CPC Assessment Structure and Purpose

The CPC Assessment will assess knowledge in the four core domains of nurse anesthesia practice. The domains and the corresponding weighted percentages on the CPC Assessment are as follows: 

  1. Airway Management (34%)
  2. Ap​plied Clinical Pharmacology (24%)
  3. Physiology and Pathophysiology (24%)
  4. Anesthesia Equipment and Technology (18%)

CPC Assessment Content Outline

The CPC Assessment

Nurse anesthetists who are initially certified prior to January 1, 2020:

The CPC Assessment is not pass/fail, but rather a performance standard assessment. Its purpose is simply to identify potential areas where a CRNA may need additional education. CRNAs will maintain their certification, even if they do not meet the performance standard, provided that they complete additional focused continuing education in any area where the performance standard is not met. In February 2019, the NBCRNA announced the removal of the pass/fail requirement for the CPC Assessment.

Cost for the CPC Assessment

The CPC Program was designed to evolve as new technologies and information that may benefit the program become available. Although it is difficult to precisely speculate about costs that are several years away, the NBCRNA expects to have a cost estimate for the CPCA well ahead of its 2020 launch. (Note: this first CPC Assessment may be taken in the 4-year cycle beginning in 2020 through 2024/2025).

Preparing for the CPC Assessment

To assist nurse anesthetists in preparing for the CPC Assessment, the NBCRNA publishes a CPC Assessment content outline and a list of references used to develop the CPC Assessment items. In addition, sample assessment questions have been developed to help familiarize nurse anesthetists with computer-administered assessments. These sample questions are  part of CPCA Practice.  Each nurse anesthetist is in the best position to determine what review methods may be necessary for him or her when preparing to sit for the CPC Assessment.

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