How Do I Become a CRNA?

Before you apply to anesthesia school, you should know what you’re up against. Minimum requirements for becoming a CRNA student include the following:
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  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing or other appropriate baccalaureate degree (check with the school to which youre interested in applying).
  • A current license as a registered nurse (RN).
  • A minimum of one year of acute care experience as a registered nurse (RN).
  • Admission to an accredited nurse anesthesia education program (click here for interviews tips and click here for a list of accredited programs).

In order to, then, become a CRNA:

  • You must graduate from an accredited nurse anesthesia education program.
  • You must pass the national certifying examination following graduation.

In order to maintain your certification, you must:

  • Participate in a minimum of 40 hours of approved continuing education each two years.
  • Maintain substantial anesthesia practice.
  • Maintain current state licensure.
  • Certify that they have not developed any conditions that could adversely affect your ability to practice anesthesia.

Information obtained from AANA.com on 1/16/09