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The ProgramPrep course is the product of the partnership between four CRNAs: Peter Strube, Matthew Zinder, Annette N Storm, and Michael Storm.
You will be guided by a team of CRNAs throughout your learning experience. This concierge experience may just be your ticket to becoming a CRNA.
The untimely and sad passing of Dr. Peter Strube on December 11, 2023 has left the rest of the team to continue Dr. Strube's legacy.
Peter and Matthew were very experienced tutors for nurse anesthesia residents who may feel they struggle didactically, clinically, or emotionally. Over the past 12 years Peter and Matthew have tutored more than 1,000 nurse anesthesia residents to successfully pass the National Certification Examination (NCE or boards). Michael brings his IT platform, online courses, and textbooks, as well as extensive work with nurse anesthesia students to the team. Annette has extensive experience with helping struggling nurse anesthesia residents succeed.
Our team consists of three CRNAs and one psychologist. Matthew have extensive faculty experience at CRNA programs. Our team has vast didactic, clinical,  and emotional experience with students and their struggles. 
When you sign up with our tutoring service you will be supported by not just a single person, but rather a team of experienced professionals.

What's included?

  • Concierge tutoring service by the full team
  • Concierge emotional and cognitive assessment with follow-up tutoring by Matthew Zinder
  • Concierge ongoing tutoring by Annette Storm and Michael Storm
  • 12 Video Modules
  • 149 Videos ~ 21 hours
  • 12 eBooks
  • Customized study guide
  • 453 graded questions
  • Over 40 exams (and growing) in the online courses
  • 12 Workbooks for download
  • Multiple downloadable documents written by Peter Strube on a plethora of anesthesia topics
  • 1165 Test-Yourself Questions
  • Access till you pass Boards
  • Printed  version of Storm Anesthesia Review Vol. I+II, which include additional chapters
  • Printed version of Physics & Chemistry for Nurse Anesthesia, which includes a chapter on chemistry

Easy Access till you pass Boards

The ProgramPrep online course is built on the existing online Storm Anesthesia Review course, which  is an expanded online version of the in-person review course Michael has taught since 2006. The ProgramPrep course is being actively developed to include Dr. Strube's extensive library of anesthesia documents.

Hundreds of nurse anesthesia residents have benefitted from our in-person review course. We now offer the expanded version online for easy access to all, and has specifically expanded the ProgramPrep course for ProgramPrep's nurse anesthesia residents. 

You will have full access until you pass Boards. As long as you are pursuing your dream of becoming a CRNA, we have your back.

Study on Your Time

No need to come to us - we allow you access to the full content of our Review Course on your computer, phone, or tablet—any device you own.
You can access all 12 modules on your computer, tablet, or phone.

You may download the extensive PDF Workbook for each module. These Workbooks contain all the slides and images and plenty of room for note-taking while you follow along in the videos.

Additionally, Dr. Strube created numerous documents on a multitude of anesthesia topics, which are now part of the ProgramPrep online course.

We provide a detailed Study Guide covering your final months before the NCE. We work together to create this guide to make sure it includes the text and material you have covered in depth and concluded are the most valuable for this final review.

Your choice.

Concierge Service

This course gives you full concierge tutoring service by a full team of CRNAs supported by a PhD educated psychologist. Matthew Zinder, MS, CH, CRNA has more than 5 years of experience tutoring struggling nurse anesthesia residents in successfully preparing for and passing Boards working alongside Dr. Peter Stube, DNAP, CRNA, MBA, FAANA. 

Matt brings his wealth of experience with the emotional and cognitive side of a successful nurse anesthesia journey. The emotional and cognitive aspects of being successful in nurse anesthesia school are often ignored. The focus on mindfulness by Matt is vital to your success. As you already have realized, being on top of your game is much more than studying the textbooks.

After the untimely death of Dr. Strube, Michael and Annette have continued the ongoing tutoring of each student through phone calls, emails, and texts. 

The team behind ProgramPrep will be there for you and your family for the entirety of the time until you pass the Board Exam.
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Joel's Personal Story

I had graduated from a doctorate program in nurse anesthesia. I had thought, "I know this stuff and I have been doing pretty good on Apex tests, and I've taken the review courses I think I'll pass."

I was wrong!

I didn't give the test the adequate respect it deserved and I didn't study like I should have. I continued this trend thinking I just needed a tiny boost or a trick to get to pass on my next two attempts.

This again did not work.

After my third failed attempt, I felt frustrated and embarrassed. However, I swallowed any pride I had and said, "I need help. Whatever I am doing is not working." I immediately booked the Apex review course and it helped a little bit but it wasn't what I needed. It's the final dash of salt on a completed dish. I needed to go back and read the ingredients again.

When I moved back to my hometown, my father asked if I could find a tutor. I hadn't really looked to be honest. We found Peter Strube and Matt Zinder and began to look at the testimonies they had. I knew I could get help and not be judged if I needed a little additional time.

Sadly with Peter Strube's passing, I was unsure of how I should continue until I spoke with Michael and Annette Storm. They were kind and honest with me. They suggested I take the time and get back to basics and learn the concepts so well that no matter what the question I could answer it. So I took the plunge! I went back to day one and read and studied every body system. This almost immediately starting increasing my testing scores and raising my confidence in my knowledge.

I struggled with ADHD and focusing on tasks that took long consistent effort. I was not helping myself by not setting a concrete plan. I had been "addressing my weaknesses" rather than learning or relearning the concepts. Michael and Annette helped form a study guide for me and allowed me to make the decisions on when I needed more or less time on a subject. They provided wonderful guidance and they believed in my ability to succeed. I took three months with them to go over the material and felt much more confident in going to sit down for the NCE for my fourth attempt.

I took my time on each question like we planned and I took my breaks like we planned. I was answering my 100th question and going to take a break when my exam ended. I had felt this feeling before and felt cautiously optimistic. This was either really good or really bad. I jumped for joy when I opened my paper to see PASS. I had kicked this exam's behind this time.

Michael and Annette were the first people I called after my parents. They were so happy for me and it showed their heart to me. I wasn't just another student or another number to them. I mattered to them and they worried for me, but they also believed in me. They helped me to pass the last hurdle I needed to move on in my career, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

Joel D. (2024)

Shelby's Personal Story

During my final year of CRNA school, my program required us to make a benchmark on the SEE exam. We had to make a 440 and we would not be able to take boards until we met that benchmark. I took my first SEE exam and made a 320. I thought that I just needed to get more serious for the next one and study a little harder and that I would be fine. I took the SEE for a second time a few months later and only made a 345. At that moment, I panicked and for the first time, I really started to worry if I would ever make that 440 benchmark. I talked to my program director, and he told me about Dr. Peter Strube, CRNA and his tutoring program. I reached out to Peter that day and he got back to me within 15 minutes. We got started the following week.

While in his tutoring program, he assigned me lots of Prodigy exams and material and also set me up with Dr. Michael Storm, CRNA and Annette Storm, CRNA who have an immense amount of tutoring material, books, questions, and videos of study material. Peter also incorporated Matthew Zinder, CRNA who teaches methods of meditation and hypnosis to help tame the stress of these exams as well. With this team, I had specific instructions, study material, goals, and positive affirmations to help me through this process.

After just one month of working with this tutoring service, my SEE score went from a 345 to a 433. Although I knew I would have to take the SEE another time to meet the 440 benchmark, an 88-point jump of my score proved to me that I was on the right track and that this service was working. Unfortunately, after taking the SEE and making a 433, Peter passed away very unexpectedly. This was definitely hard on me since Peter had been there from the beginning and was such a positive light on my situation. I am very blessed and fortunate to have known him. Fortunately, he had set me up with Dr. Michael and Annette Storm and with Matthew Zinder, so I still had a support system.

We got back to work studying and reaching my goals. With the help of the tutors, I passed the SEE benchmark and eventually went on to pass the NCE all within three months after graduation. If I could go back and tell myself anything, it would be to start using the tutoring service sooner. I wish I had started working with the program after my first SEE attempt. Both the SEE and the NCE are such humbling exams, and you don't have to do it alone. I would highly recommend reaching out and using this program! My only regret is not reaching out sooner!

Shelby B. (2024)

More Testimonials From Successful Residents - Now CRNAs

“Successfully passed the NCE exam, becoming a CRNA after overcoming challenges with work-study balance and testing anxiety. Referred to LTC Peter Strube, his guidance emphasized a full-time study schedule with meditation. LTC Strube tailored a plan that proved instrumental in my success. I highly recommend him as an outstanding tutor; attempting this task alone is unnecessary. With LTC Strube's help, success is attainable!”
“Choosing to work with Peter Strube was my most pivotal academic decision. His guidance, motivation, and a well-structured plan were instrumental in my success. In a time crunch, his consistent encouragement and positive attitude kept me focused. With his help, I passed my exam, and a significant stressor was lifted. I highly recommend Peter and his effective approach.”
“Today, the elation of passing my boards after numerous attempts is indescribable, thanks to Peter Strube. His board prep approach is unparalleled. After trying three review programs and facing multiple exam attempts, Peter's collaboration with Prodigy Review equipped me with the essential tools for success. I urge others to join sooner rather than later to avoid the grief and time I wasted. While the journey was challenging, following Peter's guidance is undeniably worthwhile. I only wish I had discovered him before my initial board attempt.”
"Peter’s Program was a life saver for me. I was having trouble passing my boards and had tried 4 times. Not only did he identify and bridge any gaps in knowledge, he helped me manage my severe test anxiety. I was able to pass my boards this attempt in 100 questions with his help! I highly recommend his program to anyone that is having trouble passing boards. He will stick with you and get you through this test!"
— K.J.
"I used Peter Strube's academic services/board prep prior to taking my NCE board exam. I found that after graduation I was feeling an enormous amount of stress over passing boards, so much so that I was finding it extremely difficult to focus and study. I read an email from our program director that listed Peter's services and contacted him and was very happy that I did. He directed me to someone who helped with stress reduction by daily meditation and hypnosis and they were both extremely effective in both minimizing my stress and visualizing me passing the NCE. Peter assessed my strengths and weaknesses and then designed a program based on what my needs were. He then gave me daily tests and I reviewed them and looked up the rationale in the textbooks and the structure of this kept me on track to not only learn material, but also retain what I had been previously studying. This was extremely effective in preparing my for the NCE and I passed the first time! I would highly recommend to use his services as he is not only a great coach but an amazing person too."
— J.M.
"After not passing my exam, I was frustrated, sad and my mind constantly told me that I could never achieve it, I did not feel like starting to study again, I did not know how to study and the method I used did not work for me. One day I received an email from the director of my anesthesia program about the tutor Peter and about his career and when I read his information I said: this tutor is my salvation. And it was the best decision I could make since Tutor Strube is an excellent teacher, works your weaknesses, constantly encourages you to keep positive thoughts and teaches you everything you need to know to pass the test on your next attempt. What impressed me most about Peter is that, despite my limitations because English is not my first language, he was very patient in teaching me and in slowly moving towards success. I would not have achieved it if it had not been for his help. Thank you, Tutor Peter, you are awesome!"
— V.C.

Ashley's Personal Story

Taking the NCE was the one last thing I had to complete before finally achieving my dream of becoming a CRNA. Feeling confident, after completing Apex once in my program and once by myself with their outlined four-week plan. I took a core concepts review course and read valley sweat book. I took the daunting test, and came out blindsided with the four letters you didn’t want to see, “FAIL”.    

Facing the devastation and building up the energy to re-focus, knowing I had to face this task again, I started looking for what changes I was going to make. Feeling lost in the ocean, alone, for all my friends were moving on with their lives from school. A week out I was blessed by an email from my school regarding a tutoring opportunity for the NCE. Reading about another students’ experience with Peter and his tutoring with combined meditation I felt this was immediately right for me.

I reached out to Peter that day and he immediately replied to me. After discussing his program, he quickly connected me with former students who used his program so I could discuss their stories. Feeling so alone, this was a huge weight off my shoulders talking to other students, now CRNA’s because of Peter. I reached out to Peter on a Thursday, by Saturday I decided the program was right for me and I was in full swing on Monday morning. Peter individualized exams for me daily with review content for those exams. The pressure and burden of trying to figure out what to study and where to start was taken away. He kept me accountable with daily check ins and introduced me into a world of relaxation tips.

Feeling defeated, depressed and embarrassed, part of peters program incorporates hypnosis and mediation. I had no idea how much this part would help the anxiety of taking the NCE again. This is when I was introduced to Matt, he helps guide you through the experience with his meditations and hypnosis. Both Peter and Matt were available anytime of the day I needed them, despite living in different time zones. Every time I encountered a moment of weakness or feeling of defeat, Peter always redirected me and got me re-focused.

I started Peters program May 5th, taking over 60 practice exams, and took boards June 7th. In just a month he had me over prepared didactically and mentally.  I went from failing in 100 questions to passing in 100 questions. Tears poured when I saw the four letters I wanted to see this whole time, “PASS”. I called Peter first, barely able to talk to share the news!

I commend Peter for his dedication and support, he is truly an angel that was sent into my life. I cannot thank him enough or ever repay what he did for me. Thanks to the help and guidance and continuous support I can finally call myself a CRNA! Peter is an ultimate example of what a CRNA should be!

For any SRNA’s who are in the same boat, don’t hesitate or waste your time, Peter will help you pave the road to your success! You can do this and you will do this!! Peter will never give up on you and he will not allow you to give up on yourself! You too, will be a CRNA!

- Ashley

More Testimonials

“Post-graduation, overwhelmed by stress and struggling to focus on NCE board exam prep, I turned to Peter Strube for academic support. His guidance proved invaluable, introducing meditation and hypnosis sessions that effectively reduced stress and improved my ability to visualize success. Assessing my strengths and weaknesses, Peter devised a personalized study program. Daily tests and textbook reviews kept me on track, enhancing both learning and retention. This structured approach led to my success on the first attempt. I highly recommend Peter's services, not just as a great coach but as an exceptional person”
“Following three months of dedicated post-graduation study, including resources like APEX, I faced the setback of failing the National Certification Exam. Determined to achieve my goal of becoming a licensed CRNA, I sought additional support through Peter's program, Prodigy. Its daily structured practice-exam schedule mentally conditioned me for the 170 board questions, highlighted knowledge gaps, and directed my independent study efforts. Ultimately, I passed boards and attained my CRNA license. The positive reinforcement from Peter and his program played a crucial role in my success.”
"I finally passed the NCE exam, becoming a CRNA, after several attempts and not being successful. My greatest challenge was balancing work and study and taming my testing anxiety. After being referred to LTC Peter Strube, through his guidance, I knew that I needed to devote a full-time study schedule with meditation in order to be successful. LTC Strube set up a study plan/schedule that worked best for me. His guidance, knowledge, and positive support is what helped me get through the challenges of retaining the material, learning how to answer the questions, all while providing positive reinforcement. I would not have been successful in passing this exam without him! He is an outstanding tutor and I would highly recommend him. Don’t bother trying to accomplish this difficult task alone. With LTC Strube’s help, you can and will be successful!"

Anne' Personal Story

“For almost two years, passing the NCE has been my top priority. I spent countless hours studying, and I was a fixture in local libraries. After failing the first time, I was advised to "change something", so I attacked the NCE differently after each attempt, utilizing a different resource and following my own daily plans. Over the course of 7 failed attempts, I had attended Valley (twice) and Core Concepts (plus practice exams), used Apex (twice), re-read Morgan & Mikhail, and reviewed numerous practice question booklets. I frequently used the Valley Sweat Book and Memory Master, as well as my meticulously organized Valley flash cards. I also made hundreds of my own index cards to reinforce topics, some laminated and some colorful works of art. None of these methods led me to the success that I had worked relentlessly to achieve. My strength, confidence, and drive were tested daily, but I was determined to pass the NCE.

I casually looked for a tutor after the first failure and searched progressively more intently every attempt thereafter. I asked my program administrators, future boss, preceptors, and anyone else who might be able to connect me with a tutor. I sought hypnosis, performance therapy, and consulted peers who had been successful after failing. To stay motivated, I started following influential SRNAs/CRNAs and accounts about anesthesia/pharmacology, as well as inspiring accounts like 'GoalCast' on Instagram. After my 7th failure, I felt as if I had exhausted my study resources and I felt lost with little hope and no plan. I googled "failed 7th NCE" in hopes of finding anything enlightening... this led me to an blog with a brief comment at the very bottom, which eluded to a discrete facebook group intended for GRNAs who struggled with the NCE. After an extensive search, I finally found -and promptly joined- this group. It is here that I ultimately stumbled upon a post by Peter Strube: a testimonial from one of his students. A felt an instant wave of relief; this was the light at the end of the tunnel that I desperately needed to see. I suddenly felt hopeful and excited to tackle my final attempt at making my dream of becoming a CRNA a reality.

Peter quickly responded within 15 minutes of my message, and within an hour we were discussing the details of my experiences and his tutoring services. That same day I was introduced to a CRNA/Hypnotherapist who provided guidance and resources to facilitate daily meditations. Peter also connected me with a couple of his successful students, who inspired and comforted me as I embarked on my final NCE journey under Peter's direction. I was sincerely impressed with his organization, experience, and we both were eager to get started. I reached out to Peter on February 4th, and officially started his program on February 9th. Despite living in two different time zones, Peter was always responsive, and communication was incredibly easy. He checked in with me almost daily, and his positive attitude helped to transform my fears and doubts into renewed confidence. During moments of weakness, Peter guided me to a more constructive mindset.

Peter's program took away the burden of creating my own daily study routine and helped me deal with my debilitating testing anxiety. In 2 months, I took over 70 practice exams, thoroughly covered all exam topics, and benefitted from daily meditations. I spent about the same amount of time studying each day as I had during previous attempts, but this time I was studying smarter. On exam day, some of the best time spent was using meditation to calm my nerves, as advised by Peter. When the computer shut off, I was equally nervous and excited to see the results. Tears of joy, relief, and utter happiness flowed as 2 years of soul-crushing efforts finally culminated into the result I had worked so hard for. I went from failing in 100 Q's to passing in 100 Q's! This was all I had wanted since graduation, and I still feel light as a feather without the weight of this exam hanging over me every minute of every day.

Peter was the first person I shared the incredible news with after my exam; if not for him I may not have ever had the opportunity to feel the bliss of success after so many failures. My entire family is incredibly grateful to Peter...he truly helped me get my life back on track, and I finally feel like 'Me' again. I commend Peter on the motive behind his hard work; it is clear that he sincerely cares about the well-being and success of every single student. As anyone in a similar position knows, failing the NCE is devastating, embarrassing and is not indicative of one's ability to provide excellent care or administer anesthesia safely. Some CRNAs who may not have experienced this failure unknowingly shame people like me who have struggled, but Peter is the type who sees your strength and wants to help. He is a wonderful example of how CRNAs should lift each other up and support one another. I can only assume that Peter is an awesome CRNA, but I can attest to the fact that he is an exemplary human being.

Thanks to the help, guidance, and encouragement from Peter Strube, I can FINALLY call myself a CRNA! This is the most amazing feeling in the world, and I am so grateful to have found Peter, who paved a straight path to success after so many windings, discouraging detours. I strongly encourage all my fellow resilient GRNAs to invest in yourself by working with Peter - I believe it will bring you renewed hope, direction, and ultimately success.

In admiration of his actions, I will happily be available to any struggling GRNAs who have questions, concerns, or simply need a reminder that they are not alone during what may feel like a very isolating period. I believe in you, just like Peter believed in me.

- Anne

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Meet the instructor

Peter D Strube

Peter Strube, DNAP, CRNA, MBA, FAANA was part of our nurse anesthesia community. In 2023 Peter joined forces with Storm Anesthesia to combine his excellent tutoring service with Storm Anesthesia courses and books. Our working relationship was cut short by Dr. Stube's untimely and sad death on December 11, 2023. Peter will be greatly missed by many in our nurse anesthesia community.

Peter was a CRNA who graduated from St. Mary’s University school of anesthesia in 2006 with a master’s degree. His undergraduate degree was from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
Peter was awarded the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia (DNAP) in June of 2017 and completed an MBA December 2020.
Lieutenant Colonel Strube was retired from the United States Army Nurse Corps. Dr. Strube mobilized and deployed four times during current military operations which included service in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Peter was an Assistant Professor and Assistant Program Director at Newman University. 
Peter owned and operated Trollway Anesthesia that covered several critical access hospitals. He authored several professional articles and training programs, spoke professionally both nationally and internationally.
Peter also tutored at risk Nurse Anesthesia Residents on their anesthesia boards.
Peter served on the Wisconsin state association board and as AANA Region 3 Director. He served his community as a member of the Mount Horeb Board of Education and was a Commissioner on the Dane County Ethics Board and was a court appointed mentor for veterans in crisis.

Peter Strube, DNAP, CRNA, MBA, MSNA, APNP, APRN, LTC(Retired), FAANA
Meet the instructor

Matthew Zinder

Matthew Zinderm MS, CH, CRNA has worked in some level of healthcare for 30 years, starting as an EMT in a volunteer fire station.

Matthew owns and operates a Maryland-based mobile anesthesia practice that has been in business since 1984.

He speaks at many professional conferences, both nationally and internationally, involving topics such as stress management, wellness, business of anesthesia, and the practice of anesthesia. He is the host and producer of The Provider Wellness Podcast where he speaks with experts involving healthcare provider well being and self-care.

Matthew is currently the President-Elect of the Maryland Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and an appointed member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology Health & Wellness Committee.

He is adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University, Thomas Jefferson University, and Georgetown University Schools of Nurse Anesthesia.
Matthew Zinder, MS, CH, CRNA
Meet the instructor

Michael Storm

Michael Storm, DNAP, CRNA graduated from University of South Carolina Nurse Anesthesia Program in 2005 with his Master of Nurse Anesthesia. In 2016 he earned his Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice from Missouri State University. 

Since 2006 he has been helping anesthesia students pass boards after starting a review course business in 2006 along with his two study partners. In 2013 he went on his own with Storm Anesthesia.
Michael continues to teach anesthesia residents in the OR and has helped numerous nurse anesthesia residents pass the NCE doing his on-site or virtual review courses. 
Michael has a passion for teaching, keeping his nose in the textbooks, and has stopped counting the number of textbooks in his library, but rather measuring by feet, currently >16 feet of textbooks. Yep, he is a little nerdy!

Outside anesthesia, Michael loves snow skiing and is a fully certified PSIA ski instructor, feels relaxed when sailing on Lake Murray in their 25-foot sailboat, enjoys hikes in the mountains or anywhere outdoors, and pre-pandemic you could find him and his wonderful wife Annette traveling all over.
Michael Storm, DNAP, CRNA