Boston College Anesthesia Program
William F. Connell School of Nursing
Nurse Anesthesia Program
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Susan A Emery, PhD, CRNA, Program Director
For more information, contact Arlene Ross, Program Assistant, at 617-552-2756 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CRNA Degree offered
Master of Science in Nursing, Post-Master’s Certificate
27 months, full time
70 semester hours
June 30 for January enrollment. Interviews will be scheduled upon completion of applicant review. All requirements must be completed prior to the deadline.
Cost of CRNA School at Boston College
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: $80,476
*Fees and expenses: $8,025
Grand Total: $88,501
* This includes the estimated cost of books, application fee, SEE, id card, clinical lab fee, student activity fees, and other miscellaneous school expenses. You will need to add health insurance – the school offers some if you do not already have coverage.
The Boston College nursing anesthesia program is a front-loaded curriculum. Students begin the program in January of each year and the Spring and Summer semesters consist of 15 credits of didactic coursework. Each semester there is a blend of core courses required of all Master of Science nursing students and specialty courses related to nurse anesthesia practice.
The fall semester begins the clinical practicum for the program and from this point on students are in the operating room 4 days per week and at the college 1 day per week. The clinical practicum incorporates experience in many different types of anesthesia, including regional.
CRNA Program Requirements
A bachelor of science in nursing or a master of science in nursing
An unrestricted license as an RN in the U.S. is accepted for the application process. Massachusetts RN license is required for matriculation.
A minimum of one year of critical care experience as an RN. Acceptable critical care experience includes:
- Surgical ICU
- Medical ICU
- Critical Care Unit
- Pediatric ICU
- Neonatal ICU
- High acuity Surgical ICU in a tertiary medical center is strongly preferred
An undergraduate grade point average of B or better (3.0)
Must be within the last 5 years
- Official TOEFL scores
- NCLEX-RN Examination results/RN licensure
- Official transcript(s) evaluation (by the Commission on Graduate Foreign Nursing Schools or World Education Services) from all post-secondary institutions at which you have studied
The TOEFL score is not required if you meet both of the following criteria: You are a citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada ( except Quebec), Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Guyana, an anglophone country of Africa, or an English-speaking country of the Caribbean AND your native language is English.
- ACLS Advanced Cardiac Life Support
- PALS Pediatric Advanced Life Support
CRNA Educational Requirements
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – U.S. News & World Report (2011)
3.0 out of 5.0. Ranked 26 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.
Boston College Nursing Anesthesia Program was last reviewed 06/2016. It was given 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 05/2026. This shows that the program is very stable.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at Boston College CRNA
Please note: It is extremely rare for a student at any CRNA school to noteventually 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: 100 (Class of 2015)
12% (Class of 2015)
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Massachusetts
Massachusetts CRNA salaries are below the national average and range from $130k-150k.
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
Can I work as an RN while I’m in the program?
The decision to work during the program is an individual one but is not recommended. As the program is only offered in a full-time format, the number of credit hours each semester varies but is as high as 15 credits per semester.
Once the clinical component begins in the third semester, students are in class one full day and in the operating room four full days with care plans and course work which must be completed in the evenings and on weekends. The workload of the program makes it very difficult to work.
I currently possess a master’s degree in nursing. Can I apply to the nurse anesthesia program? Would the curriculum be different for me? How long would the program take to complete? Would I be granted a second master’s degree?
Applicants with a prior master’s degree in nursing are considered for the additional specialty option (post-master’s certificate). Following acceptance into the program prior course syllabi are reviewed for comparison with similar courses at Boston College.
It may be possible to be exempt from select core courses after review by the associate dean for graduate programs and the nurse anesthesia program director. The time to completion of the program remains 27 months and upon graduation a certificate of completion is awarded.
*This page was updated May 26th, 2016.*
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