Coronavirus FAQs - For CRNAs
(see further below for FAQs for Students/Graduates)
Q: My program is closed; how can I get a copy of my anesthesia school transcript while the NBCRNA offices are also closed?
A: The NBCRNA provides program completion information for nurse anesthesia programs that are permanently closed.
If there is no official keeper of records for your closed program, we can process your request electronically. To make a request, please visit the NBCRNA website and follow these steps:
- Login to your portal
- Select Requests from the menu
- Select Transcript Request
- Click on Add to Cart
- Click on Checkout
- Enter your information under Billing Information
- Enter recipient’s email address under Shipping Information
- Select Shipping Method
- Choose USPS
Q: I retired four years ago and allowed my certification to lapse. I kept my RN license, but I have not worked since my retirement. With the current pandemic, I think my skills may be needed and I may either work or volunteer, if needed. What would I need to do to reactivate my nurse anesthesia certification?
A: Since your CRNA credential has expired, you would need to meet the requirements for CPC Compliance and pay all fees to renew the credential. If you chose not to renew your CRNA credential and still maintain a valid RN license in your state, you would be able to continue working as an RN.
Q: I am confused about the new requirements regarding the Core Modules. Am I required to complete the four Core Modules before I recertify in July or does that requirement begin after I renew my certification for this first 4-year cycle and begin my next/second 4-year cycle?
A: Core Modules are accepted, but not required, in the current, first 4-year cycle. Should you choose to complete them in this cycle, they will count toward your required 60 Class A credits. To earn Class A credit for any Core Module, they must be earned through recognized and approved Core Module providers. CE credits are due every four (4) years and do not rollover from one cycle to the next. For a list of recognized and approved Core Module providers, view the Core Module Providers page.
Q: I have heard the testing centers are closed. How can I take the CPCA for my credential renewal before the July 31, 2020 deadline?
A: The CPC Assessment (CPCA) is not a requirement for CRNA credential renewal in 2020. It is required during the second 4-year cycle.
Q: The conferences I had signed up for have cancelled. How can I meet my CE requirements before the July 31, 2020 deadline?
A: The NBCRNA has clearly heard CRNAs' concerns about their loss of educational opportunities due to the COVID-19 crisis and the cancellation of face-to-face learning/meetings. Therefore, the NBCRNA has extended the deadline to complete all CPC Application requirements by four additional months—to November 30, 2020. Your credits will be accepted with your CPC Application beginning April 14, 2020, now through November 30, 2020 instead of July 31, 2020. This extension applies to both Class A credits and Class B credits. No Core Modules are required in this first 4-year CPC cycle (though they also count as Class A credits if you’ve taken them). If you need additional guidance regarding Class B credits, please review the Class B Activities Table to help you determine which activities you have been involved in that count towards your Class B credit requirement.
Q: Where can I get the necessary credits to meet my renewal requirements?
A: The NBCRNA is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and the NBCRNA website will be updated with any changes or notices. Besides attending conferences and workshops to earn Class A credits, CRNAs also have the option of taking online courses through a wide variety of providers who offer Class A credits. View a list of providers here.
Q: My current certification expires on July 31, 2020, and I received NBCRNA’s notice regarding the certification renewal deadline extension to November 30, 2020. If I have not submitted my application by July 31, 2020, will my current certification be automatically extended to November 30, 2020, and will the extended certification expiration date be reflected on my certification card and on NBCRNA’s credential verification site?
A: If you are due to renew your credential by July 31, 2020, but have not done so by July 1, 2020, the NBCRNA will extend your current credential to November 30, 2020, to ensure that there is no lapse in certification. However, please be aware that you must renew your credential by November 30, 2020 – there will be no additional extensions in certification.
Q: My current certification is due to expire on July 31, 2020. If my application is submitted and approved after that date, but prior to November 30, how will my certification effective and expiration dates be determined?
A: If your application for CPC compliance is approved after July 31, 2020, but on or before November 30, 2020, your continued certification effective and expiration dates will remain in cycle – effective August 1, 2020 through July 31, 2024.
Q: If I apply for and am approved for continued certification before the extended deadline of November 30, 2020, let’s say I renew on November 11, 2020, what is my CE earning period for the next certification cycle? Will it be retroactive to August 1, 2020 or will it be November 11/the day my application was approved?
A: No, your CE earning period for the next CPC cycle will not be retroactive to August 1, 2020. The date you may start to earn credits for the next CPC cycle will be determined by the date your current application is approved. For example, if you are approved for continued certification on November 11, 2020, you may begin earning CE credits towards your next CPC compliance cycle on November 12, 2020.
Q: I am due to renew my credential by August 31, 2020. Does the November 30, 2020 extension for renewal apply to me?
A: Yes, the November 30, 2020, extension applies to those individuals who are due for credential renewal between July 31 and November 30, 2020.
COVID-19 FAQs - For Students/Graduates
Q I already had an appointment scheduled to take my exam. Now what?
Q I am currently eligible to test for the SEE, but it expires soon. What do I do?If you have a current testing eligibility that expires in the near future, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an extension of your eligibility end date. Provide your full name, ID, and exam type. We will extend the eligibility so you can make an exam appointment with Pearson VUE.
Q How do I reschedule my Exam?
Exam rescheduling is managed through Pearson VUE, please contact them regarding scheduling or rescheduling of exam appointments.
Q Are there any testing alternatives?
The NBCRNA is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC). An important aspect of earning and maintaining our accreditation is the identification of our test delivery methods and our demonstration of the security, reliability and validity of these modalities for all our products. The NCE and SEE are unique as they utilize Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) and require especially sophisticated delivery systems that not all testing vendors can accommodate. Again, while no immediate substitutes are available, and sudden changes in our delivery methods and vendors are not possible or in the best interest of our candidates, we are committed to ongoing assessment of all valid alternatives for our exam delivery.
Q I will complete my nurse anesthesia program soon and am concerned that I will not be able to schedule an appointment to take the NCE. Can I make an appointment prior to graduation?Students are not able to make future NCE appointments prior to program completion. Completion of a COA-accredited program is required to be eligible to take the NCE. The NCE eligibility notice is necessary to make an appointment to take the NCE at a Pearson VUE testing center.
Q My testing window of four attempts in the first year following graduation is about to close. Will I be granted additional testing attempts since Pearson VUE is shut down?Pearson VUE testing centers are operating selected sites with a limited capacity. We are aware of the impact these limitations are having on our candidates’ ability to test. We will be evaluating each person that has been delayed on a case-by-case basis. Consideration will be given to the length of time the centers are closed relative to an individual’s testing cycle. The intent will be for no time to be lost because of the Pearson VUE closure.