Nurse Anesthetists

Learn How to Become a Nurse Anesthetist

A nurse anesthetist is an advanced practice registered nurse specially trained in administering anesthesia to patients. Such nurses are often called Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, or CRNAs. To become a CRNA, a nurse must have a graduate degree and be board certified in anesthesia.

Preparation Path

  • Get your BSN
  • Pass your NCLEX and become an RN
  • Work at least one year as an RN in an acute care setting
  • Get your MSN
  • Pass the NCE/become a CRNA

Annual Salary Range
$159,000 – 192,500

Typical Tasks

Administering anesthesia and related care before, during, and after surgery

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals (especially the OR and ER)
  • Outpatient facilities
  • Pain clinics
  • Physician’s offices
  • Military hospitals


RN, CRNA, plus continuous education and recertification

Education Requirements


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