Nurse Anesthetist

A nurse anesthetist must be certified as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), which requires at least a master's degree and passing a national certification examination. Read on to learn about the educational and career options in this fast growing field.

Inside Advanced Practice Nursing: Nurse Anesthetist

A nurse anesthetist is an advanced practice registered nurse who is certified to administer anesthesia. In addition to giving anesthesia-related care, a nurse anesthetist administers pain management and emergency aid, including airway management. CRNAs are the only providers of anesthesia in more than two-thirds of U.S. rural hospitals, according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (

Nurse anesthetists require specialized academic programs and may have a variety of career opportunities. has information on degree programs, career paths and online options to help you achieve your education goals.

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