Oregon Health and Science University’s CRNA Program
School of Nursing
Nurse Anesthesia Program
3455 SW US Veterans Hospital Road
Portland, OR 97239
Kathleen Cook, DNP, MS, CRNA
ph: (503) 494-7725
CRNA Degree offered
Master of Nursing
27 months full time
104 quarter hour credits
Online applications are currently closed. They were available between Sept. 9, 2016 and Jan. 4, 2017. You will apply with NursingCAS.
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at OHSU Nursing.
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 In-State Tuition: $75,400
*Fees and expenses: $18,741
Grand Total: $94,141
Cost of Out of State Tuition: $76,960
*Fees and expenses: $18,741
Grand Total: $97,261
Number of Applicants
CRNA Program Summary
Are you concerned that the OHSU Nursing 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 CRNA Program at Oregon Health and Science University is 27 months full time program. It is integrated, meaning that the class work will be mixed with clinical experience during the first year of the program (the first 12 months). During this time, you’ll work in the Center for Clinical Simulation lab once a week, giving you the chance to practice what you’ve learned in class.
You’ll spend the next 15 months in clinical rotations (with rotations in various locations). During this time, you’ll gain experience and knowledge as you provide anesthesia services to all age groups with a wide variety of surgical and diagnostic procedures.
When you’re finished with OHSU Nursing Anesthesia Program, you’ll be well prepared to pass the certification exam and begin your career as a CRNA.
Looking for something specific? Find CRNA schools categorized by their unique requirements.
Some CRNA schools require much more out of their applicants than others. See how the requirements at OHSU Nursing compare to most CRNA school’s requirements.
CRNA Program Requirements
Bachelor of Science in Nursing or BS with a major in Nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.
Must have a current RN license and be eligible for a license from Oregon, Washington, or Idaho upon application. You will need an RN license for Oregon, Washington, and Florida for clinical experiences. You must obtain RN licensure in Oregon PRIOR to the beginning of classes and all licensures PRIOR to beginning clinical experiences.
One year recent, full-time, adult, critical care, ICU setting. Typically admitted applicants have two to five years of such experience. Experience gained in a high volume unit is best, as it gives you exposure to a larger variety of cases. Most recent experiences are given a priority.
Acceptable critical care experience includes:
- Medical ICU
- Surgical ICU
- Cardiac ICU
- Cardiovascular ICU (the most preferred ICU experience)
- Neurological ICU
- Trauma ICU
- Burns ICU
- Neonatal ICU
They are not likely to admit you if your experience is primarily in:
- Emergency Room
- Recovery Room
- Operating Room
Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Preference is given to students with a science GPA of 3.0 or better as well.
Minimum GRE scores:
It is recommended to have a minimum score of 144 in the quantitative section, 153 in the verbal section, and a minimum analytical writing score of 4.0 to be competitive
Certifications: required by the first day of classes
- BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support)
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
- CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse) – though not required, it makes you a much more competitive applicant
CRNA Educational Requirement
- *Basic Statistics with a grade of “B” or better within five years prior to entry into the master’s program.
*Portland Community College offers an online Statistics course that meets this requirement. If you have not met this requirement at the time of application, you’ll need to complete the course by the program start date.
OHSU Nursing Anesthesia Program’s website
CRNA School Rankings – U.S. News & World Report (2011)
2.9 out of 5.0. Ranked 32 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.
OHSU Nursing Anesthesia Program was last reviewed 10/2009. It was given 10 yearsaccreditation and will be reviewed again 10/2019. This shows that the program is very stable.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at OHSU
- First-time test takers: 92% Class of 2015
- National average (2008): 89.9%
7% Class of 2015
CRNA Employment Rate of program graduates
100% Class of 2015
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Oregon
Oregon CRNA salaries are about the same or a little lower than the national average and range from $135k-160k.
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.
Can I work as an RN while I’m in the program?
Generally, students are not employed while undertaking the Nurse Anesthesia program at OHSU Nursing. Even though employment while completing this program is strongly discouraged, it is possible for you to work during holidays and term breaks during the first year.
All information given on this site about OHSU Nurse Anesthetist Program was taken directly from their website.
*This page was updated January 30th, 2017.*
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