Rutgers CRNA Program
Rutgers School of Nursing
Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia
65 Bergen Street
Newark, NJ 07101
Thomas J. Pallaria, DNP, APN/CRNA
Anesthesia Program, Director (Interim), Director of Clinical Education
(973) 972-8950 (fax)
General Questions: (973) 972-7014
CRNA Degree offered
Doctor of Nursing Practice – Nurse Anesthesia
36 months, full time
85 semester credits
Submitted after June 1, final deadline is September 15th
Please note that 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 slightly higher than what is shown here.
Cost of In State Tuition: $68,510
*Fees and expenses: $4,558
Grand Total: $73,068
Cost of Out of State Tuition: $99,365
*Fees and expenses: $4,558
Grand Total: $103,923
*This includes the estimated cost of books, technology fees, orientation fee, application fee, student wellness fee and miscellaneous school expenses.
Number of Applicants
Are you concerned that Rutgers CRNA 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 curriculum is divided into an initial Didactic Phase, with opportunities for either full time or part time study; followed by a Clinical Specialty Phase, which can only be taken as a full time student. The Clinical Specialty Phase requires an on campus presence, but courses offered during the Didactic Phase will be available in distance or executive format, making it feasible to complete the didactic portion of the curriculum from any location, with very minimal campus presence.
The curriculum begins with a didactic phase during which many of the DNP core and scientific foundation courses are taken, providing the underpinnings for, and introduction to, the specialized curriculum that follows. Options will be available for students to complete the didactic phase as a full time student for 12 months, or to complete the same courses over a 24 month period as a part-time student. The twelve courses (34 credits) in the didactic phase will be available in either distance format or in an executive model that combines web-based learning with very limited face-to-face instruction. It will be feasible to complete the didactic phase from a distant location.
Anesthesia Clinical Specialty Phase – The final 24 months of study include 39 credits of didactic course work and 12 credits of clinical anesthesia practicum. These courses are offered only in the traditional or hybrid format, and are taken as part of a full time course of study. Classes, lectures, simulation labs and workshop are held on the RBHS campus in Newark NJ.
A challenging clinical practicum consisting of a minimum of 2400 hours is offered at fifteen premiere hospitals in Northern New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area. Specialty rotations in cardiovascular/thoracic, neurosurgical, pediatric, and obstetrical anesthesia, provide experiences that encompass the scope of anesthesia practice. General anesthesia, sedation, spinal, epidural and peripheral nerve blocks are administered to patients of all ages, all levels of acuity, and for an extensive variety of procedures from simple elective surgeries to highly complex and emergent procedures.”
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CRNA Program Requirements
Required Bachelor Degree
Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program.
You must submit a valid RN license with your application from ANY state. You will be required to obtain both a NJ & NY RN License before matriculation, should you be admitted.
A minimum of one complete year of full time, recent experience as a Registered Professional Nurse in a critical care setting with demonstrated proficiency in managing critically ill patients, mechanical ventilation, invasive hemodynamic monitoring, vasoactive IV infusions and aggressive fluid management.
Preferred areas of critical care experience include:
- Surgical ICU
- Cardio Thoracic ICU
- Neurosurgical ICU
- Pediatric ICU
- Burn or Trauma ICU
They may consider:
- Selected PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit), if care is comparable to other ICUs.
They do NOT accept:
- ER (Emergency Room)
- OR (Operating Room)
- Neonatal ICU
Best advice? When working in your critical care unit, ask questions and read. Your knowledge of physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology will be assessed during the interview process.
3.2 GPA where A=4.0. Under no circumstances, will they consider a candidate with less than a 3.0 GPA.
Grades earned in science courses are scrutinized closely.
GPA is a very big factor in the selection process.
Minimum GRE scores:
GRE is NOT required.
Students who are not graduates of a College or University in the United States must provide an official review of their transcript by WES or CGFNS and results of IELTS.
For all applicants who are not graduates of a US college or university:
- The minimum Paper based TOEFL score is 550.
- The minimum Computer based TOEFL score is 213
- The minimum IBT-internet based TOEFL (Writing 22, Speaking 23, Reading 21, Listening 17)
- ACLS (Advanced Life Support)
- CCRN – examination scores will be requested of candidates invited for an interview.
Certificates must be submitted with application.
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – U.S. News & World Report (2011)
2.5 out of 5.0. Ranked 63 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.
Rutgers CRNA program was last reviewed 05/2008. It was given the maximum of 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 05/2018. This shows that the program is in full compliance with the COA’s accreditation standards.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at Rutgers CRNA
Please note: It is extremely rare for a student at any CRNA school to not eventually pass the exam. Most students who don’t pass the first time pass the second. Very rarely does a person ever take it a third time. This statistic only measures how well the program prepares students to pass the test the first time around.
- First-time test takers: 88% (Class of 2015)
- National average (2008): 89.9%
19% for Class of 2015
An average nurse anesthetist salary in New Jersey
New Jersey CRNA salaries are about the same as the national average, ranging from $150 to $170.
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.
All information given on this site about Rutgers CRNA program was taken directly from their website.
*This page was updated September 25th, 2016.*
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