University Missouri Kansas City is one of four CRNA schools in Missouri.
Truman Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia
University Missouri Kansas City
Kansas City, MO 64108
Program Director Information
Amber Davies, CRNA, DNP
Director of Education
Clinical Assistant Professor at UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies
CRNA Degree offered
Doctor of Nursing Practice – Nurse Anesthesia degree program
September 1st. All requirements must be met prior to application. Interviews, when granted, will be held in October/November with acceptance notices being mailed in December.
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at Truman Medical Center.
Please note that tuition is calculated at the 2015-2016 rate. These costs assume a 5% increase in tuition each year.
Cost of In State Tuition: $39,123
*Fees and expenses: $24,350
Grand Total: $63,473
Cost of Out of State Tuition: $73,150
*Fees and expenses: $24,350
Grand Total: $97,500
*This includes a $21,000 clinical fee as well as an estimated $3,350 for text books and other fees.
Note: Students can apply for residency after living in MO for 1 year.
Are you concerned that Truman Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia 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.
This is a front-loaded 36-month graduate curriculum. During the first 12 months, students are enrolled full-time at UMKC. Thirty-six hours of graduate credit are taken towards fulfilling the requirements for a Master of Arts in Biology. Physiology, Pharmacology, Anatomy, Medical Neuroscience, and Biochemistry, as well as Research & Statistics, compose the graduate curriculum. Your future classmates will be students from the School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy and the School of Biological Sciences.
The anesthesia curriculum includes a broad fields orientation, professional aspects of Nurse Anesthesia, basic and advanced principles of anesthesia, as well as participation in Journal Club, morbidity and mortality conferences, clinical seminars and a certification exam review course. These courses will occur during the 24 month clinical practicum.
Truman Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia has 8 clinical sites, all in Missouri. Though you will be required to drive as much as four hours to get to your clinical site, housing will be provided at no charge when the drive time exceeds 90 minutes.
Regional anesthesia techniques are taught in the classroom, as well as in the clinical area. Students receive extensive experience in the administration of spinal, brachial plexus, epidural, interscalene, and intravenous techniques, as well as intraoperative management.
The clinical experiences available to students are rich and diverse – over 4,000 procedures are performed annually in TMC’s operating rooms, providing a generous geriatric experience, emergencies and trauma. More than 26% of the procedures are performed on ASA Class III or above patients. As a High Risk Pregnancy Center, the obstetrics department handles approximately 2,500 deliveries each year.
The pediatric rotation at Children’s Mercy Hospital provides nurse anesthesia students with one of the most extensive pediatric experiences in the country.
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Some CRNA schools require much more out of their applicants than others. See how the requirements at Truman Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia compare to most CRNA school’s requirements.
CRNA Program Requirements
Required Bachelor Degree
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or equivalent (a related basic science degree) and graduation from an approved school of nursing.
Current licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse (RN) in Missouri by admission.
Minimum one year critical care experience (ICU strongly preferred).
A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or better. Special emphasis is placed on GPA achieved in science and math courses. GPAs below 3.2 may be accepted on individual basis.
Minimum GRE scores:
GRE scores of 300 or higher(1000 older scale), a combination of verbal and quantitative scores. A writing score of 3.5 or higher. Must be taken within the last 5 years. Test scores need to be sent to both UMKC and TMC.
- BLS (Basic Life Support)
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
CRNA Course Prerequisites
- General Chemistry I (prefer B or better)
- Organic Chemistry (prefer B or better)
- freestanding Health Assessment (minimum B or better prior to first clinical course)
- Undergraduate Statistics or Quantitative Analysis – recommended but not required
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – U.S. News & World Report (2011)
2.4 out of 5.0. Ranked 72 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.
Truman Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia Nurse Anesthetist 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 in full compliance with the COA’s accreditation standards.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at Truman Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia
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: 93% – Class of 2015
- National average (2008): 89.9%
7% – Class of 2015
100% of graduates have attained employment within 60 days of graduation.
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Missouri
Missouri CRNA salaries are about the same as the US 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do they accept transfer students?
Yes, they do accept transfer students.
You will not be required to commit more than an average of 64 hours per week. This represents time for clinical practicum, classes, and preparation for class and clinical experience.
Can I work as an RN while I’m in the program?
Part-time employment is not recommended and should not interfere with academic and clinical commitments. Students who have academic or clinical problems should not seek part-time employment. At no point during the program can a student anesthetist, by position or responsibility, be employed at any time to administer anesthesia, at any location.
What are my “on call” commitments?
Students are assigned to take call with a CRNA Instructor following the completion of basic orientation. They do not have clinical commitments on the day following call but they are required to attend any scheduled classes on their day off after call.
Each student receives 10 personal days in each clinical year for a total of 20 days for the program during years 2 and 3. These days may be used for any purpose in which the student is absent (i.e.–sick, vacation, job interviews). While attending TMC/UMKC during the first year, students are required to follow the vacation and holiday schedules of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
All information given on this site about Truman Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia’s Nurse Anesthetist Program was taken directly from their website.
*This page was updated March 7th, 2016*
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