Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesia - CRNA

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesia - CRNA

AnesthetistAnesthesia may be administered by a CRNA, Nurse Anesthetist, or an anesthesiologist (M.D.). Anesthesia is administered before, during, and after surgical and obstetrical procedures.

Career opportunities include outpatient surgery centers, hospitals, pain management clinics, physician clinics, emergency room offices, psychiatric institutions, or any other area where patients need freedom from pain. 

Anesthesia administration is an advanced practice which requires specialized education in anesthesiology.  It is an academically and clinically stimulating field which requires a keen knowledge and understanding of patient assessment, drug administration, pathophysiology, and emergency care.

According to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), it generally takes a minimum of seven years postsecondary education and experience to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are master’s prepared advanced practice nurses 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.

Earning Potential:  For full-time nurse anesthetists according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median national annual salary for CRNAs is $153,780.

For more information go to the national American Association of Nurse Anesthesia at