- NEW - Answers to many of your Coronavirus FAQs for CRNAs can be found here on the FAQ page.
- Students: Read testing alerts, updates and FAQs here.
- See the COA Statement Regarding COVID-19 as it relates to nurse anesthesia educational programs.
-Read this op ed article from fellow CRNA Judy Thompson, ASN, DNAP, CRNA
May 7, 2020 – Important Pearson VUE Testing Center Update
March 24, 2020 - CPC Renewal Deadline Extended Four Months
The NBCRNA recognizes the extraordinary impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on every individual, business and family, while creating unprecedented challenges for the CRNA community. We realize some CRNAs may be unable to meet the CE requirements necessary to renew their credential due to the cancellation of recent continuing education meetings and other learning opportunities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. So, based on our ongoing communications with the Council on Accreditation (COA), the AANA, our testing vendors, CE providers, and members of the nurse anesthesia community, the NBCRNA is taking steps to help allay expressed concerns about meeting the Continued Professional Certification (CPC) Program requirements to renew your CRNA credential.
The NBCRNA has made the following one-time adjustment to the CPC Program timeline and deadlines to provide some relief from the many timing constraints everyone is currently facing.
- The NBCRNA is extending the July 31, 2020 certification renewal deadline by four months to November 30, 2020, allowing additional time to fulfill the CPC requirements.
This one-time adjustment applies to CRNAs who are due to renew their certification by July 31, 2020. Although the change in the deadline would not affect future CPC cycle deadlines for those individuals, it will allow them additional time to earn any remaining Class A and Class B credits necessary to meet the requirement of this current 4-year CPC cycle.
For the many who have already earned your requirements over the past four years and are ready to apply for your certification renewal, we encourage you to do so once the applications open on 4/14/2020. You will remain on schedule and can begin accumulating your Class A and Class B credits for your next 4-year CPC cycle after your application is approved.
UPDATE March 30, 2020 - Per Pearson VUE website: "The status of our global test delivery is changing rapidly due to the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions about test center operations in accordance with government and local authorities. Please check this page often for frequent updates https://home.pearsonvue.com/coronavirus-update#scheduling-information"
March 16, 2020 – Pearson VUE-owned test centers announced today that it will be closed for 30-days (until April 16, 2020). The NBCRNA will work with all individuals who are currently scheduled to test during this period of test site closure. Exam eligibilities will be extended to ensure that this downtime (for Pearson) does not negatively impact any student’s eligibility to test in the future. The NBCRNA will continue to provide updates to this situation as we receive them. Any student or graduate that is impacted by this should send a message to Certification@NBCRNA.com including their name, the date of their appointment, and their contact information.
Important information on Test Delivery: Our test delivery partner, Pearson VUE, has set up a website to share information on health and safety measures being taken at test centers, test center operations, and requirements. We encourage you to review this information to learn more about considerations being taken at test centers both nationally and at a local level. Read Pearson VUE FAQs regarding rescheduling for candidates.
March 14, 2020 – The NBCRNA is aware of the number of continuing education meetings which have been cancelled or delayed recently due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We sincerely appreciate the implications these cancellations could have for actively certified CRNAs due to recertify in the coming months. The NBCRNA has engaged our staff in the process of investigating all options available in response to the COVID-19 crisis in an effort to address the concerns of practicing CRNAs in meeting the CPC Program requirements. In the process of determining a strategy moving forward, input from State Boards of Nursing, accrediting organizations, and other stakeholders will be evaluated before a final determination is made. The results of our deliberations regarding amendments to the CPC timeline will be communicated to all CRNAs, AANA members and non-members alike as soon as possible.
Thank you in advance for your patience as we work through the process of determining the best course of action.
March 10, 2020 - We are carefully monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak, communicating with our vendor partners, and developing contingency plans should our programs, exams or meetings be impacted. Our primary concern is for the health and well-being of our certificants, staff, and the public. NBCRNA is developing a plan in case of possible disruptions in business and future schedules. We will keep you informed of any updates and this website will be updated with any changes or notices.
For the latest updates, resources, and recommendations on COVID-19, we encourage you to refer to the CDC at cdc.gov. The site includes specific information for health care professionals and ongoing situation updates.
Resources for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Updates
As documented cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to increase around the world, NBCRNA offers the following information and resources:
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at https://www.cdc.gov
• Status updates and situation summary
• Information for Health care Professionals
• Information for Health care Facilities
World Health Organization (WHO) at https://www.who.int/
State Health Departments - Listing is available at https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/healthdepartments.html.
We wish you all good health and safety during this difficult and unprecedented time.