Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) are registered
nurses (RNs) who have advanced education and clinical training in
anesthesiology. CRNAs work with anesthesiologists, surgeons, dentists, and
podiatrists in administering anesthesia during medical procedures.
A CRNA must graduate from a program accredited by the Council on
Accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and pass a
certification examination administered by the Council on Certification of Nurse
CRNAs are licensed by the states in which they practice.