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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

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

Annual Salary Range

$159,000 – $192,500


RN, CRNA, plus continuous education and recertification

Education Requirements


Prepared to get started on your goal of becoming a nurse anesthetist?