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As an actively practicing CRNA, you will take four Core Modules in each 4-year CPC Program cycle. But what exactly are Core Modules, and how do they help you stay current in your CRNA practice?

In this article, we will cover the basics of the Core Modules—what they are, their benefits to your practice, and where you can find providers who offer them.

What are Core Modules?

As a new requirement, there has been some confusion about what Core Modules are and how they support lifelong learning. Basically, Core Modules are a specialized type of Class A credit that focus on recently emerging information and evidence-based knowledge.

They cover the four core domains of nurse anesthesia practice – Airway Management, Applied Clinical Pharmacology, Human Physiology and Pathophysiology, and Anesthesia Equipment and Technology – and mirror the domains of knowledge for the CPC Assessment. However, Core Modules are not a CPCA study guide as they serve a very different purpose.

Core Modules are designed to deliver current, evidence-based information that affects clinical practice, a minimum of every four years. They cover information that is new or has emerged in each domain within the preceding five years of the publish date of that module. Core Modules include an assessment of some type, are prior-approved, and are offered by an approved provider.

When are Core Modules required?

Core Modules are optional in the first* 4-year CPC cycle but, are required in each 4-year cycle thereafter. You will need to complete one module in each of the four core knowledge areas in each 4-year CPC cycle.

Core Modules have both mandatory content and optional content. The optional information is typically historical or review information. To date, most Core Module providers have included that review information for two reasons: 1) nurse anesthetists have asked for a review, citing the desire to both learn newer information and review existing content; and 2) this inclusion also expands the size of the Core Module so you receive more CE credit. 

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Stay up-to-date - and earn Class A credit

Core Modules not only bring you current, evidence-based information – they also count as continuing education/Class A credit, provide a way for you to stay up-to-date in each of the four core domains of nurse anesthesia practice, and support your ongoing commitment to lifelong learning.

Whether you took Core Modules during your first 4-year cycle when they were optional or take them in a 4-year cycle when they are required, you can count those credits as part of your 60 Class A credit requirement when you apply to renew your credential at the 4-year mark.

Core Module providers

The NBCRNA does not produce Core Modules but rather provides a list of Learning Objectives that vendors must use as they prepare the content. The NBCRNA does not prepare or sell Core Modules, but the NBCRNA is involved in the review process to ensure the Core Module(s) meets the requirements.

Below you will find a list of CPC Program Core Module providers. As additional providers become available, NBCRNA will expand the list on the Core Module Providers website page.

AANA

The AANA offers four Core Modules, prior approved for Class A credit.

• Airway Management Techniques

• Anesthesia Equipment and Technology

• Applied Clinical Pharmacology

• Human Physiology and Pathophysiology


APEX Anesthesia Review

APEX Anesthesia Review offers four Core Modules, prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for Class A credit.

• Applied Clinical Pharmacology

• Airway Management Techniques

• Human Physiology and Pathophysiology

• Equipment and Technology

CRNA Education

CRNAeducation.com offers one Core Module, prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for Class A CE credits.

• Airway Management Techniques

CRNA Today

CRNA Today offers four Core Modules, prior approved by the American Association for Nurse Anesthetists for Class A credits.

• Airway Management Techniques

• Anesthesia Equipment and Technology

• Human Physiology and Pathophysiology

• Applied Clinical Pharmacology

New Jersey Association of Nurse Anesthetists

The New Jersey Association of Nurse Anesthetists (NJANA) offers one Core Module, prior approved by the American Association for Nurse Anesthetists for Class A credits.

• Equipment and Technology 

Summit Anesthesia Seminars

Summit Anesthesia Seminars offers one Core Module, prior approved by the American Association for Nurse Anesthetists for Class A credits.

• Airway Management Techniques 

TeamHealth

TeamHealth offers four Core Modules, prior approved by the American Association for Nurse Anesthetists for Class A credits.

• Airway Management Techniques

• Equipment and Technology

• Applied Clinical Pharmacology

• Human Physiology and Pathophysiology

Questions?

Learn more about Core Modules here. Still have questions about the CPC Program> Contact cpc@nbcrna.com

*Core Modules are optional for CPC cycles ending on or before July 31, 2021; required during each 4-year cycle thereafter.