The US Army Nursing Anesthesia Program was ranked # 1 in 2011, and offers free tuition in exchange for a 4.5 year active duty commitment upon graduation.
US Army Nursing CRNA Program
U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing
MCCS-HGE-NA / AMEDDC&S (ATTN: Anesthesia Branch)
3490 Forage Road
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234
Joseph C O'Sullivan, CRNA, PhD, Program Director Academy of Health Sciences
MG Russell J Czerw, Major General, Commander, AMEDDC&S
ph: (210) 295-4769
fax: (210) 295-5164
CRNA Degree offered
Master of Science in Nursing Anesthesia
60 semester hours for the didactic portion, 44 for the clinical practicum.
July 1. Please note that Northeastern University admission selection is a separate and distinct application process. You must apply to both Northeastern University and the US Army nursing anesthesia program.
Cost of CRNA School at the US Army Graduate Program
Cost of Tuition:
*4.5 years of Active Duty Service Obligation (ADSO) upon graduation.
*If you worked in the VA hospital system before you were admitted to the CRNA program, you may return to a VA hospital upon graduation rather than serve on active duty.
In addition to receiving a full time salary as an Army officer, the army will pay for 100% of your tuition, books and supplies, and all travel expenses associated with off-site clinical experiences.
Upon graduation, you will receive both Board Certification Pay ($2,000 per year) as well as Incentive Specialty Pay ($15,000 per year) in addition to your normal pay and benefits. (These benefits will last for the duration of your 4.5 year commitment and will increase if you choose to extend your commitment beyond 4.5 years).
The primary goal of the US Army Nursing Anesthesia Graduate Program is to ensure that graduate nurse anesthetist are qualified to deploy in time of war, civil disorder, natural disaster or for humanitarian missions.
Realize that you are on active duty the moment you report for training and receive full salary and benefits commiserate to your rank. Active duty is a full-time commitment.
Phase 1 is 51 weeks long, is purely didactic and is presented in Fort Sam Houston Texas. Phase 2 is administered at 1 of 8 military hospitals (7 army and 1 air force) and 1 Veterans Administration hospitals. It consists of 73 weeks didactic and clinical experience.
Through the US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing, students are instructed in a manner that encourages independent thought and critical decision-making during times of great stress, both physical and emotional. As the sole providers of anesthesia under many circumstances in the Army, nurse anesthetists have to rely on their skills and training, in consultation with the surgeons, to save soldiers’ lives.
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CRNA Program Requirements
Bachelor degree requirement
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Recommended overall GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 credit hours completed
Minimum GRE scores:
GRE within five years: Combined recommended score (verbal and quantitative) of at least 1000, on new version of GRE (295 any combination), plus score of 3.5 or higher on writing component.
CRNA Educational Requirements
Additional Requirements for Civilian Reservists
Additional Requirements for Active Duty Applicants
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings - U.S. News & World Report (2011)
4.0 out of 5.0. Ranked #1 out of 107 CRNA programs.
*Please note: CRNA rankings are bias and subjective. Read disclaimer about how CRNA rankings are created.*
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
US Army Nursing Anesthesia Program was last reviewed 05/2001. It was given 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 05/2011. This shows that the program is very stable.
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Texas
Texas CRNA salaries are about the same as the national average and range from $140k-170k per year.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $163,467 (according to a 2008 study)
*This page was updated December 9th, 2012.*