Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How do I become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist?

Answer: In order to be a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) one must: graduate from a nurse anesthesia educational program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) or its predecessor; and pass the certification examination administered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists or its predecessor. For more information, such as the academic requirements of becoming a CRNA, see Qualifications and Capabilities.


Question: Where can I find a nurse anesthesia educational program near me in the United States?

Answer: The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) maintains a database of the current nurse anesthesia educational programs that are accredited throughout the U.S. You can access and search the database by state here: Accredited Programs


Question: How do I become a student member of AANA?

Answer: Only students who are currently enrolled in an accredited nurse anesthesia educational program may become associate members of AANA. Nurse anesthesia students will receive an email invitation to join as an AANA Associate Member, along with the request to create a profile on SRNA DualEnroll. If you do not receive your email invitation within 30 days of the start of your program, please follow up with your Program Administrator.