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Technical Standards

A CRNA provides perioperative anesthesia services to patients undergoing operative procedures as well as obstetric services. Care starts when the patient is admitted to the facility and continues until they are discharged. The CRNA must be able to:

  • Perform a physical assessment
  • Participate in preoperative teaching
  • Prepare for anesthetic management
  • Administer anesthesia techniques
  • Oversee recovery from anesthesia
  • Follow the patient’s postoperative course from recovery room to patient care unit or discharge

CRNAs provide services in conjunction with other healthcare professionals such as surgeons, dentists, podiatrists and anesthesiologists (

To perform these role-related competencies, a Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist (SRNA) or CRNA must possess abilities and skills that are observational, communicational, motor, intellectual-conceptual (integrative and quantitative) and behavioral and social. The use of a trained intermediary is not acceptable in many clinical situations in that it implies that the judgment of the trainee must be mediated by the powers of selection and observation of a third party.

  • Observation: The candidate must be able to acquire a defined level of required information as presented through demonstrations and experiences in the basic and applied clinical Furthermore, a candidate must be able to:
    • Observe a patient accurately, at a distance and close at Acquire information from written documents. Visualize information in images from paper, films, slides or video.
    • Interpret X-ray and other graphic images, and digital or analog representations of physiologic phenomena such as electrocadiograms.
      Such observation and information acquisition necessitates the functional use of visual, auditory and somatic sensation while being enhanced by the functional use of other sensory modalities. In any case where a candidate’s ability to observe or acquire information through these sensory modalities is compromised, the candidate must demonstrate alternative means and/or abilities to acquire and demonstrate the essential information conveyed in this fashion. If the alternatives are acceptable, it is expected that obtaining and using such alternative means and/or abilities shall be the responsibility of the student.
  • Communication: A candidate must be able to speak, hear and observe patients in order to elicit information and describe changes in affect or physiological A candidate must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and their families. Anesthesia providers have limited time to establish rapport with their patients, since most surgery is performed on a same-day admission or outpatient basis. Communication includes speech and writing. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written form with all members of the healthcare team.
  • Motor: A candidate must possess the motor skills to directly gather physical assessment data, g., palpation, percussion, auscultation and other diagnostic and therapeutic maneuvers, as well as basic laboratory tests. The candidate must be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general and emergency health care, including airway management, placement of venous access devices, performance of neuraxial and peripheral regional anesthesia blocks, stand for long periods of time and assist with movement of anesthetized patients. Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium and functional use of the senses of touch and vision.
  • Intellectual: The candidate must be able to rapidly measure, calculate, reason, analyze, integrate and synthesize clinical information, often in stressful The candidate must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures. Critical thinking necessary for effective clinical decision- making requires these intellectual and psychological skills.
  • Behavioral and Social Attributes: The candidate must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities related to anesthesia care and the development of effective relationships with patients and The candidate must be able to tolerate physically-taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress. The ability to adapt to changing environment, display flexibility and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in complex clinical situations is essential. Compassion, integrity, altruism, interpersonal skills, interest and motivation are all personal qualities that are assessed during the admissions and educational processes.

If you have any questions about these standards or other policies as they pertain to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact Beth Friedman, ADA Coordinator and Director, Academic Affairs at 847-578-8482 or email