The University of Arizona Nurse Anesthesia Program is one of two in the state of Arizona.
Their program director, Dr. Kathleen Piotrowski, was very helpful while answering all the questions about the new program.
University of Arizona College of Nursing
1305 N. Martin | PO Box 210203
Tucson, AZ 85721-0203
Phone: (520) 626-6154
Kathleen Piotrowski, DNP, CRNA, clinical assistant professor
Nurse Anesthetist specialty director and coordinator
CRNA Degree offered
Doctor of Nursing Practice
89 credit hours
Application portal opens around July 1st and closes October 1st. All applications are reviewed and interviews will take place late November – early December.
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at University of Arizona College of Nursing.
Tuition is calculated at the 2016-2017 rate. Tuition at most schools increases each academic year. Over the duration of the program, expect to pay a tuition that is 5% to 15% higher than what is shown here.
Cost of Tuition: $106,800
*Fees and expenses: $2,085
Grand Total: $108,885
*This includes the cost of books and supplies, test fees and miscellaneous school expenses.
Number of Applicants
When did this CRNA Program begin?
CRNA Program Summary
Academic and Clinical Experience
Are you concerned that the University of Arizona College of Nursing Nurse Anesthesia Program won’t give you the specific experiences or training you need to be a successful CRNA? Learn what standards CRNA Programs must meet in order to be accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia (COA).
This CRNA program (as well as all others that are accredited by the COA) prepares you to take the CCNA certification exam at the conclusion of the program, allowing you to become a CRNA.
“They are a hybrid program. Their Anatomy class is fully in-person but the rest of the courses have variable amounts of in-person time. [The program director, Dr. Piotrowski, is willing to break down the requirements for each class as needed.] They do require 16 hours of in-person simulation lab the first 4 semesters, and a week of in-person each August, one week for health assessment and 3 days in March of the students 2nd year for clinical skills evaluation.”
“Practice-focused doctoral programs are centered upon professional practice that is innovative and evidence-based, reflecting the application and implementation of credible research findings.
The NA program blends online, face to face, and clinical residency learning (beginning in June the first year and ending in May of the third year).
Students pursuing the Nurse Anesthetist specialty receive a broad foundation of educational preparation for the full-scope of anesthesia practice across the lifespan, nursing theories and nursing research methods.”
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Some CRNA schools require much more out of their applicants than others. See how the requirements at University of Arizona College of Nursing compare to most CRNA school’s requirements.
CRNA Program Requirements
Or higher nursing degree.
Students have to have an unrestricted nursing license. If they are attending clinicals in Arizona then they need an AZ or Compact license. They do intend to try and place students in the geographic location where they reside if possible.
At least one year of critical care experience – prefer more than one year
Acceptable critical care experiences may include but are not limited to:
- Adult ICU
- Pediatric Intensive Care
at least a 3.0GPA overall and 3.0 GPA in Science courses
Minimum GRE scores:
No standardized tests required
Certifications: must be completed when submitting application
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
- BLS (Basic Life Support)
CRNA Educational Requirements
There are no course requirements but it is suggested applicants have recent statistics and organic chemistry coursework.
Shadow experience with a CRNA or anesthesiologist is not required but will make the applicant stronger at the interview.
CRNA School Performance
This is a brand new school and we are excited to see how their students perform throughout the next few years.
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
University of Arizona College of Nursing Nurse Anesthetist Program was given its initial accreditation 01/2015. It will be reviewed again 10/2020.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at University of Arizona College of Nursing
Please note: It is extremely rare for a student at any CRNA school to not eventually pass the exam. Most students who don’t pass the first time pass the second. Very rarely does a person ever take it a third time. This statistic only measures how well the program prepares students to pass the test the first time around.
- First-time test takers: We will update this as the program continues.
- National average (2008): 89.9%
We will update this as the program continues.
CRNA Employment Rate of program graduates
We will update this as the program continues.
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Arizona
Arizona CRNA salaries tend to be below the U.S. average and fluctuate around the $100k-$130k range.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $163,467 (according to a 2008 study)
- Rural average: $174,214
- Metropolitan average: $164,148
- Suburban average: $156,630
- Average starting CRNA salaries range from: $110,000-$130,000.
Frequently Asked Questions
What makes your program unique?
Our DNP-NA program is housed in a top tier College of Nursing; hybrid courses; variety of clinical sites will work with students to find placement at their home of record.
How many hours should I expect to be engaged in the program each week?
You should expect to spend up to 60 hours per week dedicated to fulfilling clinic responsibilities, attending classes, and studying.
Can I work while I’m in the program?
There is the potential to work part time the first year only, provided the student maintains a 3.0 GPA.
All information given on this site about University of Arizona College of Nursing Nurse Anesthetist Program was taken directly from their website or from the program director.
*This page was updated June 3rd, 2016.*
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