As of January, 2011, Old Dominion University's Nurse Anesthetist Program is once again fully accredited.
Old Dominion Nurse Anesthesia School
Old Dominion University
School of Nursing
Nurse Anesthesia Program
4608 Hampton Boulevard
Norfolk, VA 23529
Nathaniel M. Apatov, MSN, PhD Assistant Program Director:
Karen E. Gillikin, MSNA
ph: (757) 368-4171
tf: (800) 572-2762
fax: (757) 368-4176
Quick Facts CRNA Degree offered
Master's of Science in Nursing, Post-Master's Certificate in Nurse Anesthesia
28 months, full time
80 credit hours
December 15, 2012
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at Old Dominion University.
Please note that tuition is calculated at the current 2012 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: $31,759
Fees and expenses: $4,360
Grand Total: $36,119
*Cost of Out of State Tuition: $80,079
Fees and expenses: $4,360
Grand Total: $84,439
*After one year of paying out of state tuition, you may apply for in-state tuition rates, thus significantly lowering your total cost of education.
Calculation was completed using their tuition calculator. To calculate it yourself, type in the following credit hours: Fall (35), Spring (24), Summer (21). This is based on the latest curriculum guide and the calculation represents no living off-campus with no meal plan.
When did this CRNA Program begin?
Old Dominion University’s Nurse Anesthesia Program was established in 1995 when two Norfolk, Virginia, Schools of Nurse Anesthesia merged to form a university-based program.
DePaul Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia, which was established in 1949, and the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia, which was established in 1951, agreed to merge into a single program based within the School of Nursing at Old Dominion University.
CRNA Program Summary
Are you concerned that Old Dominion University’s 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 Master's of Science in Nursing- nurse anesthesia program is front-loaded, therefore it is divided into an academic phase and a clinical phase.
“The first phase of the program is designed to introduce students to the basic theoretical knowledge and skills necessary for advanced nursing practice in nurse anesthesia.
“The second phase focuses on the clinical component, which is comprised of both general and regional anesthesia techniques.
“Extensive clinical sites incorporate the graduate registered nurse anesthetist into the clinical management of the: pediatric, obstetric, trauma, vascular, GI, GU, open heart, ENT, organ transplant, neurological and general surgical anesthesia.
“Multiple local primary sites give the student exposure to numerous practitioners with different backgrounds.
“We also offer elective clinical rotations which permit the student registered nurse anesthetist to increase her/his depth and breadth of anesthetic areas in which they have a special interest including shock-trauma, rural CRNA based practices, OB, and open heart.
“We do not compete with anesthesiology residents at our primary sites. ODU provides the student with the academic scientific basis and clinical skills required to provide quality anesthesia care.
“Clinical instruction is provided by both CRNA's and anesthesiologists. Our graduates far surpass the number of cases required by the Council on Accreditation.”
Clinical Sites range in distance. The three local primary clinical sites are no more than a 30 minute drive from the university. The two secondary enrichment sites (which are mandatory), are much farther. One of them, in Washington DC, is a 3 ½ hour drive, while the other is in Ohio, at a 9 ½ hour drive. There are 7 additional elective clinical sites.
Though not stated on their website, it is likely that you will spend several weeks/months at one time completing these two rotations, so there will be no daily commuting.
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CRNA Program Requirements
Required Bachelor Degree
Baccalaureate degree in a related science, Nursing preferred.
Current Licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse in Virginia.
A minimum of one year (2080 hours) of full time nursing experience in an intensive care unit within the 2 years prior to application. (2 years preferred) Clinical experience must be direct patient care.
They do not accept:
Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale and grades in each required science and nursing course in the undergraduate nursing program of 3.0 or above.
Satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (combined score of 300)
Undergraduate Course Prerequisites within 10 years of Application
Successful completion of Statistics (This class is excluded from the
other list, implying that it doesn’t need to be an undergraduate course,
nor does it need to be completed within 10 years of application)
Old Dominion University’s CRNA program website
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 is considered “less than adequate” by US News and World Report. It received no rank.
*Please note: CRNA rankings are bias and subjective. Read disclaimer about how CRNA rankings are created.*
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
Old Dominion University Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 1/11. Academic probation was lifted and they are fully accredited once again.
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Virginia
Virginia CRNA salaries are about the same as the national average and range from $140k to $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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are any of the classes offered online?
Within the entire curriculum, there are three courses that are offered online. These are core classes for the master’s in nursing component.
How many hours should I expect to be engaged in the program each week?
Though not stated on their website, the average time commitment for the didactic portion of a program ranges from 40-60 hours per week. This includes study time of 2 hours for every 1 hour of lecture.
During the clinical phase, the student may not work more than forty-eight hours of assigned clinical time per week.
Can I work as an RN while I’m in the program?
The program does not encourage or recommend employment; students may be employed during their enrollment with the Nurse Anesthesia Program as long as there is NO CONFLICT in time between employment and Program responsibilities. Faculty reserves the right to prohibit employment if clinical/or didactic educational responsibilities are not met.
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All information given on this site about Old Dominion University’s Nurse Anesthetist Program was taken directly from their website.
*This page was updated August 19th, 2012*