Welcome, students! This page is dedicated to your needs and interests as you continue your training to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. Nurse anesthesia students are working hard to prepare to be leaders and competent care providers in a dynamic profession, and the NBCRNA wants to provide you with resources to help you on your path.
March 19, 2020 - As we navigate these uncertain times together, the NBCRNA understands that each of us are faced with unprecedented personal and professional challenges. This is compounded for program faculty and students by the added stress of navigating program completion and testing center closings for exams. While no immediate substitutes are available, we are committed to ongoing assessment of all valid alternatives for our exam delivery. In the meantime, the NBCRNA will continue to implement the Council on Accreditation (COA) academic and clinical requirements for NCE eligibility and will notify the affected CRNA community of any changes.
Our priority is the health and safety of testing candidates and the patients they serve. We want to provide information on the actions NBCRNA is taking in response to the COVID-19 outbreak specifically as it relates to testing center closures. This information will be updated periodically as new information is available.
Read frequently asked Student/Graduate questions below. Additional CRNA-related FAQs can be found here.
View the latest COVID-19-related updates and information on the NBCRNA Coronavirus Updates and Resources page.
NEW - US Military Base Testing Sites Now Available for SEE/NCE
NBCRNA Credentialing staff have been working with Pearson VUE representatives for several months to provide National Certification Examination (NCE) and Self-Evaluation Examination (SEE) testing access to active duty military at select US military base sites. Periodically, individuals have been deployed soon after completing their nurse anesthesia educational program. This has applied to both civilian students who have post-graduation commitments with the armed services as well as active duty service in our military programs. In these cases, the graduate may experience a significant delay post-deployment until they are able to take their NCE. On-base testing provides defense employees with the opportunity to conveniently test where they serve.
The on-base Pearson VUE test centers support these individuals to become CRNAs during service and to help diminish the delay, cost and interruption associated with arranging state-side testing, if that option is even available. The military channel went live on June 29 and can now support NCE testing needs at select US military bases in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific. This option is only available to active duty military with valid government ID and authorization to enter the base.
In light of concerns with the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the COA has established a process to closely monitor COVID-19’s impact on nurse anesthesia programs. Find the latest COA statements and information here.
National Certification Examination (NCE)
The purpose of the National Certification Examination (NCE) is to assess the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for entry-level nurse anesthesia practitioners. To enhance the ability of the NCE to assess entry-level competency in the field of nurse anesthesia, the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) has been adding alternative question formats to the NCE.
A candidate who holds "certification eligible" status with the NBCRNA has successfully completed an accredited nurse anesthesia educational program and has been granted eligibility status to take the NCE by the NBCRNA.
Self Evaluation Examination (SEE)
The Self-Evaluation Examination (SEE) has been a valuable tool for both students and education providers to gauge progress in the education program, assess knowledge of anesthesia practice, and to prepare students for the National Certification Examination (NCE) experience.
The NBCRNA has developed an exam tutorial with the purpose of helping examinees with interactive examples of the five question formats contained within the NCE and SEE. This tutorial contains a total of 20 sample items that depict generally how the questions will look in the exam administration software, as well as basic instructions for responding to each question type, and can be taken an unlimited number of times.
A 3-Minute Guide to the CPC Program Fundamentals
This short animation provides an overview of the key concepts of the CPC Program. It reviews some of the history of the changes to the NBCRNA's recertification program and outlines the components.