40 Class B credits are required per 4-year cycle
What are Class B Credits?
Class B credits are the most flexible component of the CPC Program. You can earn them through a wide range of professional activities that you are most likely already engaged in, but now get credit for them.
Class B Criteria
Unlike Class A credits, Class B credits do not require prior approval and do not require an assessment. They are activities that do at least one of the following:
- Enhances knowledge of anesthesia practice
- Supports patient safety
- Fosters understanding of the broader health care environment
Class B Credit Examples
- Morbidity and mortality conferences
- Research and data collection
- Mission trips
There are currently 20 activities that count as Class B credits. For additional ideas, credit values and details about what professional activity information needs to be collected and reported to the NBCRNA, see the Class B Credits Table (PDF). You will only be required to submit this information if you are audited, but documenting it as you go avoids having to do so later if an audit is required.
You can use extra Class A credits (over the required 60) to meet the Class B credit requirement.
If you do not see an activity you believe may qualify as a Class B activity, contact CPC@nbcrna.com to discuss whether that activity could be applied to the Class B requirement. The Class B Credits Table (PDF) includes optional templates you can use for each activity that specify what documentation is needed for each.
It is important to keep adequate records of your involvement in all professional activities you plan to use for Class B credit.
If you are an AANA member, you have access to an online portal through AANALearn to record and track your Class B credits and upload all supporting documentation.
If not, be sure to maintain your Class B credit activity records on your own to report them during your Credential Renewal every four years.
Additional Class B Resources
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).