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With today's information overload, it's hard to know where to find current, accurate information. In this article, we will cover the top five facts about the Continued Professional Certification (CPC) Program that are most often inaccurately reported  so you have the correct information  as you continue towards credential renewal.

The Continued Professional Certification Assessment (CPCA) is NOT pass/fail

This CPCA is not a pass/fail assessment and DOES NOT impact your certification. The purpose of the CPCA is to assess your knowledge in the four core domains of nurse anesthesia practice:

  • Airway Management
  • Applied Clinical Pharmacology
  • Human Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • Anesthesia Equipment and Technology

Designed to provide feedback on your strengths and weaknesses in different knowledge areas--similar to a self-assessment, scores are measured against a defined performance standard to identify any areas where additional study is needed. 

NBCRNA DOES NOT produce Core Modules 

Core Modules provide an excellent way to keep up on recent, evidence-based information in the four core domains of nurse anesthesia practice.  They are a component of the CPC Program, but the NBCRNA does not produce Core Modules. Instead, they are produced by vendors and you can view the list of approved Core Module providers here.

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You CAN also use Core Modules for Class A credit

Core Modules also count as Class A credits, so they can be used towards the Class A credit requirement. In fact, Core Modules are a specialized type of Class A credit designed to help you stay current. Not only do they provide recent evidence-based information in an educational format, they avoid the typical lag time of waiting for the information to be published in textbooks. Learn more about how Core Modules work as Class A credits here.

Many Class B credits are EASY credits to earn

As one of the most flexible components of the CPC Program, many Class B credits are easy to earn. You can earn Class B credits through a wide range of professional activities that you are most likely already engaged in. Now, you can get credit for them. See the 20 activities that count as Class B credits and how you can earn them here.

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The CPCA is NOT like the NCE 

The CPCA and NCE (the "boards") do not have the same knowledge requirements. As part of their initial certification, CRNAs must take and pass the National Certification Examination (NCE), often referred to as "the boards." The goal of the NCE is to measure the knowledge, skill, and abilities necessary for entry-level nurse practitioners before entering the workforce.

Since the knowledge required of an experienced CRNA differs from that required of a new practitioner, the CPCA works instead to assess knowledge in the four core domains of nurse anesthesia practice:

  • Airway Management
  • Applied Clinical Pharmacology
  • Human Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • Anesthesia Equipment and Technology

Click on these links for more information on the NCE and CPCA.

Stay informed with the correct information!

To stay up-to-date with all the latest information on NBCRNA and the CPC Program, visit us at www.nbcrna.com. You can also download the CPC brochure or watch the 4-minute video that gives a complete overview of the CPC Program, requirements and timeline here