The Nurse Anesthesia program is administered by the Fresno campus of National University.
National University Nurse Anesthesia Program
NU Fresno Campus
School of Health and Human Services
20 E River Park Place West
Fresno, CA 93720-1551
Ph: (559) 256-4900
Dr. Bryan Tune
Clinical Assistant Professor
Ph: (559) 256-4946
CRNA Degree offered
MSNA, Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
27 Months, full time
100.5 graduate quarter units
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School National University
Tuition is calculated at the 2016 rate. Tuition at most schools increases each academic year. Over the duration of the program, students can expect to pay an entire program cost that is 5-15% higher than the rates below.
Cost of Tuition: $74,283
*Fees and expenses: $2,220
Grand Total: $76,503
*This estimate is provided by all-crna-schools.com and represents the average cost of textbooks, application fees and graduation fee.
Tuition costs were calculated using information found on the National University Tuition and Fees page.
When did this CRNA Program begin?
CRNA Program Summary
Are you concerned that National University 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 MSNA program teaches all aspects of anesthesia administration through a two-phase curriculum. The first phase consists of in-classroom didactic instruction enhanced by integrated high fidelity simulation. Phase one lasts one year with the majority of coursework completed on campus. A 15 month clinical practicum directly follows the didactic instruction. The clinical practicum provides students opportunities to administer anesthesia under the direct supervision of an experienced CRNA or anesthesiologist. Clinical rotations take place throughout California, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, and Florida.
The nurse anesthesia program is based on a cohort model, and all coursework must be completed in a set sequence.
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CRNA Program Requirements
Admission to National University
Required Bachelor Degree
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited school or Bachelor of Science in a related physical science with licensure as a registered nurse.
Current unrestricted license as a RN in a state within the United States and eligibility for licensure in all states in the United States.
Applicants must have a minimum of one full year of critical care experience in an intensive care unit within the past three years as a registered nurse.
The program does not accept the following as critical care experience:
- Operating room
- PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit)
Trauma Emergency department and other experiences will be considered on an individual basis.
Prospective students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate courses or 3.0 on the last 60 units of undergraduate courses on a 4.0 scale. A Science GPA of 2.75 or greater is required.
The GMAT and GRE are not required for admission to National University
Applicants are required to possess current certification in:
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and
- PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
Certification in any of the following is preferred:
- CCRN (Certification for Adult, Pediatric and Neonatal Critical Care Nurses)
- TNCC (Trauma Nurses Core Courses)
- CFRN (Certified Flight Registered Nurse)
The undergraduate prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “B” or better.
- Pharmacology (3 semester/4 quarter)
- Anatomy with Lab (4 semester/6 quarter)
- Physiology (4 semester/6 semester)
- General Chemistry (3 semester/4 quarter)
- Statistics (3 semester/4 quarter)
- Basic Research (1 course)
- Biochemistry is not required but strongly recommended.
Shadow experience in the OR with a CRNA or Anesthesiologist
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – U.S. News & World Report (2011)
Ranking and scores are not available for National University.
*Please note: CRNA rankings are bias and subjective. Read disclaimer about how CRNA rankings are created.*
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
National University’s Nurse Anesthesia Program was last reviewed in January 2012. The program was given 5 years accreditation and will be reviewed again in May 2017. 5 years accreditation is standard for a new CRNA Program.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at National University
89% First time test takers (Class of 2014)
17% (Class of 2014)
An average nurse anesthetist salary in California
California CRNA salaries are among the highest in the U.S., largely due to the higher cost of living. Most jobs range from $150,000-200,000 per year.
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.
*This page was updated June 30th, 2016.*
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