Columbia University NY
School of Nursing
Program in Nurse Anesthesia
617 West 168th Street
School of Nursing, Room 318
New York, NY 10032
Michael Greco, DNP CRNA
Office Phone: 212 305-4318
CRNA Degree offered
Master of Science in Nursing and DNP (Post-BS), Post-Master’s Certificate
27 months full time
62 semester hours
June – MS and DNP (Post-BS)
September – Post-Master’s Certificate
October 1, 2016 – priority deadline & October 17, 2016 – final deadline
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at Columbia University NY.
Tuition is calculated at the 2015-2016 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: $102,000
*Fees and expenses: $2,875
Grand Total: $104,875
*This includes the application fee and estimated cost of books.
CRNA Program Summary
Are you concerned that the Columbia University NY 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.
The program is front-loaded and includes a clinical anesthesia residency.
The first year curriculum is devoted to advanced science courses, graduate core courses and specialty courses which form the basis for advanced specialty concepts later in the program.
The clinical component starts in May of the second year. During clinical experiences, you’ll be given increasing responsibility for anesthesia patient care, enabling you to gain confidence and skill under tutorial guidance.
Clinical sites are available in the tri-state area and beyond, and can be permanent or rotating. Clinical sites vary from large, urban academic medical centers to community hospitals.
Looking for something specific? Find CRNA schools categorized by their unique requirements.
Some CRNA schools require much more out of their applicants than others. See how the requirements at Columbia University NY compare to most CRNA school’s requirements.
CRNA Program Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in nursing or a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and an Associate’s degree in nursing. Degrees are awarded by a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and an associate’s degree in nursing require 5-credit community health course.
Current New York State nursing license or eligibility.
Minimum of one year experience in an accepted intensive care setting. Most entering students have at least 2-5 years of solid full-time ICU experience.
Acceptable critical care experience includes:
- Surgical ICU
- Medical ICU
- Pediatric ICU
- Cardiovascular ICU
- Coronary Care Unit
- Burn Unit
- Trauma ICU
- Neuro ICU
They do not accept:
- Operating Room
- Post Anesthesia Care Unit
- Emergency Room
- Step Down
- Neonatal ICU
- Cath Lab
There is no minimum GPA requirement.
Minimum GRE scores:
Satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). A competitive score is within the top 50th percentile.
For international applicants, a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language score of 600 (written) or 250 (computer version). The exam must be current (no later than two years of your application). International students are no longer eligible for the MS program. International students are welcome to apply to the MDE or PhD programs.
- Critical Care Nurse (CCRN) is highly recommended
Science Class Prerequisites:
- Statistics (but have been taken within the last 5 years)
- Two semesters of Chemistry (at least one organic course and have a B or better)
- A physical assessment course
Applications are accepted with prerequisite coursework in progress; all prerequisites MUST be completed by the start of the program. Must be taken at an accredited college or university.
CRNA School Rankings – U.S. News & World Report (2011)
2.8 out of 5.0. Ranked 41 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.
Columbia University NY Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 05/2009. It was given the maximum of 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 05/2019. This shows that the program is very stable.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at Columbia University, NY
- First-time test takers (2015): 91%
- National average (2008): 89.9%
3% Class of 2015
CRNA Employment Rate of program graduates
100% Class of 2015
An average nurse anesthetist salary in New York
New York CRNA salaries are lower than the national average and range from $130k-$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.
There are so many clinical sites. Can I request a permanent site?
Columbia University has 26 clinical sites in and around New York and New Jersey, including some in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Clinical assignments are given to provide each student with a well-rounded clinical experience.
Some sites are able to offer this range of experience at one facility allowing some students a permanent rotation. This can be discussed after acceptance.
Can I work as an RN while I’m in school?
Many students find it possible to work several shifts per week before clinicals start in late May of the first year of the program. It will be an intense schedule but it can be done.
Once the clinical sequence begins however, time commitments in the operating room and the classroom virtually preclude any opportunity to work outside of the program.”
Are there any elective anesthesia rotations in specialty areas?
The program currently has affiliations with John Hopkins Medical Center, Schneider’s Children’s Hospital at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Westchester Medical Center and Danbury Hospital in Connecticut for intensive pediatric rotations. Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland and UMDNJ in Newark, New Jersey offers intensive trauma rotations.
All students are required to have a cardiothoracic and obstetrical anesthesia rotation during their clinical sequence.
All information given on this site about Columbia University NY’s Nurse Anesthetist Program was taken directly from their website.
*This page was updated September 12th, 2016.*
Did you find an error on this page? Please report it here