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Practicing in New Jersey
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Frequently asked questions


Does New Jersey require graduation from a nurse anesthetist program? Does it have to be accredited?

Yes. To work in New Jersey as a CRNA, you must graduate from an accredited nurse anesthesia program. For more information about programs, policies and accreditation related information, please click here to visit the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) website.

Does New Jersey require an advanced degree?

Yes.  To work in New Jersey as a CRNA you must be recognized by the state as an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) with fulfillment of the educational requirements of an Advanced Practice Nurse as set forth by the New Jersey State Law.

To obtain more information regrading New Jersey specific practice act and rules, please click here to visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website.

Does New Jersey require nurse anesthetists to be certified? Does New Jersey require re-certification of nurse anesthetists?

Yes.  All New Jersey CRNA's must be certified and re-certified by a national certifying agency that is accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties and/or the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. 

Legislative and regulatory requirements

The New Jersey Board of Nursing (Division of Consumer Affairs) regulate nursing practice in New Jersey.  Click here for more information regarding the nursing laws and regulations, as well as guidelines for determining scope of nursing practice.

The Nurse Practice Act (NPA) guidelines and rules provide safe parameters within which to work, as well as protect patients from unprofessional and unsafe nursing practice.  Click here to access the Nurse Practice Act Toolkit.

For additional information regarding State Legislative and Regulatory Requirements, click here to visit the
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).

Licensing, Certification and Recertification