Interpretive Guide and Annual Report Now Available

CHICAGO, September 23, 2020 - The National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) published the Calendar Year (CY) 2019 National Certification Examination (NCE) and Self-Evaluation Examination (SEE) Interpretive Guide and the NCE and SEE Annual Report documents. Program administrators, students, CRNAs and the public may access the documents on the NBCRNA website.

The information reported in the NCE and SEE Interpretive Guide is intended to assist Nurse Anesthesia Program Directors and students in interpreting the summary score reports for the NCE, the exam taken for entry into nurse anesthesia practice, and the SEE, occurring January 1 through December 31, 2019. To provide support while comparing NCE and SEE performance, the guide offers general information about the NCE and SEE scores and suggests a method to summarize the student performance within specific programs. The report further includes national summary statistics for first-time NCE takers, as well as national cumulative percentage tables of the overall SEE, a score summary and the content areas for all SEE takers.

The CY 2019 NCE and SEE Annual Report summarizes test taker performance on the NCE and the SEE and the NCE candidates’ clinical experience. The report includes the summary statistics of the NCE, and the pass/fail outcomes by the taker demographic background such as gender, age, clinical background, and type of graduate degree. Trend data over the past five years are also provided. Further, the NCE candidates’ satisfaction with test experience are reported by an analysis of candidates’ responses on a satisfaction survey administered at the end of the NCE. Additionally, descriptive statistics’ (e.g., mean, standard deviation) are provided for the number of cases performed in various clinical areas by students of nurse anesthesia educational programs who graduated in the reported year. There was no change to the NCE passing standard in CY 2019, while the Board of Directors reviewed the results of the 2017 standard setting study and voted to retain the standard that was last changed on January 1, 2014.

SEE performance is summarized in the report for the aggregated performance and by gender, age, clinical background, type of graduate degree, and year in program together with the recent five years’ trend data.