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The mission of the NBCRNA is to promote patient safety through credentialing programs that support lifelong learning. The NBCRNA's staff in conjunction with board members - who are experts in the fields of anesthesia, surgery, training/education and testing - fulfill this mission by ensuring that nurse anesthetists meet rigorous standards to earn and maintain their certification. As a result, nurse anesthetists have a remarkable track record for safe practice.
National Certification Examination (NCE)
During the 12-month period between January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020, a total of 3,130 NCE exams were administered, with a pass rate (for first-time takers) of 85.2%; the pass rate is lower for repeat examinees. The total number certified during this time frame was 2,556. A list of the newly certified CRNAs by
Self-Evaluation Examinations (SEE)
A total of 4,450 SEE exams were administered during the 12-month period between January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020. See more information about the SEE on the SEE Resources page.
Total Number of Certificants
As of December 31, 2020, there were 55,653 CRNAs ("certificants"). CRNAs practice in every U.S. State and Province in every practice setting requiring anesthesia.
Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist (SRNA) Demographics
As of December 31, 2020, there were 3,090 new students enrolled. See other student demographics below.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) Demographics
During the 12-month period between January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020, more than 2,600 newly certified CRNAs entered the field. See other CRNA demographics below.