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FAQs about becoming a CRNA

What are Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs)?
Nurse anesthesia is an advanced clinical nursing specialty. As anesthesia specialists, CRNAs administer approximately 30 million anesthetics to patients in the United States each year.

How Does a Nurse become a CRNA? 
A nurse attends an accredited nurse anesthesia education program to receive an extensive education in anesthesia. Upon graduation, the nurse must pass a national certification exam to become a CRNA.


What are the Requirements for Admission to a Program? 
The requirements for admission are:

  • A bachelor's of science in nursing or another appropriate baccalaureate degree. (Each program determines "appropriate" degrees and "approved" programs.)
  • A license as a registered nurse.
  • A minimum of one year of acute care nursing experience. (Each program determines what constitutes "acute care" nursing.)

Are there Programs in Massachusetts?

There are two,Boston College and Northeastern University

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists has additional information on becoming a CRNA. 

more Calendar

8/9/2019 » 8/13/2019
AANA 2019 Annual Congress

10/4/2019 » 10/6/2019
NEANA Fall Meeting

Massachusetts Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Inc.

4 Lan Drive

Westford, MA 01886

Phone: 978 250-9847 | Fax: 978 250-1117

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