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Becoming a CRNA
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Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are master’s prepared advanced practice nurses who provide anesthetics to patients in every practice setting, and for every type of surgery or procedure.

Requirements can vary by state and include:

  • A Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) or other appropriate baccalaureate degree.
  • A current license as a registered nurse.
  • At least one year's experience in an acute care nursing setting.
  • Graduation from an accredited graduate school of nurse anesthesia. These educational programs range from 24-36 months, depending upon university requirements, and offer a master's degree.
  • Pass a national certification examination following graduation.

For additional resources on becoming a CRNA, click here to visit the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).


Interested in attending nurse anesthesia school?

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) provides the public with several ways to obtain information about each of the nation's 113 accredited nurse anesthesia programs across the country. Click here to gain knowledge regarding tuition costs, admittance requirements, class size, program length, curriculum and more.