The Rush University CRNA program was ranked #3 in 2011.
Rush University College of Nursing
Nurse Anesthetist Program
600 S. Paulina St.,
Armour Academic Center, #1034
Chicago, IL 60612
Michael J Kremer, CRNA, PhD, FAAN, Program Director
ph: (312) 942-6125
fax: (312) 942-8157
CRNA Degree offered
Doctor of Nursing Practice Concentration in Nurse Anesthesia
86 credit hours
May or September see note below
Please Note: The full-time DNP program is 40 months in length and begins in the fall term. Students are officially admitted in the summer term to allow them to take prerequisite courses as admitted students. If students have already taken the prerequisite courses or they do not wish to take courses in the summer term, then their full-time program of study begins in the fall term.
- August 1st, 2017 (Summer 2018 start)
Your application must be verified by NursingCAS and all supporting documentation received by August 1st to be considered for the early admission deadline.
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at Rush University College of Nursing.
Tuition is calculated at the 2015 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: $91,676
Fees and expenses: $2,100
Grand Total: $93,776
*Fees and expenses include the application fee and estimated cost of textbooks.
24-28 students are admitted each year. A waitlist will be determined at the same time admission decisions are made.
Academic and Clinical Experience The Rush University College of Nursing MSN program is an academically front-loaded program with gradually increasing clinical experience during the first 12 months. Following successful completion of the didactic sequence, you’ll begin a 15 month clinical residency.
During this residency, you’ll learn to provide anesthesia for every type of surgical patient including thoracic, cardiovascular, neurological, transplant, trauma, obstetrics, and others. The time commitment throughout the program is extensive.
CRNA Program Requirements
Completion of a BSN from an accredited institution.
RN license (for the application, an Illinois license is not required)
Have a minimum of one year of recent, full-time experience as an RN in an adult ICU at the time of the application deadline (two years of such experience is strongly preferred). It is most competitive to be currently working in the ICU at the time of application.
Acceptable critical care experience includes any experience in an ICU or Cardiac Care Unit. They have no preference of one type of ICU over another (medical vs. surgical vs. neuro vs. burn/trauma vs. CV):
They do NOT accept:
- Recovery Room
- Emergency Department
- Invasive Radiology
- Operating Room
- Cath Lab
- An overall undergraduate GPA of a 3.0
- An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in nursing courses
- An overall science GPA of 3.0 OR completion of at least 10 credits of graduate level sciences with a 3.0 average or better
- A Graduate GPA of 3.0 (if applicable)
Science Courses included in Science GPA calculation – all undergraduate or graduate:
Completion of the GRE. To be competitive, your GRE scores should be at least Verbal 151 or higher, Quantitative 151 or higher and Analytic Writing 4.0 or higher.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for students who are non-native speakers of English or who have not completed a minimum of three (3) years of higher education and received their baccalaureate degree in the United States.
Certifications must be completed before the application deadline:
- BLS (Basic Life Support)
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – U.S. News & World Report (2011)
3.9 out of 5.0. Ranked 4 out of 107 CRNA programs. Rank unchanged since 2007.
*Please note: CRNA rankings are somewhat bias and subjective. Read disclaimer about how CRNA rankings are created.*
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
Rush University College of Nursing’s CRNA Program was last reviewed 05/2015. It was given the maximum of 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 05/2025. This shows that the program is very stable.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at Rush University
- First-time test takers: 96% (Class of 2014)
0% (Class of 2015)
100% (Class of 2015)
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.
*This page was updated June 15th, 2017.*
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