Sacred Heart Medical Center Spokane & Gonzaga University's CRNA Program

Gonzaga University is the only CRNA school in Washington.

Sacred Heart Medical Center Spokane Nurse Anesthesia School

Sacred Heart Medical Center Spokane
Gonzaga University
Master of Anesthesiology Education Program
101 West 8th Ave., P.O. Box 2555
Spokane, WA 99220

Contact Information
Margaret R Meyers, CRNA, MAE, Program Director
Scot Pettey, CRNA, DNAP, Program Director
ph: (509) 474-4971
fax: (509) 474-5345

Quick Facts

CRNA Degree offered
Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP)

Program Length
36 months, full time

Credit Hours

Starting Month

Application Deadline
November 1

Selection is made in February for the class entering the following January. One alternate is selected; if not used as an alternate, he/she is automatically placed in the class entering the following year. Additional applicants may be waitlisted, but will not be guaranteed placement.

Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at Sacred Heart Medical Center Spokane.

Tuition is calculated at the 2014-2015 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 In State Tuition: $93,215
*Fees and expenses: $4,655
Grand Total: $97,870

*This includes the cost of books, supplies, test fees and miscellaneous school expenses. This figure is an estimation based on typical fees and expenses in a nurse anesthesia program.

Sacred Heart Medical Center Spokane Tuition Link

Class Size

When did this CRNA Program begin?
In 1979

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CRNA Program Summary

Are you concerned that the Sacred Heart Medical Center Spokane 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 first semester is primarily didactic; clinical practicum begins during the second semester. The education core content is integrated throughout the curriculum.

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Program Requirements

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 Sacred Heart Medical Center Spokane compare to most CRNA school’s requirements.

CRNA Program Requirements

Baccalaureate degree in nursing or an equivalent degree.

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Current RN license with eligibility for licensure in Washington

Critical Care:
Two years experience as a registered nurse, with at least one of those years full time in an adult critical care setting with two years preferred (within the last 5 years).

Examples of acceptable critical care experience include:

  • General ICU
  • Adult specialty ICU
  • Coronary Care ICU

Required competencies include:

  • Management of adult patients on ventilators
  • Vasoactive drugs
  • Invasive monitors
  • Long-term bedside assessment of critically ill patients

3.0 minimum, 3.2 preferred

Minimum GRE scores:
Official Graduate Records Exam (GRE) test scores at the 25th percentile or higher, taken within the past five years.


  • CCRN (Certified Critical Care Nurse)

Science Course Prerequisites (must be taken prior to interview)

  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Physiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Anatomy

Sacred Heart Medical Center Spokane’s CRNA program website

Sacred Heart Medical Center

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CRNA School Performance

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.
Sacred Heart Medical Center Spokane Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 10/2008. It was given 8 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 10/2016. This shows that the program is fairly stable.

Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at Gonzaga University
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: 94.4% (last 5 years)

Attrition Rate 

Employment Rate 

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CRNA Salaries

An average nurse anesthetist salary in Washington
Washington CRNA salaries are about the same as the national average and range from $150k-$170k.

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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Frequently Asked Questions

Is health insurance provided by Sacred Heart Medical Center Spokane? “The Medical Center provides health insurance for students only. Dental and vision insurance are not provided. Spouse/family health only coverage may be obtained for an additional premium. Individual and family health insurance is also available through Gonzaga.“

How many vacation days do I get? “A total of thirty-five (35) days is allotted for excused time off during the twenty-eight (28) month program. This includes sick time, vacation time and interview time. Absence exceeding thirty-five (35) days must be made up at the end of the program.

“The following holidays are observed: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving (2 days) and Christmas. In addition, one week's leave is granted between Christmas and New Year's Day, exclusive of thirty-five (35) days allowed as excused time off.

“First year students are required to take one week off between the first and second semesters in May. That week is excluded from the above time.”

What are my hours of duty?
“During the first semester of school, classes may be scheduled between 7:00am and 5:00pm. After the first semester clinical duty begins at 6:00am. Evening classes or seminars may occasionally be held. Any student wishing to leave early must report to the Medical Center Program Director or the Clinical Director.”

Can I work as an RN while I’m in the program?
“Nursing positions in addition to attendance in the School of Anesthesia must not exceed 20 hours per week. Part-time employment is acceptable if a student shows by his/her grades, punctuality, health, alertness in classes and clinical assignments that he/she can handle the extra duty.

“At no time is nursing employment to interfere with class assignments or anesthesia case assignments, and may not exceed 20 hours per week. Students cannot work 11:00pm to 7:00am preceding any work or call day.”

FAQs are quoted directly from Gonzaga University’s CRNA program website.

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See CRNA School Reviews

All information given on this site about Sacred Heart Medical Center Spokane's Nurse Anesthetist Program was taken directly from their website.

*This page was updated October 19th, 2014.*

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