Samuel Merritt University has a great reputation, both with employers and with students, and is centered in the heart of the Bay Area.
Samuel Merritt University
Nurse Anesthetist Program
School of Nursing – Providence Pavilion
3100 Summit Street, 3rd Floor
Oakland, CA 94609
Joseph Janakes, CRNA, MSN, Interim Program Director
Shawna Holbrook, admissions
CRNA Degree offered
Master of Science in Nursing
27 months, full time
November 1 and need to be submitted through NursingCAS.
Interview invitations are sent out mid-January with interviews being held mid-February.
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at Samuel Merritt University.
Tuition is calculated at the 2017-2018 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: $89,298
Fees and expenses: $3,335
Grand Total: $92,633
*Kaiser Permanente is competitively awarding $10,000 per year for 2 years ($20,000) to 20 applicants, forgivable after graduation if you are employed by a Northern California Kaiser facility.
Samuel Merritt University Tuition Link
This is a good link to show the break down of tuition and fees. Our total does not include the health insurance the school has available. But it does have the application fee and estimated cost of books included.
Number of Applicants
CRNA Program Summary
Are you concerned that the Samuel Merritt 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.
Consistent with most CRNA Programs, Samuel Merritt University is mostly front loaded. As a student here, your heaviest class load will be your first semester (19) units). During your second semester, you’ll finish up the bulk of your classes and gain an introduction to clinical anesthesia. This will help you put all of your knowledge in perspective.
You will continue your didactic learning through the remainder of the program, with increasing emphasis on your clinical experience. The following clinical experiences will prepare you for the full scope of practice in nurse anesthesia:
- General and regional techniques
- Conscious sedation
- Ancillary services such as pain management
- Interventional radiology procedures
- Emergency airway management
Under close and immediate supervision, you will be responsible for the administration and management of virtually all specialty surgery categories and common invasive monitoring modalities for the full range of patient age and acuity levels.
The graduates of Samuel Merritt University all reported that they were well prepared to enter the employment field as CRNAs and felt fully competent to assume their professional role.
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CRNA Program Requirements
Bachelor of Science in Nursing is preferred. RNs with baccalaureate degrees in other fields will be evaluated individually and additional course work may be required.
Current California licensure as a registered nurse – may be obtained after you’re accepted, must be available for new student orientation.
One year ICU experience at the time of interview required. Two to three years of critical care nursing experience is preferred. Experience must be within the last 5 years.
Acceptable critical care experience includes:
- Surgical ICU (including trauma, post-cardiovascular surgery, and neurosurgical specialty units)
- Medical ICU (coronary care, pulmonary care, and other medical sub-specialty units)
- Pediatric ICU
- Neonatal ICU
They do NOT accept:
- Emergency Room
Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 – average is 3.4.
Minimum last 60 semester or 90 quarter unit GPA of 3.0 – average is 3.6.
Minimum GRE scores:
A minimum score of 290 (309 was the competitive score in 2015). Must have been taken within the last 5 years.
For international students, the need for the TOEFL will be assessed based on information provided by the applicant on the application for admission. If it is needed, students will need to submit official TOEFL scores report, with a score of 100 or higher for TOEFL.
Certifications may be obtained after you’re accepted:
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
- CCRN highly recommended
Completion of a 1-2 day clinical shadowing experience with a CRNA or physician anesthesiologist.
- College Chemistry: Content to include inorganic, organic and/or biochemistry (6 – 8 semester units total)
- Statistics (3 semester units)
- Intro to Physics: Highly recommended (3 semester units)
The following information provides a snapshot of the student profile for those admitted into the nurse anesthesia program for 2016.
- Applicants – 124
- Admitted – 34
- Cumulative GPA – 3.42-3.64
- GPA in last 60 units – 3.39-3.89
- GPA in science prerequisites – 3.31-3.88
- GRE quantitative – 148-156
- GRE Verbal – 150-159
- GRE analytical (Mean) – 4
CRNA School Rankings – Schools by Rank
Ranked #12 for the 2015 graduating class.
*Please note: Read about how CRNA rankings are created.*
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
Samuel Merritt University Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 05/2014. It was given 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 05/2024. This shows that the program is very stable.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at Samuel Merritt University
- First-time test takers: 91.3% (2016)
- First-time test takers national average: 84.5% (2016)
CRNA Employment Rate of program graduates
An average nurse anesthetist salary in California
California CRNA salaries are among the highest in the U.S., largely because of the higher cost of living. Salaries average around $216k.
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.
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All information given on this site about Samuel Merritt’s Nurse Anesthetist Program was taken directly from their website.
*This page was updated August 31st, 2017*
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