify in EVEN Years
 
2014 - 2016
Recertify with 40 CE credits earned over the past 2 years, practice   requirement, etc., ​as you always have
 
2016 - 2020
The first 4-Year CPC Cycle begins:
60 Class A credits; 40 Class B credits, and 4 Core Modules
 
 
8-Year CPC Program
2020 - 2024
The second 4-Year CPC Cycle begins:
60 Class A credits; 40 Class B credits, and 4 Core Modules
CPC Examination: Meet performance standard
2024 - 2028
The third 4-Year CPC Cycle begins:
60 Class A credits; 40 Class B credits, and 4 Core Modules
 
 
8-Year CPC Program
2028 - 2032
The fourth 4-Year CPC Cycle begins:
60 Class A credits; 40 Class B credits, and 4 Core Modules
CPC Examination: Meet passing standard
 
 
FAQs
 
Will life support courses qualify for the CPC Program? 
Yes. Life support courses (e.g., BLS, ACLS, PALS, NALS/NRP, ATLS) may be reported as Class A credits or as Class B credits. A nurse anesthetist may report both initial and renewal life support courses in the same CPC cycle, provided the combined course totals do not exceed 20 credits. 
 
If I am currently recertified what do I do? 
Individuals who are currently recertified through July 31, 2016.
Complete CE requirements exactly as you have been until you recertify prior to July 31 of 2016. After recertification in 2016, begin the CPC Program.  
 
Individuals who will be recertified through July 31, 2017.
Complete CE requirements exactly as you have been until you recertify prior to July 31 of 2017. After recertification in 2017, begin the CPC Program. 
 
If I graduate in 2015 from a nurse anesthesia program what will my requirements be? 
Individuals who graduate and are initially certified in 2015 will complete the current 2-year recertification process before entering the CPC Program in 2017. 
 
If I graduate in 2016 from a nurse anesthesia program what will my requirements be? 
Individuals who graduate and are initially certified in 2016 will enter the 4-year CPC Program. 
 
How much will the CPC Program cost? 
The NBCRNA expects the annualized cost of the CPC Program to be similar to current recertification costs.

 
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