The US Army Nursing Anesthesia Program offers free tuition in exchange for a 5-year active duty commitment upon graduation.
US Army Nursing CRNA Program
U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing
3490 Forage Road
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234
Maria van Pelt, PhD, CRNA
Director Nurse Anesthesia Program and US Army Graduate Anesthesia Program
207B Robinson Hall (Northeastern Campus)
Christine Litzinger, Program Manager
207 Robinson (Northeastern Campus)
CRNA Degree offered
Doctor of Nursing Practice degree awarded from the Northeastern University School of Nursing
122 semester hours
July 1 is the deadline for Active Duty Applicants.
Direct accession (civilian), Army Reserve, and Army National Guard applicants must apply by September 1 for the class that will begin every June.
Cost of CRNA School at the US Army Graduate Program
Cost of Tuition:
Your attendance at USAGPAN is FULLY funded by one of three means:
1. The US Army
2. The US Air Force
3. The Veterans’ Affairs Administration
“Attendance at USAGPAN will mean that you are (or will become) an Active Duty Commissioned Officer in the US Army, an Active Duty Commissioned Officer in the US Air Force or a contracted VA employee. Each affiliation provides full pay, tuition, medical benefits, and vacation.”
“Participants of long-term graduate (leading to a master’s or doctoral degree) education and training in a military or civilian institution shall incur an ADO of three times the length of the education or training for the first year, or portion thereof, unless such degree is incidental to the completion of an established residency or fellowship program; i.e., aerospace medicine. Additional ADOs for participation in excess of one year shall be one-half year for each half year, or portion thereof.”
The primary goal of the US Army Nursing Anesthesia Graduate Program is to ensure that the graduate nurse anesthetist is 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 12 months long, is purely didactic, and is presented in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Phase 2 is a 24-month clinical experience at 1 of 9 military hospitals listed below.
- Brooke Army Medical Center, Ft. Sam Houston, TX
- Carl Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, TX
- David Grant USAF Medical Center, Travis AFB, CA
- Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, GA
- Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA
- Memphis VA Medical Center, Memphis, TN
- William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, TX
- Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI
- Womack Army Medical Center, Fayetteville, NC
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) from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program
ALL Applicants (Active Duty, Reserve/Civilian, VA) must have at least one year of Critical Care Nursing.
ICU in any setting, for example:
- Surgical ICU
- Medical ICU
- Neuro ICU
- Trauma ICU
GPA of 3.0 and overall science GPA of 3.0
Minimum GRE scores:
GRE must have been taken within the past 5 years and should be a competitive score.
- CCRN is preferred
CRNA Educational Requirements
- Biochemistry OR Organic Chemistry
Graduate courses are accepted.
Additional Requirements for Civilian Reservists
- If you are a civilian or reservist, there is no “time on station” requirement because you will enter active duty specifically to attend the CRNA program. All requirements for your active duty appointment must be completed prior to the date you enter active duty (usually by February of the year school begins).
- You must meet the requirements for accession onto active duty as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps (see your nearest health care recruiter to find out what these requirements are). If you don’t meet the requirements for active duty, you may fail to be accepted, even if you meet all of the requirements for admission into the anesthesia program.
Additional Requirements for Active Duty Applicants
- Two years “time on station” by the date that PCS (Permanent Change of Station) is required.
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – Schools by Rank 2016
Ranked 79 for the 2015 graduating class.
*Please note: Read about how CRNA rankings are created.*
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
US Army Nursing Anesthesia Program was last reviewed 10/2011. It was given 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 10/2021. This shows that the program is very stable.
Pass Rate for first-time test takers for the NCE at US Army Nursing Anesthesia Program
95.65% (class of 2017)
22.6% (class of 2017)
100% (class of 2017)
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)
- Rural average: $174,214
- Metropolitan average: $164,148
- Suburban average: $156,630
- Average starting CRNA salaries range from: $110,000-$130,000.
*This page was updated July 30th, 2017.*
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