Resources For CRNA Board Prep


For the senior class members that will be graduating soon, board preparation is on everyones mind or else it should be. I have been doing a little searching around the web for resources for the nurse anesthetist board candidate and found a couple of interesting web sites. Listing these sites does not confer endorsement by me or anyone here. However, I think that checking these things out could prove helpful to you. Not everyone learns, studies or needs the same things. These various resources offer a range of products and services that if they suit your style then will help you to reach your goal of getting that Pass letter in the mail.

The first place to start is to narrow down your reading material. The large text books like Barash and Miller are great for general study and case preparation during your clinical years. When it comes down to the wire and time is getting pinched look for other reading material to help you prepare for boards. I suggest a couple of books. The Basics of Anesthesia, 5th ed edited by Stoelting and Miller is a great start as well as Morgan and Mikhail. Anesthesia Reivew by Faust is really top notch as well as the question and answer books like Anesthesia Secrets. Two books that I feel really are essential are Anesthesia and Co-existing Diseases by Stoelting and Review of Medical Physiology by Ganong. What I suggest is to read these two texts again during the last 6 months of clinical rotations. There is an amazing amount of physiology on the board test as well as stuff found in the Co-existing book.

Other review material and courses are listed below that I have found.

Valley Anesthesia review is a long time standby for board prep offering both review courses and valuable study material. Highly recommended.

Core Concepts Anesthesia Review On line course. I just ran into these folks the other day and they seem legitimate. I poked around their web site and found some interesting stuff like the Question of the Day. Recommend checking their service out.

Prodigy Anesthesia Review is an interesting web site presence. Like the Core Concepts place, here you can find pracitce exams that look very close to the real thing. Check them out and let me know what you think.

CRNA Secrets is another one that I need info on. Please check it out and let me know what you think of this guy!

Good luck and keep me informed about your progress.

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  1. Jenn says:

    I am taking the certification exam this weekend. I have used Prodigy and Core Concepts for both cert. exam preparation as well as the SEE (Self Eval. Exam) Core Concepts has a wonderful staff that are there to help through out the entire test taking process. I went through Valley briefly while studying for the SEE and found tips from the memory master helpful. By far Prodigy and Core Concepts seem to have helped the best. We will see if I pass the certifcation exam or not (keep your fingers crossed)

  2. texas71 says:

    Just wanted to share a new resource for CRNA’s that can be found at http://www.CRNAresource.com

    Please check it out for CRNA continuing education, CRNA jobs, and CRNA news.

    Currently, the site is promoting Dannemiller Memorial Foundation’s Annual CRNA Review and Hands On Workshop.

    For CRNA’s who would like to receive all 40 CE’s and an additional 5 pharmacology credits it is a great event. Best part is that you get to visit the Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX. Please share and pass along to your colleagues and CRNA students. The event is December 1-7. You can RSVP on the site. I’ll be there! Nurseanesthetist.org is a great website!

  3. Susan says:

    Hi there,

    I have the CRNA Secrets books. They are basically a quick summary of everything you need to know about pharmacology, disease processes, etc. For example, there will be a header about Succinylcholine, then a paragraph about what you need to know. I think it is pretty helpful / it’s not like any of the other review books I have.

  4. Misty says:

    Would anyone be so kind to tell me what their experience with Core Concepts Anesthesia Review course was like? I am considering attending this course review. Valley Anesthesia doesn’t offer a review course date that I will be able to attend. I do have the sweat book and memory master books, however.

  5. David says:

    Core Concepts is an excellent resource for the SRNA. Highly recommended.

  6. David says:

    I used CRNABoardPrep.com and Miller
    and thought they were quite useful. I had no problem passing my exam.


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