Union University Jackson TN
CRNA Program

Union University Jackson TN strives for academic excellence and a Christ-centered, people focused and future directed program.

Union University Jackson TN
Union University School of Nursing
Nurse Anesthesia Track
1050 Union University Drive
Jackson, TN 38305

Contact Information
Nursing Admissions
ph: (731) 661-6545
fax: (731) 661-5504
email: nursingadmissions@uu.edu

Nurse Anesthesia Admissions
Carrie Cantrell
email: ccantrell@uu.edu
phone: 731-661-5124
Fax: 731-661-5504

Faculty and Staff

Quick Facts

CRNA Degrees offered
BSN-DNP Program, Doctor of Nursing Practice Completion Degree

Program Length
36 months, full time

Credit Hours
99 semester hours

Starting Month

Application Deadline
October 1st - priority deadline, December 1st - second priority deadline, February 1st - final deadline

Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at Union University Jackson TN.
Tuition is calculated at the 2015-2016 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 Tuition: $81,000
*Fees and expenses: $2,115
Grand Total: $83,115

*This includes the estimated cost of books and application fee. 

When did this CRNA Program begin?
January 3, 2006

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CRNA Program Summary

Are you concerned that Union University Jackson TN’s 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 end of the program, allowing you to become a CRNA.

As a student in this front-loaded program, you’ll spend your first year and a half engrossed in the crna program’s didactic curriculum. During this time, you’ll have the privilege of using a simulation lab that depicts a real-life operating room.

The state-of-the-art Human Patient Simulator (HPS) will give you the opportunity to experience advanced problem-based learning techniques including exposure to critical low-frequency anesthetic events.

As a part of your clinical experience, you’ll rotate through several of the 18 clinical sites throughout Tennessee (Jackson, Memphis, Bartlett, Paris), Arkansas (West Memphis), Alabama (Florence) and Kentucky (Paducah).

A unique aspect of Union University Jackson TN’s CRNA Program is their emphasis on total health, and unlike many schools that were once founded by a religious organization, Union’s CRNA program is still utilizing a God-centered approach.

They encourage patient wellness, recognizing that a person is the summation of their mind, body and spirit, made in the image of God. Illness is an absence of integrated wholeness.

As a part of their emphasis on wellness, they do not allow the use of drugs or alcohol (including cigarettes) within their program. They perform random drug tests (for all students) as well as individual drug tests (if they have reason to suspect a student is doing drugs).

The first positive drug test (having an alcohol test result of 0.04 or greater alcohol concentration or positive drug test) will result in disciplinary action (suspension and mandatory drug counseling). The second positive test will result in termination to the program.

If you’re looking for a Christian school that promotes biblical values and high ethical standards (and you don’t drink or do drugs), this is a great program for you.

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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 Union University Jackson TN compare to most CRNA school’s requirements.

CRNA Program Requirements

Required Bachelor Degree
Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited program.  Also accept other Bachelor degrees as long as you can show evidence of the general education requirements.

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You must have a current RN license within one of the 50 states be eligible for an RN license in Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi.

Critical Care:
A minimum of 1 year critical care experience as an RN (developing critical thinking skills, working with ventilators, numerous vasoactive drugs [e.g., nitroglycerine, sodium nitroprusside, dopamine, amiodarone], arterial and central lines, interpretation of hemodynamic data as well as electrocardiograms).

Experience as a preceptor and/or charge nurse preferred.

Acceptable critical care experience includes:

  • Coronary Care Unit
  • Medical ICU
  • Surgical ICU
  • Postoperative Unit
  • Cardiovascular ICU

Other types of experience may be acceptable but must be approved by the program.

Last 60 hours cumulative GPA of 3.0. In addition, they also look at your science courses (general chemistry, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, statistics). They compare your science GPA to your last 60 hours GPA when considering your overall GPA.

Minimum GRE scores:
Graduate Record Exam is not required, though they will accept your scores if you already have them.


  • PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) preferred
  • ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) preferred
  • **CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse)

*Though not required as part of the application process, you will need to maintain these certifications throughout the program.

**Not required but preferred

International students must complete TOEFL with WES evaluations of transcripts.

Course Prerequisites (they look at your grades for these courses)

  • Undergraduate statistics course  
  • Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2

Union University Jackson TN’s CRNA program website

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CRNA School Performance

CRNA School Rankings - U.S. News & World Report (2011)
2.0 out of 5.0. Ranked 100 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.
Union University Jackson TN Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 05/2012. It was given the maximum of 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 5/ 2022. This shows that the program is in full compliance with the COA’s accreditation standards.

Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at Union University Jackson TN
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: 72% (2015)
  • National average (2008): 89.9%

Retention Rate
2015: 11%

CRNA Employment Rate of program graduates
100%: 2015

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CRNA Salaries

An average nurse anesthetist salary in Tennessee
The average Nurse Anesthetist pay in Tennessee is an annual salary ranging from $150k-180k, which is a little higher than the national average.

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

Can I work as an RN while I’m in the program?
You are encouraged not to work, as the CRNA program is very demanding. Most students take out a non-certified alternative school loan to pay for their graduate education.

Vacation Days and Sick Leave
Throughout the 36 month program, you will be given a total of 57 days off.

During the first 12 months, this includes (but is not limited to) nine standard holidays (including Thanksgiving and Christmas) as well as spring break, and two weeks for Christmas. Other breaks are given and are detailed in the student handbook.

During months 13-31, you’ll be given 11 standard holidays (including Thanksgiving and Christmas) as well as one week for Christmas.

In addition to holidays, you’ll have a maximum of 12 days available for sickness, interview for employment, etc.

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All information given on this site about Union University Jackson TN's Nurse Anesthetist Program was taken directly from their website.

*This page was updated January 31st, 2016.*

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