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What is covered on the CPC Assessment?

Because the CPCA focuses on clinical knowledge, rather than on the fine detail you needed to learn for your initial certification examination to become a CRNA, it is instead geared more toward the knowledge of the practicing CRNA. In fact, the content for the CPCA was developed from a national survey taken by a representative group of CRNAs, ensuring the knowledge covered is common to all CRNAs, regardless of practice focus.

There are four domains of knowledge of nurse anesthesia covered on the CPCA:

  • Airway Management
  • Applied Clinical Pharmacology
  • Applied Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • And, Anesthesia Equipment, Technology, and Safety

Check out the NBCRNA website, for the CPCA content outline, which tells you exactly which domains and topics are included on the Assessment.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the CPCA is $295 every eight years –that’s an annualized average of $37 a year.

When can I take the CPCA?

You can take it during any open testing window in your second 4-year cycle--up until 6 months before the END of that cycle.

Where can I take the CPCA?

You have two flexible options. You can either take the CPCA in the comfort of your own home or any other private, quiet, distraction-free location with good internet access. Your testing session will be monitored by a live remote proctor. The other option is to take the CPCA at a traditional testing center—it’s your choice.

What happens if I don’t meet the performance standard?

If the overall performance standard on the CPCA is met, nothing additional needs to be done above the regular requirements of the CPC Program.

If the overall performance standard is not met, NBCRNA will identify domain areas where remediation is needed.  A minimum of one additional Class A credit in each of those identified domains will need to be taken.

So, why does it need to be taken six months prior to the end of the cycle?  

By completing the CPCA within a minimum of six months prior to the end of your second 4-year CPC cycle, you will have plenty of time to earn any additional Class A credits that may be needed.

What do I need to know if I take the CPCA online at home?  

Planning to take the CPCA in the comfort of your own home? Watch these two short videos for a better understanding of how online proctoring will work and how you can prepare to take the CPCA at home. Want to print out the slides from the videos or see the Online Proctoring Checklist? Download the guides further below.

Deciding if Online Proctoring is Right for You

CPCA PPT- Deciding to take the CPCA v1

What to Expect on Testing Day

What to Expect on Test Day v1
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