CPC Core Modules

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APEX helps busy CRNAs knock out their CPC Core Modules.

Our modules are officially recognized by the NBCRNA and approved by the AANA.

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Clinically relevant, engaging, easy to use.


Better education leads to better patient care, but we understand that setting aside time for the CPC Core Modules feels like a chore.
APEX makes it easy with bite-size lessons so you can learn whenever and wherever you want.




Finish your CPC Core Modules in 3 easy steps,
so you can get back to doing the things you love.

Step 1: Sign Up

Get instant access to all 4 CPC Core Modules required by the NBCRNA.

Step 2: Learn

Choose how you learn with interactive video presentations, printable PDFs, and streaming audio.

Step 3: Earn

Core Module Bundle awards 23 Class A credits. Open book post-tests with 3 attempts to pass.

Designed with you in mind.

  • Get the perfect balance of clinically relevant review material AND the latest evidence to improve your practice.
  • Learning comes alive with illustrations and animations created by our certified medical illustrator.
  • Improve your test-taking skills with over 100 practice CPC exam questions.
  • Dive deeper into the topics that interest you most with links to hundreds of articles and abstracts.
  • We’ll automatically report credits for all active AANA members.

Testimonials

William Howell, CRNA

“Wow! Another home run for the APEX team. I just finished the pharmacology module and the information presented was not only relevant, but the "myth buster" sections that look at old practice vs latest research was extremely useful. I've been out of school for almost 30 years, and I feel this has helped me get up to date and relevant. This module will change your practice.”

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CPC Core Module Bundle
$299

Core Module Bundle awards 23 Class A credits.

Get instant access to all 4 CPC Core Modules.

You’ll have 1 year to complete the courses.

Officially recognized by the NBCRNA.

Approved by the AANA.

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Have questions about the NBCRNA CPC Program?

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What's the purpose of the CPC Program?

The goal of the CPC program is to enhance your professional development. By staying up-to-date on current practice trends, CRNAs will continue to lead the way in delivering high-quality patient care.

The CPC Program focuses on 4 domains of anesthesia knowledge:

  1. Airway management techniques
  2. Applied clinical pharmacology
  3. Human physiology & pathophysiology
  4. Anesthesia equipment & technology

What are the 4 C's of the CPC Program?

The CPC program spans an 8 year calendar that’s divided into two 4-year cycles.

The best way to understand the CPC program is to think of the 4 C’s:

  1. CPC Core Modules | 4 per 4-year cycle
  2. Class A credits | 60 per 4-year cycle
  3. Class B credits | 40 per 4-year cycle
  4. CPC Exam | 1 per 8-year cycle

The CPC Core Modules are a required part of the CPC Program starting in 2020/2021.

SRNAs who graduate in 2020 (and later) must complete the CPC Core Modules in their first 4-year cycle.

Where am I in the current CPC Program?

The CPC Program was introduced in 2016, which means CRNAs who graduated before this year started the first 4-year cycle in 2016 (even year) or 2017 (odd year).

The second 4-year cycle begins on 11/1/20 (even year) and 8/1/20 (odd year).

If you graduated in or after 2016:

  • Your first 4-year cycle begins when you pass the NCE (initial certification).
  • Your second 4-year cycle begins 4 years later on the 1st of the month after your initial certification.

What's the purpose of the CPC Core Modules?

The goal of the CPC Core Modules is to keep your clinical practice up-to-date by providing you with the current evidence-based practice trends.

The CPC Core Modules align with the 4 domains of anesthesia practice:

  1. Airway management techniques
  2. Applied clinical pharmacology
  3. Human physiology & pathophysiology
  4. Anesthesia equipment & technology

The CPC Core Modules also count towards your Class A credit requirement. So, if you complete modules with more Class A credits, you’ll have to spend less money earning credits elsewhere. That’s why APEX gives you 23 Class A credits, which gives you over 1/3 of all the Class A credits you’ll need for your 4-year cycle!

Not all modules are created equally! The quality, content, and credit hours associated with the CPC Core Modules are determined by each vendor.

This is important – the NBCRNA must officially recognize the CPC Core Modules before a vendor may offer them for sale. Some vendors may offer Core Module “Prep,” but unless they’re officially recognized by the NBCRNA, then they are NOT the real modules.

Our CPC Core Modules are officially recognized by the NBCRNA and approved by the AANA for 23 Class A credits.

How do I earn Class A credits?

You must complete 60 Class A credits every 4-year cycle.

Class A credits must be approved by the AANA and include an assessment. Examples include:

  • Online courses
  • Conferences (live or virtual)
  • Webinars
  • Workshops

Extra Class A credits (above 60) can be applied to your Class B requirement (but not the other way around).

How do I earn Class B credits?

You must complete 40 Class B credits every 4-year cycle.

Class B credits must be approved by the AANA and include an assessment. Examples include:

  • Precepting students
  • Conducting research
  • Teaching

Extra Class A credits (above 60) can be applied to your Class B requirement (but not the other way around).

What do I need to know about the CPC Exam?

The CPC exam covers the four domains of nurse anesthesia practice:

  1. Airway management techniques
  2. Applied clinical pharmacology
  3. Human physiology & pathophysiology
  4. Anesthesia equipment & technology

You’ll take the exam every 8 years (during the second 4-year cycle).

You’ll have 3 hours to answer 150 test questions.

The exam is NOT pass/fail, and your certification will not be affected by your results. It’s important to understand that some credentialing applications ask if you’ve ever failed a certification or re-certification exam. For this reason, it’s in your best interest to you do the necessary preparation to pass the CPC exam.

If you don’t meet the passing standard in any domain, you must complete additional CE content in those domains.

Will APEX report my Class A credits to the AANA?

Yes! If you’re an active AANA member, we’ll report your credits directly to the AANA.

If you’re not an active AANA member, you can print your certificate from our website and send it to the NBCRNA.

How do I access the course content?

You can use your computer, tablet, and smartphone. Because APEX is web-based, you can start on one device and pick up where you left off on another. You can consume the content as much as you’d like during your 1-year access period.

Additionally, you can choose the format that’s best for you.

  1. Watch the interactive video presentation.
  2. Stream the audio on our website, so you can listen on the go.
  3. Print the PDF file, so you can take notes as you follow along or learn when you’re away from your device.

We support Apple, Android, and Windows devices.

We support the following browsers:

  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Firefox
  • Microsoft Edge

*APEX cannot be used on e-readers or Kindle Fire. Additionally, we don’t fully support Android LG devices.

Is APEX Anesthesia CRNA owned and operated?

Yes! APEX is owned and operated by CRNAs who care about other CRNAs.

We’ve helped thousands of CRNAs with continuing education. We can help you too.

Does APEX offer other CRNA continuing education courses?

We make CRNA continuing education easy by giving you everything you need to recertify in one place.

Our online courses include:

  • CPC Core Module Bundle
  • Back to Basics Review for CRNAs
  • Clinical Updates Journal Course
  • All-Inclusive Bundle (includes 108 Class A credits)

Learn more about our online courses at www.apexanesthesia.com/crna

Looking for a CRNA conference? Check out www.apexlive.com to learn more about our in-person CPC Exam review courses.

Will the CPC Core Modules prepare me for the CPC Exam?

Although the CPC Core Modules are linked to the content outline for the CPC exam, there may be content on the exam not covered by the modules.

If you’re interested in a more in-depth review course for CRNAs, check out our Back to Basics course at www.apexanesthesia.com/crna.

Do you offer group discounts?

Yes! Discounts begin for groups of 5 or more.

We also provide institutional discounts to larger practices.

Please email us with the size of your group for details on group discounts.