NorthShore CRNA program is accredited by DePaul University and is one of the oldest schools of Nurse Anesthesia in the U.S.
NorthShore University School of Nurse Anesthesia
& DePaul University
@ NorthShore’s Evanston Hospital
2650 Ridge Avenue, Rm G603
Evanston, IL 60201
Pamela Schwartz, CRNA, DNP, Administrative Director
ph: (847) 570-1959
fax: (847) 733-5392
CRNA Degree offered
Doctor of Nursing Practice
36 months, full time only
110 quarter hours
May 1st. Interviews are held in June and July. You will know if you have been accepted by September 1. You will have to apply to DePaul University after you have been accepted into NorthShore University. You will begin your program the following September.
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at NorthShore CRNA.
Tuition is calculated at the 2015-2016 rates. 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: $74,800
*Fees and expenses: $4,145
Grand Total: $78,945
*This includes the cost of books and supplies, test fees and miscellaneous school fees.
Approximately 20 students are accepted each year.
Number of Applicants
Approximately 180 applicants per year. About 60 are interviewed.
When did this CRNA Program begin?
CRNA Program Summary
Academic and Clinical Experience
Are you concerned that the NorthShore CRNA Program won’t give you the specific experiences or training you need to be a successful CRNA? Learn what standards CRNA Programs must meetin 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 year is devoted to coursework in nursing practice, applied science, advanced physical assessment, and pharmacology. There is no clinical residency in the first year.
Academic coursework is woven throughout the 21 month clinical residency and includes advanced principles of practice, research, leadership, program evaluation, seminar presentations, clinical conferences, and professional meetings.
Clinical residency consists of seven practicums where you will work under the instruction/supervision of a CRNA or anesthesiologist. As you gain more competence, you’ll be given more responsibility. A selection of 14 clinical sites provides an intense and diverse clinical experience.
You’ll administer general and regional anesthesia to all patient populations and for all surgical and diagnostic procedures including but not limited to general surgery, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, geriatrics, transplant, thoracic, open heart, neurosurgery, trauma and office based anesthesia.
You’ll administer approximately 950 anesthetics during your residency.
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CRNA Program Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited university
Current and unrestricted RN license in Illinois
Minimum of two years nursing experience in critical care
Acceptable critical care experience includes:
- ICU (Intensive Care Unit)
- SICU (Surgical Intensive Care)
- MICU (Medical Intensive Care)
- CVICU (Cardiovascular Intensive Care)
- PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit)
- CCU (Coronary Care Unit)
- CTICU (Cardio Thoracic Intensive Care Unit)
They do not accept:
- OR (Operating Room)
- PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit)
- NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care)
- Cardiac Step-down
- Emergency Room
- other specialty areas of nursing practice
Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all coursework and a minimum compiled GPA of 3.5 on the previous 60 hours of college coursework.
300 on the verbal and quantitative sections and a 4.0 on the written analytical section; for GREs taken prior to Summer 2011, a score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative sections and a 4.0 on the written analytical section. Must be less than 5 years old. Scores must be sent to both NorthShore and DePaul University.
Test of Foreign Language (TOEFL) may be required for applicants who speak English as a second language.
- BCLS (Certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support )
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
Shadow day with a CRNA is strongly recommended.
CRNA Educational Requirements
- Organic Chemistry (or Biochemistry) must be taken within the last five years.
- Scientific writing course completed prior to matriculation
- College Physics is strongly recommended.
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – U.S. News & World Report (2011)
2.4 out of 5.0. Ranked 72 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.
NorthShore CRNA school was last reviewed 10/2015. It was given the maximum of 10 yearsaccreditation and will be reviewed again 10/2025. This shows that the program is very stable.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at NorthShore CRNA School
- First-time test takers: 90% for class of 2015
- National average (2008): 89%
0% Class of 2015
CRNA Employment Rate of program graduates
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Illinois
Illinois CRNA salaries are about the same as the U.S. average and fluctuate around the$145,000-170,000 range.
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?
The program is designed for full time study. During clinical residency (the last two years), the time commitment to residency, lectures, and personal study averages 56 hours a week.
Can I work as an RN while I’m in the program?
There is no clinical residency during the first year, and SRNA’s may be able to work part time.
During clinical residency (year 2-3), the weekly commitment averages 56 hours a week precluding working on a routine basis.
What makes DePaul University unique?
It is one of the oldest schools in the U.S., and the School of Nurse Anesthesia was the first program to be accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs in 1952.
All information given on this site about NorthShore CRNA School was taken directly from their website.
*This page was updated March 8th, 2016.*
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