Duke University School of Nursing is one of six CRNA schools in North Carolina.
Duke University School of Nursing
Nurse Anesthesia Program
307 Trent Drive
Durham, NC 27710
Sharon Hawkes, DNP, MSN, CRNA, Program Director
ph: (919) 684-9346
Toll Free: (877) 415-3853 – admissions
fax: (919) 668-4693
*preferred method: email: DUNAP@notes.duke.edu or SONAdmissions@dm.duke.edu
36 months, full time
Early Decision: October 15
Priority Application Deadline: December 1
Please note that 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: $136,037
Fees and expenses: $7,077
Grand Total: $143,115
*This includes the cost of books and supplies, test fees and miscellaneous school expenses.
They will escalate enrollment numbers according to the following schedule:
August 2014: 15, August 2015: 21, August 2016: 25
Number of Applicants
There are roughly 100 applicants each year.
When did this CRNA Program begin?
Duke’s CRNA program re-opened in 2000.
CRNA Program Summary
Are you concerned that Duke University School of Nursing’s Nurse Anesthesia Program won’t give you the specific experiences or training you need to be a successful CRNA? Learn whatstandards 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 Duke DNP with specialization in nurse anesthesia is a 36 month, 83 credits, full time, on-campus program. The curriculum is an integration of DNP, APRN and nurse anesthesia specialty courses. The program culminates in completion of a capstone project addressing a process improvement/quality improvement/project affecting populations of patients, health care organizations, and health care systems in a clinical setting.
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CRNA Program Requirements
Required Bachelor Degree
Bachelor’s degree with an upper division nursing major from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing education (CCNE); or an Associate/Diploma degree in Nursing from an accredited program with a bachelor’s degree in another field (RN to MSN Pathway).
Current license or eligibility for license as a professional nurse in North Carolina.
You must have a minimum of one year (two years preferred) current, continuous full-time acute care experience as a registered nurse in a critical care setting prior to interviewing for the program.
Your experience should involve the following skills:
- Independent decision making
- Interpretation of advanced monitoring techniques
- Caring for ventilated patients
- Pharmacologic hemodynamic management
Experience areas preferred include:
- Surgical ICU
- Medical ICU
- Cardiac ICU
- Neuro ICU
- Pediatric or Neonatal ICU
Other experiences considered:
- ICU step-down or transitional areas
- Post-anesthesia care unit (PACU)
- Operating Room
- Emergency Room
They do not accept:
- Radiology/cath lab
- Flight team
Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale) or evidence of outstanding graduate academic achievement.
Minimum GRE scores:
GRE scores need to be taken within five year and should be available before the application deadline. GRE scores are required and cannot be waived.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores from applicants whose native language is not English or who have not completed their high school and college education in the U.S. (Refer to the Duke University School of Nursing Application Admissions Procedures: Additional Requirements for International Applicants)
- BLS (Basic Life Support)
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
- CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse) is not required but strongly encouraged
- Undergraduate statistics course: must include descriptive and inferential stats
- Proven undergraduate success in all major science classes
It is strongly encouraged that you shadow a CRNA
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – U.S. News & World Report (2011)
3.3 out of 5.0. Ranked 11 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.
Duke University School of Nursing Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 10/2013. It was given the maximum of 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 10/2023. This shows that the program is in full compliance with the COA’s accreditation standards.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at Duke University School of Nursing
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: 90% (Class of 2016)
- National average (2012): 100%
6% (Class of 2016)
CRNA Employment Rate of program graduates
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many hours should I expect to be engaged in the program each week?
Successful completion of the nurse anesthesia program requires a substantial time commitment averaging 60-70 hours per week (includes class time, clinical, and study time) during the 36-month program.
Can I work as an RN while I’m in the program?
Historically, given the rigorous nature of the program, students find it difficult to subsidize their educational expenses through part-time employment.
While we discourage part-time employment, students may choose to do so only if they maintain satisfactory academic progress. If students must engage in part-time employment, it cannot conflict with academic or clinical assignments.
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All information given on this site about Duke University School of Nursing’s Nurse Anesthetist Program was taken directly from their website.
*This page was updated July 30th, 2016.*
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