What types of procedures, techniques, and specialty practice are required to prepare students for entry into practice?

Both the 2004 Standards and PDS require that the nurse anesthesia clinical curriculum prepares the student for the full scope of current practice in a variety of work settings and requires a minimum of 600 clinical cases and 2000 clinical hours including a variety of procedures, techniques, and specialty practice (ref. 2004 Standards – Standard III, Criterion C18 and PDS Standard E.2.3, as well as the Appendices of the Standards). The case requirements defined in the Appendices of the 2004 and PDS Standards identify mandatory minimums as well as preferred case numbers. While all students must meet the minimum case requirements in order to be eligible for the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) National Certification Examination, normally students exceed the minimums in various categories during their clinical rotations.