NBCRNA Certification

The mission of the NBCRNA is to promote patient safety through credentialing programs that support lifelong learning. The NBCRNA's staff in conjunction with board members - who are experts in the fields of anesthesia, surgery, training/education and testing - fulfill this mission by ensuring that nurse anesthetists meet rigorous standards to earn and maintain their certification. As a result, nurse anesthetists have a remarkable track record for safe practice.

National Certification Examination (NCE)

During the 12-month period between January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020, a total of 3,130 NCE exams were administered, with a pass rate (for first-time takers) of 85.2%; the pass rate is lower for repeat examinees. The total number certified during this time frame was 2,556. A list of the newly certified CRNAs by state of residence is published monthly here on the NBCRNA website. See more information about the NCE on the NCE Resources page.

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Self-Evaluation Examinations (SEE)

A total of 4,450 SEE exams were administered during the 12-month period between January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020. See more information about the SEE on the SEE Resources page.

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Total Number of Certificants

As of December 31, 2020, there were 55,653 CRNAs ("certificants"). A total of 2,556 new certificants entered the field during the 12-month period between January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020.


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CRNA and Student Demographics

As of December 31, 2019, there were 3,114 new students enrolled. See other demographics below.




Want to find out more about the Continued Professional Certification (CPC) Program? View videos, FAQs, and many more  resources, on the Continued Certification/CPC page.