Midwestern University Glendale’s Nurse Anesthesia Program is one of two CRNA programs in Arizona. Program strengths include a variety of clinical sites and an anesthesia simulation laboratory.
Nurse Anesthesia Program
19555 North 59th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85308-6813
Shari Burns, CRNA, Ed.D. – Program Director
ph: (623) 572-3760
fax: (623) 572-3227
CRNA Degree offered
Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
27 months, full time
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at Midwestern University Glendale.
Tuition is calculated at the 2014-2015 rates. Historically, tuition has increased between 4% and 7% annually.
Cost of Tuition: $87,023
Fees and expenses: $3,400
Grand Total: $90,423
Fees include application fees, estimated cost of books and student services fees.
Number of Applicants
During the course of this 27 month program, you can expect to spend between 45-52 hours per week engaged in classroom or clinical activities.
The MWU Nurse Anesthesia Program consists of two phases. The first phase (4 quarters) will give you will a strong foundation in the basic sciences, and will teach you all aspects of anesthesia equipment and anesthesia management.
The second phase (5 quarters) encompasses the clinical practicum and a research-based project related to anesthesia. The clinical phase begins in the summer of the second year of the program will give the necessary hands-on experience to prepare you for a variety of practice settings. This experience includes the use of their anesthesia simulation laboratory. In addition to a state of the art simulation lab, the students use human cadavers for regional anesthesia.
All students will be considered for rotation to clinical sites in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas and Washington. You may be assigned to rotations in any combination of these states to ensure the best quality set of clinical rotations. The program assists students with lodging at clinical sites. Some sites offer free or subsidized housing.
The diverse clinical sites will provide you with a broad scope of experiences in rural, urban, and suburban hospitals, as well as specialty rotations in cardiac surgery, pediatrics, and obstetrics.
CRNA Program Requirements
Required Baccalaureate Degree
Bachelor’s degree in Nursing granted by a regionally accredited U.S. college or university
RN licensure in the United States or its territories
Minimum of one year of critical care registered nursing experience by the application deadline. Acceptable critical care experience includes:
- Adult ICU (Intensive Care Unit)
- Pediatric ICU
- Emergency Room
- PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit)
- NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)
Experience should include management of mechanical ventilation, invasive monitoring, and vasoactive medication infusions.
Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Minimum science GPA of 3.0. The courses included in the calculation of the science GPA include anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, chemistry, physics, and microbiology. The average accepted student has a GPA of 3.53.
The TOEFL is not required. International applicants must complete at least 30 semester hours of coursework from an accredited university in the United States or from a Canadian institution that uses English as the primary language of instruction.
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support)
- PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
Applicants must complete all prerequisite coursework prior to application with a grade of C or better.
- Anatomy and Physiology
- General Chemistry (1 course)
- Organic Chemistry (1 course)
- Biochemistry (strongly recommended but not required).
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – U.S. News & World Report (2011)
This Nurse Anesthesia Program received a score of less than 2.0 out of 5.0 and received no rank.
*Please note: CRNA rankings are bias and subjective. Read disclaimer about how CRNA rankings are created.*
Objective School Rating System
Though Midwestern didn’t receive a great rank using this flawed, subjective rating system, they rank roughly in 10th place when using a more objective system – one that actually reflects the school’s performance and capability. Check out the CRNA School Guide and Searchable Spreadsheet if you want to be able to evaluate schools based on merit rather than opinion. You’ll be amazed at how drastically the school’s objective rating differs from US News and World Report’s rankings.
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
Midwestern University Glendale Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed in November 2011. The program was awarded a 10 year accreditation and will be reviewed again in October 2021. This shows that the program is very stable.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at Midwestern University Glendale
- First-time test takers: 92% (2015)
- National average (2006-2013): 87 %
CRNA Employment Rate of program graduates
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Arizona
Arizona CRNA salaries tend to be below the national average and range from $100,000 – $130,000.
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.
*If you have additional questions you would like answered about Midwestern University Glendale’s Nurse Anesthetist Program, please contact the school directly.
*This page was updated January 3st, 2016.*
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