Become a CRNA

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.

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Be a Nurse. Be a Nurse Anesthetist.

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) would like elementary, high school, and college students to consider nursing and becoming Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) as a career choice. The nurse anesthesia profession needs and welcomes individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds to become CRNAs. Feel free to share this video.


AANA's Public Service Announcement: CRNAs: We'll Be Watching

Our History

Further Reading

Requirements to Practice as a Nurse Anesthetist in the United States

There is information on the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists (IFNA) website that is designed for the foreign nursing graduate and/or foreign nurse anesthesia graduate who desires to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) in the United States. Learn more.