CRNA Exam Eligibility: Required Academic & Clinical Evidence

Required Academic and Clinical Evidence for CRNA Exam Eligibility

As with any other medical examination, you must be prepared to showcase evidence to the NBCRNA to ensure you meet the minimum eligibility requirements. While your state may feature unique eligibility requirements, the majority of states follow the minimum requirements set forth by the NBCRNA for top CRNA schools in the US. If you’re interested in determining whether or not you meet the minimum eligibility requirements to take the CRNA examination, continue reading. The following information is accurate as of January 2015.

CRNA Academic Eligibility Requirements

Along with graduating from a COA-Accredited Nurse Anesthesia Educational Program, you should be prepared to also showcase evidence of successfully completing the Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support coursework. You should be prepared to demonstrate you’ve completed the following required educational hours:

  • Pharmacology of Anesthetic Agents and Related Courses – 105 Credit Hours (Minimum)
  • Anatomy, Pathophysiology and Physiology – 135 Credit Hours (Minimum)
  • Professional Aspects of Working as a CRNA – 45 Credit Hours (Minimum)
  • Basic and Advanced Anesthesia Principles – 105 Credit Hours (Minimum)
  • CRNA Research – 30 Credit Hours (Minimum)
  • Clinical Correlation Conferences – 45 Credit Hours (Minimum)
  • Three Graduate Level Courses In Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Health Assessment and Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

CRNA Clinical Experience Requirements

Along with successfully completed your educational (or classroom) requirements for CRNA schools, the NBCRNA also requires all aspiring test takers to complete a set number of clinical practice hours. The following list is only partial. To obtain a full list of clinical experience requirements, you should contact your local State Board of Nursing or refer to the NBCRNA Candidate Handbook, which features complete clinical experience requirements.

  • Anesthesia Cases – 550 Hours
  • Class III and IV Patients – 100 Hours
  • Geriatric Patients – 50 Hours
  • Pediatric Patients – 25 Hours
  • Trauma/Emergency Patients – 30 Hours
  • Ambulatory/Outpatient – 100 Hours
  • Obstetrical Management – 30 Hours

Variations of Minimum Requirements

It’s important to note that the minimum academic and clinical experience requirements vary based upon whether or not you’re being awarded a Doctoral Degree or if you’ve had varied work experience, such as military Registered Nurse experience.

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