Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia is a Seventh Day Adventist Christian Educational Environment.
MTSA Nurse Anesthetist School
Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia
315 Hospital Drive
Madison, TN 37116
Chris Hulin, CRNA, MSN, MBA, MS DNP, Dean/Program Administrator
ph/fax: (615) 732-7841
CRNA Degree offered
Master of Science, with a focus in Nurse Anesthesia, DNAP
DNAP degree is MTSA's newly approved program. They plan to start its classes in September 2013.
28 months, full time
140 quarter hours for class curriculum, 50 quarter hours for clinical practicum.
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia.
Tuition is calculated at the 2011-2013 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: $43,144
*Fees and expenses: $16,413
Grand Total: $59,557+ Senior Elective Fee**
*This includes the cost of health insurance, books and supplies, test fees and miscellaneous school expenses.
**MTSA incorporates a Senior elective clinical experience during the final three months of the program, in which each student must participate. The cost is in addition to the total cost listed above. The student must pay the cost if it is not paid by the elective affiliate group or site. The fee is $3,885 if it is in Nashville area and $4,860 if it is outside of Nashville.
CRNA Program Summary
Are you concerned that Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia 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 first six (6) weeks of the program is an intense session called “Broadfields Orientation/First Quarter,” where students typically have class every day, Monday through Friday. This culminates in a two-day demonstration of skills in three affiliate hospitals.
After the Broadfields Orientation/First Quarter session and
during the first year, there are four more quarters, each consisting of
approximately 11 weeks of class, with third, fourth, and fifth quarters
also containing an additional two weeks for vacation from regular class schedules.
During the first year, students have class every afternoon/evening, Monday through Thursday.
You will need to travel out-of-town for clinicals, as your 1-3 month rotations may be in Lawrenceburg, TN, Louisville, KY, Columbus, OH, Ft Wayne, IN and Odessa, TX. (All students do not rotate through all sites).
Because Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia offers an integrated program, clinical assignments begin at the completion of the 6-week Broadfields Orientation/First Quarter period, typically at the end of August or the beginning of September.
In their first year, students typically change rotations on a monthly or every-other-month basis.
Senior (second and third year) rotation site assignments vary in length, with the maximum being approximately four months.
During quarters six through ten, students have clinical
assignments all day, every day (up to an average of 50 scheduled hours
per week and up to five (5) consecutive days).
CRNA Program Requirements
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CRNA Program Requirements
Required Bachelor Degree
Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing or related Science (if not in Nursing, must have additional 15 semester hours of biophysical sciences above nursing degree.
Current Nursing License
A minimum of one year experience beyond orientation in an adult acute care area as a Registered Nurse within the last three years. This experience must be completed by the time of enrolment (not by the time of the interview).
Highest priority is given to applicants who have the most recent
work in high acuity, large hospital ICU/CCU settings where a broad base
of invasive hemodynamic monitoring experience, management of ventilated
patients, and administration of frequently-titrated vasoactive drugs in
the care of adult patients are likely.
Examples of acceptable critical care experience include:
A mix of neonatal/pediatric and adult ICU experience may be
accepted; however, as most patients cared for in the anesthesia
educational program are adults, adult ICU experience is expected.
ER experience will only be considered if the candidate
can demonstrate he frequently cares for a patient for an extended period
of each shift with invasive monitors in this setting.
New RN graduates (graduation in the past year) who are currently
working in critical care positions, and who will have met the one year
of experience requirement (excluding orientation periods) prior to
actual enrollment, are welcome to apply.
Cumulative GPA of 3.0 and cumulative science degree of 3.0. The average cumulative GPA of accepted applicants is 3.4.
Minimum GRE scores:
GRE (no minimum score requirement, but average of accepted students for the last three years is a combined score of 1000). Not required if previous Masters or Doctoral Degree.
You are required to meet the same application requirements as all other applicants. In addition, if your transcripts are from another country, you will need to have them evaluated by W.E.S. prior to application.
Foreign nurses, who are credentialed in their own country and
seeking to come to the United States on a Non-Immigrant Educational
Visas (J-1) must, in addition to meeting all federal and state
requirements, complete the CGFNS exam.
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings - U.S. News & World Report (2011)
2.1 out of 5.0. Ranked 90 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.
Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 10/2008. It was given the maximum of 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 10/2018. This shows that the program is in full compliance with the COA’s accreditation standards.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia
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.
2.38% over a 5 year period. This is a percentage of students who either withdrew or were dismissed over the course of the program (this is a great attrition rate, by the way).
CRNA Employment Rate at time of graduation
100% over a 5 year period.
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Tennessee
Tennessee CRNA salaries are slightly higher than the national average and range from $150k-$180k.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $163,467 (according to a 2008 study)
Frequently Asked Questions
During the first year, 15 vacation days will be spread out through 3 different breaks in class (Christmas, February and May) (Each break will include 5 vacation days + 2 weekend days). 15 additional vacation days will be given for the remainder of the program.
How many hours should I expect to be engaged in the program each week?
MTSA expects that students‟ scheduled hours at any given site should not exceed an average of 50 hours per week in a four-week period.
Is the tuition higher for out-of-state applicants?
No. Everyone pays the same tuition.
Can I work while I’m in the program?
Part-time employment by a student is permissible only if prior approval has been obtained from the Dean. Note that students cannot be employed as nurse anesthetists during the program.
All information given on this site about middle Tennesse School of Anesthesia's Nurse Anesthetist Program was taken directly from their website. To find details about every question you may possible have, view their handbook.
*This page was updated December 16th, 2012*