GANA | Anesthesia Care
GANA Become a CRNA


Become a part of the fastest-growing careers in the U.S. as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

The miracle of anesthesia made pain-free surgery a reality. Nurse anesthetists, the first healthcare providers dedicated to the specialty of anesthesia, have their roots in the 1800s when nurses first gave anesthesia to wounded soldiers on the battlefields of the Civil War.

Today, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are advanced practice registered nurses with graduate-level education who enjoy a high degree of autonomy and professional respect. CRNAs provide anesthetics to patients in every practice setting, and for every type of surgery or procedure. They are the sole anesthesia providers in nearly all rural hospitals, and the main provider of anesthesia to the men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.


The education and experience required to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) include:

  • A baccalaureate or graduate degree in nursing or an appropriate major.
  • An unencumbered license as a registered professional nurse and/or APRN in the United States or its territories.
  • Graduation with a minimum of a master’s degree from a nurse anesthesia educational program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). As of August 2022, there were 128 accredited nurse anesthesia programs in the United States using more than 2,100 active clinical sites; 46 nurse anesthesia programs are approved to award doctoral degrees for entry into practice. Nurse anesthesia programs are 42 months, depending on university requirements. Programs include clinical settings and experiences.
  • Pass the National Certification Examination following graduation.

It takes a minimum of seven calendar years of education and experience to prepare a CRNA. More than 2,400 student registered nurse anesthetists graduate each year and go on to pass the National Certification Examination to become CRNAs.


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