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NBCRNA-recognized Step Two Simulation Center

The Wake Forest School of Medicine Nurse Anesthesia Program is approved by the National Board of Certification and Re-certification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) as a provider for Stage 2 of the reentry process; simulation-based validation of skills. 

A Quality Simulation Experience

Wake Forest has been a leader in simulation-based education, with multiple simulation labs across our two campuses. We were a pioneer in multi-disciplinary simulation, with surgeons, SRNAs, and nurses all working together in simulation events.

Our state-of-the-art simulation center in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter provides a comfortable and professional environment for learning, training, practice, review, update, and validation.  Additionally our teaching and clinical skills labs provide for a rich and valuable educational experience.

Simulation-based NBCRNA Skills Validation

After completing Stage 1 (continuing education and passing the certification examination), reentry candidates go to a simulation site recognized by the NBCRNA to have their clinical skills validated in simulated patient care scenarios. This experience is not only a required portion of the reentry process, but it is a great confidence-builder for CRNAs who have been out of practice a few years.

Our NBCRNA-approved reentry process includes:


  • Introduction to simulation
  • Use of anesthesia machines
  • Environment to supporting participants’ success in completing Stage 2 requirements
  • Carefully-crafted scenarios which allow you to demonstrate the skills required for reentry to certification.

 Two-day Simulation Curriculum

Day 1

  • Program overview
  • Orientation to the simulation center
  • Simulation and debrief 5 scenarios

  Day 2

  • Review and clarify outstanding information from day 1 simulations
  • Required skills validation in simulation scenarios

 The required skills include critical events such as:

  • Bronchospasm
  • Desaturation
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Myocardial infarction under anesthesia
  • Unstable arrhythmias
  • Regional anesthesia
  • High spinal
  • Hypotension
  • Tachycardia
  • Bradycardia
  • Obstructed endotracheal tube
  • Hypertension


Continued Learning Options

Individuals wanting to brush up or learn new skills (outside of certification requirements) can work with faculty members to construct individual learning plans (additional fees apply) to hone skills such as:

  • Spinal and epidural insertion
  • Ultrasound guidance for regional anesthesia
  • Central line insertion



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Nurse Anesthesia Program

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(F) 336-716-1412


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Mailing Address 
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Nurse Anesthesia Program
525 Vine Street, Suite 230
Winston Salem, NC 27101  
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