Carolinas Medical Center
& UNC Charlotte NC's CRNA Program

The Carolinas Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Program was ranked #22 in 2011.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Carolinas Medical Center (CMC)
Nurse Anesthesia Program
1200 Blythe Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203

University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC)
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223

Contact Information
Karen E Lucisano, CRNA, MSN, Program Director
ph: (704) 355-2375
fax: (704) 355-7263

Quick Facts

CRNA Degree offered
Master of Science in Nursing, Post-Master's Certificate

Program Length
27 months full time

Credit Hours
67 credit hours for the MSN, 55 credit hours for the Post-Master’s Certificate

Starting Month

Application Deadline
Take note that you need to submit two applications. One to UNC Charlotte and one to Carolinas Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Program. Interviews are held in November and February and applications must be received and completed about six weeks before the intended interview date.  You may only apply once a year. 

Application deadlines for CMC are as follows:
For November interviews, the deadline is September 10
For February interviews, the deadline is January 10

Application deadlines for UNC Charlotte are as follows:
For November interviews, the deadline is September 15
For February interviews, the deadline is January 15

Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at Carolinas Medical Center & UNC Charlotte NC.
Please note that tuition is calculated at the Class of 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 In State Tuition: $20,440
*Fees and expenses: $14,125
Grand Total: $34,565

Cost of Tuition: Out of State 1st year, In State 2nd and 3rd years: $35,587
*Fees and expenses: $14,125
Grand Total: $49,712

Cost of Out of State Tuition: $54,583
*Fees and expenses: $14,125
Grand Total: $68,663

*This includes the estimated cost of books, application fees and CMC Clinical Fee.

Class Size
24 students

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CRNA Program Summary

Are you concerned that Carolinas Medical Center & UNC Charlotte NC’s 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.

In this mostly front-loaded program, you’ll spend your first year completing the majority of your didactic material.

You will begin your clinical experience during the second semester and both clinical learning and didactic instruction will continue throughout the program.

Though the majority of your clinical experience will be obtained at Carolinas Medical Center, there are 5 additional clinical sites within the Carolina’s Healthcare System where you may gain your clinical experience.

Program Requirements

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Some CRNA schools require much more out of their applicants than others. See how the requirements at Carolinas Medical Center & UNC Charlotte NC compare to most CRNA school’s requirements.

CRNA Program Requirements

Required Bachelor Degree
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from an accredited nursing program

Current unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse. Current license in North Carolina or other state where clinical placement is going to take place identified by faculty before enrollment.

Critical Care:
A minimum of 18 months current full time critical care experience with adult clients prior to matriculation. You may apply to the program before this experience is complete.

Acceptable critical care experience includes:

  • Adult Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Surgical ICU
  • Coronary ICU
  • Trauma ICU
  • Neuro ICU
  • Cardiovascular ICU

They do not accept:

  • Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
  • Emergency Department
  • Operating Room
  • Flight Team
  • Pediatric or Neonatal ICU

An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater (on a 4.0 scale). A GPA of 3.0 or greater on all completed science courses:

  • Biology
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Chemistry
  • Microbiology

Minimum GRE Scores:
Scores of 950 under the old format or 293 under the current format. Note that MAT scores are not accepted.


  • BLS (Basic Life Support)
  • ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
  • PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)

Course Prerequisite:

  • Undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or greater.
  • Recommended to have Physics and Chemistry
  • Computer literacy is required for coursework.  

Carolinas Medical Center & UNC Charlotte NC’s CRNA program website

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CRNA School Performance

CRNA School Rankings - U.S. News & World Report (2011)
3.1 out of 5.0. Ranked 22 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.
Carolinas Medical Center/UNC Charlotte NC Nurse Anesthetist Program is fully accredited by the COA and through UNC Charlotte School of Nursing, accredited by CCNE through 2021. CMC/UNCC was last reviewed 05/2014 by COA. It was given the maximum of 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 05/2024. This shows that the program is in full compliance with the COA’s accreditation standards.

Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at Carolinas Medical Center & UNC Charlotte NC
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 of 2014 Graduating Class: 74%
  • National average (2008): 89.9%

Attrition Rate
1% (2014)

CRNA Employment Rate of program graduates
100% (2014)

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CRNA Salaries

An average nurse anesthetist salary in North Carolina
North Carolina CRNA salaries are about the same as the national average and range from $140k to $160k.

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.

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All information given on this site about Carolinas Medical Center & UNC Charlotte NC’s Nurse Anesthetist Program was taken directly from their website.

*This page was updated November 30th, 2015.*

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