The University of New England is the only CRNA school in Maine.
New England University
University of New England
School of Nurse Anesthesia
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103
Maribeth L. Massie, CRNA, MS, Phd(c), Program Director
ph: (207) 221-4519
fax: (207) 523-1900
Cheryl L. Nimmo, CRNA, DNP, MSHSA, Assistant Program Director
ph: (207) 221-4518
CRNA Degree offered
Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
27 months, full time
57 semester hours
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at University of New England.
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: $72,960
*Fees and expenses: $6,946
Grand Total: $79,906
*This includes the cost of books and supplies, malpractice insurance and miscellaneous school expenses. This DOES NOT include the mandatory health insurance.
When did this CRNA Program begin?
CRNA Program Summary
Are you concerned that the University of New England 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.
Since University of New England’s nurse anesthetist program is front loaded, you’ll spend the first eight months (two semesters) at UNE’s historic Portland Campus, situated in the picturesque coastal city of Portland. The majority of the basic science didactic courses are offered during this time.
The remaining 19 months of the program are hospital-based, with an emphasis on advanced coursework, clinical training, human patient simulator lab experiences, and completion of a capstone project. All students are required to complete the entire curriculum with a 3.0 GPA or better.
Each student will participate in at least 550 anesthesia cases. All of the surgical specialties are available, including hands-on training in regional anesthesia techniques. Specialty experiences (i.e. neuro-surgery, open-heart surgery, high-risk obstetrics) when not available at primary hospital affiliation sites will be obtained from short-term rotations at other medical facilities.
All types of anesthesia techniques and the latest agents are available for student participation.You’ll be able to gain experience in:
- General anesthetics
- Intravenous agents
- Regional anesthesia to include: spinal, epidural, axillary block, and Bier blocks
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CRNA Program Requirements
Bachelor of Science in Nursing or an Associate in Nursing combined with a Bachelor degree in another field. Either degree option needs to be completed through a regionally accredited program.
Current RN license needed for application. Upon acceptance into the program, licensure in the state where clinical experience is obtained will be required.
Applicants are required to have a minimum of one year’s experience as a registered nurse in a critical care area. (Two or more years experience is recommended.)
Acceptable critical care experience includes:
- Intensive Care Unit
- Critical Care Unit
- Surgical ICU
- Medical ICU
- Neuro ICU
- Pediatric ICU
Note: The following will be considered on a case by case basis and is generally not sufficient as the sole critical care experience.
- Emergency Room
- Recovery Room
- Post-Anesthetic Care Unit (PACU)
Grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better preferred, especially in the sciences and professional courses.
A minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all applicants who have English as a second language or are not graduates of programs in the United States.
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
- CCRN, highly recommended
It is strongly recommended, though not required, that you shadow a CRNA for a day.
- Biochemistry within the last five years with a grade B or better.
- *Anatomy, Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Pharmacology, and Physics
*not required but recommended
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – U.S. News & World Report (2011)
2.7 out of 5.0. Ranked 48 out of 107 CRNA programs.
*Please note: CRNA rankings are somewhat bias and subjective. Read disclaimer about how CRNA rankings are created.*
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
New England University Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 05/2011. It was given 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 05/2021. This shows that this is a stable program.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at New England University
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: 94.5% (2015)
- National average: 88.9% (five year average)
CRNA Employment Rate of program graduates
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Maine
Maine CRNA salaries are about the same as the national average and range from $145k-165k.
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.
All information given on this site about New England University’s Nurse Anesthetist Program was taken directly from their website.
*This page was updated June 30th, 2016.*
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