TANA Members: Take advantage of this great new benefit of membership from your state association!
Now you can purchase the new AANA CPC Core Modules Bundle for just $220. That’s a $79 savings off the current AANA price of $299.
The Core Modules will be required for the first time as part of your second 4-year CPC cycle. For some CRNAs, the second cycle started in 2020, for others in 2021. Not sure when your second cycle starts? Find out at https://www.nbcrna.com/.
As a service to our members, TANA purchased 170 bundles (called “seats”) from AANA at a steep discount to save you money while raising funds to benefit the state association. Hats off to AANA for this win-win-win strategy!
Highlights of the Core Modules
- 4-part bundle covers topics required by the NBCRNA
- Automatic transmission of CE to the NBCRNA for AANA members
- Reference materials available for download
- Micro-learning scenarios can be completed in 5-15 minutes
- Up to 14 hours of online learning for Class A continuing education credit
- Formatted for PC, Mac, iOS and Android
Definition of CPC Core Modules
The NBCRNA defines Core Modules as specialized Class A credit “CE programs that address the four areas of anesthesia practice which apply to all CRNAs, regardless of practice focus: Airway Management; Applied Clinical Pharmacology; Human Physiology and Pathophysiology; and Anesthesia Equipment and Technology.” The Class A credits earned through completing Core Modules also count toward a CRNA’s Class A credit requirement.
For more information on CPC Core Modules go to www.nbcrna.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Go to https://www.nbcrna.com/continued-certification
- Hover over each part to find out more information.3. The site also has detailed information about each component of the 8-year CPC Program Timeline.
- Go to https://www.nbcrna.com
- Login --> Click on CPC Timeline.
- The CPC Timeline will be personalized to each CRNA’s recertification period.
- CPC CYCLE KEY DATES: Click on this tab to find out when the CPC cycle started, when the 2-Year Check-in application will be available and when the CPC cycle will end.
- CPC CYCLE: Click on this tab to find out the timeline for when Class A and B credits can be earned, when the CPC Core Modules and the CPC Assessment must be completed. The CRNA has 4 years to complete these tasks.
- 60 Class A credits (if the CRNA has more than 60 Class A credits, they can be used to help fulfill Class B credit requirements)
- 40 Class B credits (see this helpful Class B Table that delineates how many hours each Class B activity counts)
- Submit class B credits on the AANA website
- Login --> Click on CE Opportunities
- Click on Submit or Review Class B credits
- Add new entries
- 4 Core Modules (one from each of the four core knowledge areas required and counts as Class A credit)
- CPC Assessment
- Must be completed 6 months before the CRNA’s credential renewal deadline
- Can take up to 90 days to receive results
- TWO YEAR CHECK IN: Click on this tab to find out when the 2-year Check-In is required. During the 2-Year Check-in, the CRNA will:
- Validate state licensure
- Confirm continuing practice (NBCRNA does not set a minimum number of hours for the Check-in)
- Review progress toward CPC Program compliance
- Evidence of Class A and Class B credits is not required at the Check-in. The CRNA has another two years to meet the requirement.
- CPC APPLICATION: Click on this tab to find out when the CRNA can apply. Between the stated time period, the CRNA must renew certification and complete the CPC Compliance application, pay the four year CPC fee and must have earned everything listed under the CPC CYCLE tab.
- Applications open five months prior to the end of the CPC Cycle.
- Go to https://www.nbcrna.com/continued-certification/core-modules
- Brief overview:
- All CRNAs are REQUIRED to complete the CPC Core Modules each 4-year cycle. The Core Modules are a specialized type of Class A credit focused on evidence-based knowledge and recently emerging information.
- The CPC Core Modules address four core domains of nurse anesthesia practice:
- Airway management
- Clinical pharmacology
- Human physiology and pathophysiology
- Anesthesia equipment, technology and safety
- The CPC Core Modules include educational information and a formal assessment of knowledge. The Core Modules are not considered to be a CPC Assessment preparation tool. They count toward the CRNA’s required 60 Class A credits.
- If the CRNA is an AANA member, the Class A credits will automatically transfer to the NBCRNA once reported and cleared by the AANA.
- The NBCRNA does not provide CPC Core Modules for purchase, but several companies do. TANA offers the same CPC Core Modules the AANA does, but at a reduced cost of $220 (a $79 savings!). To purchase from TANA, go to https://www.tncrna.com/cpc-core-modules/
- Go to https://www.nbcrna.com/continued-certification/cpc-assessment
- Here is a brief overview:
- The CPC Assessment is REQUIRED of every CRNA during the second half of the 8-Year CPC Cycle.
- The CRNA must apply to take the CPC Assessment.
- Log onto the NBCRNA website à Click on CPC Timeline.
- Apply for the Assessment.
- Once approved, the CRNA can sign up for a testing window to take the Assessment.
- Testing Windows are only open during certain times: February, July and November.
- The Assessment must be completed at least 6 months prior to the end of the CPC Cycle.
- Results can take 90 days.
- If the CRNA is not proficient in one of the four testing areas, the CRNA must complete additional CEU’s related to that testing area prior to the end of the CPC Cycle.
- Although recommended, the mandatory CPC Core Modules are not required to be completed prior to taking the CPC Assessment. The CPC Core Modules must be completed prior to the end of the CPC Cycle.
- The CPC Assessment is 150 questions and the CRNA will have 3 hours to complete it.
- The cost of the CPC Assessment is $295 every eight years.
- The CPC Assessment is a self-assessment and is only taken once. It is intended to provide feedback and identify any areas where further remedial education is necessary. It is NOT a pass/fail exam. CRNAs who do not meet a set standard score in any of the four domains will be required to take at least one additional Class A credit focused on area(s) of weakness. The additional credits would be over the minimum 60 Class A credits and 100 total credits requirement and must be taken through an AANA approved Class A CE provider. The remedial credits must be completed after the exam result is delivered.
- Performance on the CPC Assessment will not affect the CRNA’s credential as long as the CRNA successfully completes remediation in any area(s) where the performance standard is not met. Failure to provide required remediation credits would result in non-renewal of the credential.
- The CPC Toolkit website has helpful resources, practice questions and other study resources.
- Other questions? Go to https://nbcrna.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/sections/4413156039707-CPCA-FAQs
Once the Core Modules become active in fall 2020 you will be eligible for up to 14 Class A credits which will be applied to your 4-year cycle after you take the test.