To become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, earn an undergraduate degree in nursing or a related field, hold a valid Registered Nurse state license, and work in an acute care environment. Aspiring CRNAs must complete an accredited CRNA training program and subsequent national examination to obtain a CRNA license.Continue Reading
Enroll and graduate from an undergraduate degree program in nursing or a related field.
After successfully completing your degree program, apply for and pass the Registered Nurse license examination overseen by your state board of nursing. Because RN license requirements vary by state, contact your local board of nursing for eligibility and licensing requirements.
Upon gaining an RN license, secure work in an acute care facility, such as in a hospital emergency room or ICU department.
After you've worked a minimum of one year in an acute care environment, enroll in a training program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.
Upon successful completion of an accredited nurse anesthesia training program, take and pass the national certification examination offered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists.
Submit an application for a CRNA license with your state board of licensing. Be prepared to provide information such as training programs, examination scores and a current RN license number. Pay the licensing fee.
All states require licensed CRNAs to complete a set amount of continuing education hours to qualify for license renewal. Contact your state board of nursing for specific CE requirements.