CPAN® and CAPA® Certification:
Nursing Passion in Action®

The American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification, Inc. (ABPANC) is responsible for developing, sponsoring and managing the CPAN and CAPA nursing certification programs. These national professional certification programs are designed for registered nurses caring for patients who have experienced sedation, analgesia and anesthesia in a hospital or ambulatory care facility.

Congratulations to Our 2017 ABPANC Certification Achievement Award Recipients
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Join an elite group of experienced nursing colleagues who collectively serve to promote quality patient care.



Maintain your CPAN or CAPA certification with knowledge of the most current best practices.



Find study tools, award and scholarship information, volunteer opportunities, plus tips for promoting certification.


CPAN® and CAPA® are nationally accredited and recognized credentials that validate your specialized knowledge as a Perianesthesia nurse.

"My Certification Story"

Read the stories of nurses who have completed their CPAN or CAPA certification.

The Benefits of CPAN® and CAPA® Certification

Join an elite group of experienced nursing colleagues who collectively serve to promote quality patient care while enhancing the awareness and respect of Perianesthesia Nursing.

  • Reflects commitment to perianesthesia nursing and quality patient care
  • Increased professional credibility with patients and their loved ones
  • Validation of current knowledge, experience and commitment to life-long learning
  • Strong sense of achievement, personal pride and increased self esteem
  • Gives a competitive edge in the job market


Test your knowledge with our new CPAN and CAPA Study Questions of the Week! Check back next Wednesday for the answer or subscribe for weekly emails.

CPAN Question of the Week

An unresponsive 25 kg patient arrives to PACU after an emergency appendectomy. Anesthetic agents received in the OR include sevoflurane, morphine, and rocuronium. Vitals on arrival are BP=100/72, HR=125, RR=26, T=37° C (99.1°F), SaO2=95%. After 10 minutes, the temperature increases to 38.6° C (101.5 °F) with generalized trunk rigidity, and premature ventricular contraction. The perianesthesia nurse suspects that the patient is exhibiting signs of:

CHOOSE ANSWER and see previous Q&A
CAPA Question of the Week

Patient anxiety over perceived loss of privacy and dignity in the PACU can be minimized by:

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ABPANC Certification Achievement Award

Recognizing perianesthesia units that have 75% or greater of eligible nurses CPAN and/or CAPA certified.

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Read the Public's Perspective

A quarterly column written by ABPANC’s Public Board Member about the value of nursing certification.

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As of July 11, 2016, ABPANC has changed its testing vendor to PSI Services, LLC for the delivery of the CPAN and CAPA certification examinations.