Rosalind Franklin University's
Nurse Anesthetist Program

This is one of the five CRNA schools in Illinois.

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Nurse Anesthetist Program
3333 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064

Sandra Larson, PhD, CRNA, MSN, APN, Program Director & Chair

Contact Information
Sandra Larson, PhD, CRNA, MSN, APN, Program Director & Chair
ph: (847) 578-3400
fax: (847) 775-6574

Quick Facts

CRNA Degree offered
Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia

Program Length
27 months Full-Time

Credit Hours
104 quarter hours

Starting Month

Application Deadline
Applications are accepted only through from mid-March through June 30. Interviews occur in mid-August.

Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at Rosalind Franklin University.

Tuition is calculated at the 2013-2014 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: $84,300
*Fees and expenses: $5,063
Grand Total: $89,363

*This includes the cost of health insurance, books and supplies, test fees and miscellaneous school expenses.

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CRNA Program Summary

Are you concerned that the Rosalind Franklin 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.

Academic Experience
You’ll spend your first year in the classroom and engrossed in textbooks. You’ll be building a solid foundation of knowledge on which you’ll build your nurse anesthesia practice.

Clinical Experience
In the spring of your second year, you’ll begin your work in the hospital. You’ll be in the clinical area five days a week (no more than 40 hours a week). You’ll be supervised by CRNA’s and anesthesiologists as you practice what you learned in class. This portion will make up 62 of your credit hours.

During this time, you’ll get to return to campus one day a month to review clinical experiences, critique journal articles, present key words, review for the boards, and get feedback on your master’s project.

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Program Requirements

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Some CRNA schools require much more out of their applicants than others. See how the requirements at Rosalind Franklin University compare to most CRNA school’s requirements.

CRNA Program Requirements

Required Bachelor Degree:
Baccalureate degree from an accredited college or university

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Current license as a registered nurse in the U.S. Wisconsin and Illinois Nursing Licensures must be maintained.

Critical Care:
At least one year, preferably two, of experience as an RN in ICU.

Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Overall undergraduate nursing GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0

A graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (if applicable)

Minimum GRE scores:

An official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. This exam must be taken within the past five years and scores must be received in the Graduate Admissions Office by June 30th.

Competitive GRE scores. (Though not specified by Rosalind Franklin University, competitive GRE scores tend to be above 1000)

Acceptable TOEFL scores for applicants whose primary language is not English. (Though not specified by RFU, acceptable TOELF scores tend to be better than 550).

TOEFL may be waived at the University’s discretion for the following:

  • Applicants who have been full-time students in a United States college or university for at least two consecutive years.
  • Applicants from countries in which English is the primary language.


  • ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
  • PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
  • BLS (Basic Life Support)

Rosalind Franklin University CRNA program website

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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.
This Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 10/2012. It was given 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 2022. This shows that the program is in full compliance with the COA’s accreditation standards.

Exam pass rate for first time takers is 91.3% (class of 2013)

Employment rate is 100% (class of 2012)

Attrition rate is 4.8% (class of 2012)

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CRNA Salaries

An average nurse anesthetist salary in Illinois
Illinois CRNA salaries are about the same as the U.S. average and fluctuate around the $145k-170k 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.

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All information given on this site about Rosalind Franklin University's Nurse Anesthetist Program was taken directly from their website.

*This page was updated June 22nd, 2014.*

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