Samford University is one of two CRNA schools in Alabama. Please note in May of 2018 they are transitioning to a DNP program that will be 36 months and 94 credits.
Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
Department of Nurse Anesthesia
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229
Allyson Maddox, Director of Graduate Student Services
CRNA Degree offered
Master of Science in Nursing with a Nurse Anesthetist focus
As of May 2018, they will be offering the Doctor of Nursing Practice.
28 months, full-time – MSN
36 months, full-time – DNAP (starting may 2018)
The university also offers an online option for experienced CRNAs who wish to obtain an MSN degree. The flexible BSN to MSN program can be completed in one year.
82 credits – MSN
94 credits – DNAP
January – MSN
May – DNAP
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at Samford University Alabama.
Please note that tuition is calculated at the 2016-2017 rates. 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: $90,261
Fees and expenses: $5,800
Grand Total: $96,061
Number of Applicants
CRNA School affiliation
It is founded as a Baptist, Christian school and incorporates Christian values into its curriculum.
When did this CRNA Program begin?
CRNA Program Summary
Are you concerned that the Samford University Alabama 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.
You’ll spend the first Summer and Fall semesters immersed in classwork and it is all online. You may potentially be able to continue working during this time.
The following January is when you’ll begin the on-campus (face-to-face) didactic courses full-time.
You’ll and then finish up your education with clinical rotations in both rural and city hospitals. Working 40 hours a week, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to practice regional anesthesia, and gain a variety of experience that will make you a well-rounded nurse anesthetist.
CRNA Program Requirements
Required Baccalaureate Degree
Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a NLNAC or CCNE accredited program completed before the application deadline
Unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse
1-year full-time Acute Care experience as an RN. Acceptable critical care experience includes:
- Medical ICU
- Surgical ICU
- Neuro ICU
- Neonatal ICU
- Pediatric ICU
- Burn ICU
- Trauma ICU
- Cardiac Care Unit
- Cardiovascular Recovery
They do not accept:
- Emergency Department
- Recovery Room
- Operating Room
A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required.
GPAs are calculated four ways. There is a cumulative calculation, in which all undergraduate college credits are included. The last 60 credits, science and math courses, and graduate courses are also calculated. If a course is taken twice, both grades are included. Grades are not weighted according to pluses and minuses. One individual calculates all the GPAs so there is one standard applied to all applicants.
On the revised test, minimum scores of 153 verbal, 144 quantitative, 4 analytical writing are required. The minimum acceptable combined score on the older version of the GRE is 1000. Scores must be from within the past 5 years. MAT is not accepted.
International applicants or American citizens who learned English as a second language must score at least 550 (paper), 213 (computer) or 80 (internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
No certifications are required for admission.
Applicants must have completed the following prerequisite undergraduate courses with a “B” or better:
- General Chemistry
- General Research
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – Schools by Rank
Ranked 20 out of over 100 schools for the 2015 MSN graduating class.
*Please note: Read about how CRNA rankings are created.*
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
Samford University Alabama Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 5/2015. It was given 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 5/2025. This shows that the program is very stable.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at Samford University Alabama
- First-time test takers: 92% (2016)
- National average (2016): 84.5%
CRNA Employment Rate of program graduates
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Alabama
Alabama CRNA salaries tend to be below the national average around $158,000.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $173,129 (according to a 2016 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
What is it like to live in Homewood, AL?
Homewood, AL is a beautiful small community (population: 23,000) with a high standard of living and a low crime rate. It is predominately Christian and the majority of the people are well educated.
What are the people like at Samford University Alabama?
Based on various blog posts of people who have attended their program, the people at SU are exceptionally friendly and kind. The program director and supporting faculty have all received raving reviews from former students and the overall atmosphere of the school was given a solid two thumbs up.
CRNA School Reviews
All information given on this site about Samford University Alabama’s Nurse Anesthetist Program was taken directly from their website.
*This page was updated October 4th, 2017.*
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