2021 Benchmarking Study Results Published

July 2021 – Just published in the Journal of Nursing Regulation - Benchmarking Study on Continuing Certification in Healthcare and Allied Health Fields: Program Variables, Commonalities, and Trends. Read here.

  • The purpose of this project to determine if the NBCRNA CPC Program is supported by evidence and is consistent with continuing certification requirements of other organizations.
  • Findings indicate that the CPC Program requirements are consistent with other APRN and American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) boards continuing certification programs. A majority of ABMS member boards have transitioned away from the 10-year high stakes recertification examination to longitudinal assessments to assess the knowledge, judgment, and skills of their diplomates. 
  • The NBCRNA was able to use elements of the data collected to evaluate components of the CPC program and make refinements based on best practices utilized by other certifying organizations, such as removal of the pass/fail requirement from the NBCRNA’s CPC Assessment in 2019 and is currently exploring the use of longitudinal assessments as an alternative to the CPC Assessment.

2021 – Published Study Confirms Validity of CPC Assessment

  • NBCRNA Testing Department Staff and volunteers in 2019 completed a professional practice analysis of the revised content outline for the CPC Assessment. A representative sample of CRNA subject matter experts developed 40 knowledge statements which were then evaluated for level of importance through a survey sent to over 52,000 CRNA credential holders. Over 8,000 CRNAs responded, and their results confirmed that these 40 knowledge statements represented core knowledge needed by their peer nurse anesthetists in clinical practice.

2020 – Results of Self Evaluation Examination (SEE) Predictability Study

  • July 2020 - A research team led by Dr. Vickie, Goode, PhD, CRNA examined SEE and National Certification Examination (NCE) scores, applicant, and program characteristics from 2016 to 2018. Total SEE score was the single most important predictor of success, with higher scores associated with higher NCE first-time pass-rate. For every 20-unit increase in total SEE score, there was a 2.40 increased in odds of passing the NCE on first attempt. Although age and days between SEE and NCE were significantly associated with NCE success, they did not have strong predictability of first-time pass-rate on the NCE. The length of time from graduation to taking the NCE was not predictive of first-time pass-rate. The authors recommend nurse anesthesia program administrators use the SEE score to develop plans of study for students who score below passing thresholds to increase the likelihood of passing the NCE.