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Welcome to MANA!

Congratulations on starting your journey to becoming a CRNA! We know this is a long and challenging process and we, the board of MANA look forward to getting to know you and supporting you during this process. CRNA is a rewarding profession and we are a small community. Please join AANA/MANA  in order to attend Board of Director meetings or join a committee, and/or register for the MANA Fall Conference as a Guest Professional so we can get to know you!

The MANA Board

How to Become a CRNA

Nurse Program

Students in a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (or Anesthesiology) program are referred to as SRNAs.

The minimum education and experience to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) include:

  • A baccalaureate or graduate degree in nursing or other appropriate major.
  • An unencumbered license as a registered professional nurse and/or APRN in the United States or its territories.
  • Critical care experience required prior to submitting application.

*Important note: This is the minimum education and experience required. Each program may have different admission requirements, important to carefully check each program’s admission requirements before applying.*

 You can learn more about becoming a CRNA on AANA's website .

CRNA Programs are accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).  All nurse anesthesia programs in the United States award either a masters or doctoral degree. As of January 1, 2022, all nurse anesthesia programs within the United States must award a doctoral degree for entry into practice for students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia program. 

Upon graduation from an accredited CRNA program, the student must pass the National Certification Examination (NCE) administered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA). Certification as a CRNA is maintained through the Continued Professional Certification (CPC) program by the NBCRNA. 

You can learn more about about CRNA Programs on the Council on Accreditation website.

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Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists

MANA’s Mission is to provide advocacy, education, and resources for CRNAs who deliver expert care for our communities.


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