Follow These 5 Steps To Become A CRNA

A Nurse anesthetist is considered to be a highly qualified and advanced specialty in nursing. This particular kind of APRN (advanced practice registered nurse) is taught and certified to administer anesthesia to patients.

These specialists play a key role within a number of healthcare settings, collect competitive salaries, and are always in demand in the US. For these and other reasons, this appears to be a remarkable period to pick a career in nursing - a very lucrative profession as a Nurse Anesthetist. 

To get started on this journey, you need to know what is required from a CRNA, and register as a nurse with your BSc. certificate. You also need to earn an MSc. in Nursing, clear your National Certification Examination papers, and launch into the global workforce as a Nurse Anesthetist. 

Responsibilities of a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

  • The major responsibility of a Nurse anesthetist is to offer necessary treatment to patients who want to manage body pains via safe administration of anesthetics. 
  • If the patient opts for a surgical process to treat his or her pain, the nurse will coordinate the anesthesia process, monitor key signals from the patient, and offer critical care after the surgery. 
  • The day-to-day duties of a nurse anesthetist can range from administering and preparing general, local, and regional anesthesia, to checking the medical history of patients, watching for key signals, and educating patients on the likely risks and side effects of medications.
  • They also build custom anesthetic plans and respond to emergency situations quickly to offer life support and medication. 

Aside from the responsibilities above, a CRNA can carry out their main job requirements while taking up administrative tasks. They may play key roles in legislating financial decisions for their departments like keeping an inventory of medical items needed to care for patients. 

A few of these specialists educate medical personnel or be among the board members of a nursing board. 

What Does it Take to Become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist?

Since the profession requires a significant level of attention to detail and independent decision-making, a nurse can begin her career by getting sound education and requisite experience before launching into the profession. 

Take these steps to become a CRNA (Certified registered nurse anesthetist):

Obtain a BSc. Science in Nursing

Getting your bachelor’s degree in nursing is the first step toward starting your career as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. The undergraduate course is often completed within 4 years but if you have an associate degree or diploma in nursing, you may spend fewer years on the program. 

Make sure you maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 while undergoing your BSN. This is necessary because your grade will be considered when applying for any CRNA program later on. 

Get State licensure as a Registered Nurse 

State licensure is an important requirement during your bachelor's program. If you aren't licensed as a Registered Nurse, make sure you obtain this license. To get the license, you have to pass the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses) examination.

You can go to the state where you want to practice nursing to take the exam to become acquainted with the requirements for renewal and initial licensing. 

Get practical experience in a healthcare setting

Look for a healthcare setting where you can enjoy hands-on application of your practice for a year. A program in acute care normally lasts for a year minimum. Among other experiences you will gain, you'd know how to titrate drips and manage artificial airways.

Other things you should do include:

  • Get a doctoral or master’s degree in nursing. 
  • Become a registered nurse. 


A CRNA program often lasts for 24 to 36 months. Here, you'd receive clinical and classroom work experience. Your coursework consists of an advanced curriculum in Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Anatomy, Physics, Chemistry, and Pathophysiology.   

The services of a CRNA will continue to be in high demand, and you are going to earn a lot of money on the job. 

A certificate alone won't make you fit as a Certified registered nurse anesthetist, so see to it that you get practical experience. 

May 12, 2023

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person
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