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Steps to Become a CRNFA

The CRNFA credential demonstrates your professional achievement in providing proficient care to patients before, during and after surgery. 

CCI wants your CRNFA journey to be a successful one. With the right tools and guidance, you will be poised to prepare for, apply, and take the CRNFA exam. You don’t have to do this alone. We have prepared a step-by-step road map to guide you through the CRNFA process.

  1. Check Your Eligibility and Review Policies
  2. Graduate from an Acceptable RNFA Program
  3. Develop a Study Plan
  4. Sample Questions
  5. Review Deadlines and Fees
  6. Prepare for the CRNFA Exam
  7. Apply
  8. Schedule and Take the CRNFA Exam

Current CNORs

If you currently hold the CNOR credential and successfully pass the CRNFA exam, then you will hold both the CNOR and CRNFA credentials and may use both designations after your name, e.g., Jane Doe, MSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA. However, for operational purposes these credentials become merged, and you must only meet the CRNFA requirements to recertify both credentials. This is good news for CNORs. You hold two credentials for the price of one! 

Advanced Practice Nurses

If you are an advanced practice nurse certified in your specialty (CNS, NP, CNM, CRNA), you don't need to hold the CNOR credential before you take the CRNFA exam. However, there are additional eligibility requirements for you. Once you successfully pass the CRNFA exam, you will hold only the CRNFA credential, e.g., Jane Doe, MSN, RN, FNP, CRNFA. To maintain the CRNFA credential, advanced practice nurses must meet the CRNFA recertification requirements in effect at the time.