Top Schools for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Programs

Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) administer anesthetics to patients at hospitals, surgery centers and physicians' offices. Read on to learn about a few schools that offer accredited nurse anesthetist programs. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

The road to becoming a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) begins with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), state licensure as a registered nurse and at least one year of nursing experience. Aspiring CRNAs also must complete a registered nurse anesthetist graduate program that's been accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Nurse Anesthesia. After these criteria are met, the graduate is finally eligible to sit for the national CRNA certification exam, administered by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists. Some of the largest universities offering accredited programs in nurse anesthesia are described below.

Important Facts about Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists

Common Courses Integrated health science, basic principles of anesthesia, advanced pharmacology, advanced pathophysiology
Prerequisites Must be a licensed registered nurse, 1 year ICU experience
Possible Careers Nurse anesthetists in hospital operating rooms, pain centers, outpatient surgery clinics
Continuing Education Courses and seminars available in a variety of topics

University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee (UT) offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a nurse anesthesia concentration, as well as a post-graduate certificate for those who already have a master's degree. UT nurse anesthesia students have access to a range of medical facilities, including the University of Tennessee Medical Center and the East Tennessee Children's Hospital, where they can put their classroom experience to practical use. In 2015, the UT nursing program was tied for 137th in the U.S., according to U.S. News and World Report.

University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati is now offering a BSN to DNP in Nurse Anesthesia that puts students in the operating room in their third semester of study. The University of Cincinnati's school of nursing is one of the oldest programs in the country and was tied as the 54th best in the 2015 U.S. News and World Report rankings.

University of Iowa

Students in the University of Iowa (UI) anesthesia nursing program spend their first two semesters in the classroom before gaining clinical experience at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, which boasts 32 operating rooms. Graduates are awarded a Doctor of Nursing Practice. U.S. News and World Report ranked the UI program as 9th in the country for nurse anesthesia in 2015.

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