University of Alabama in Birmingham's CRNA Program

University of Alabama in Birmingham's Nurse Anesthesia program is one of the largest CRNA programs in the country.

UAB's School of Nursing
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham Alabama, 35294-1210
(205) 975-7529

Contact Information 
Susan McMullan, PhD, CRNA
Specialty Track Coordinator

Stacey Smith, Program Administrator II
(205) 934-7412

Quick Facts

CRNA Degree offered
Master of Science in Nursing 

Program Length
27 months, full time

Credit Hours
111 semester hours (51 are given for clinical rotations)

Starting Month

Application Deadline
June 1st - Early Decision
October 1st - Regular admission

Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at University of Alabama in Birmingham
Please note that tuition is calculated at the 2014-2015 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 In-State Tuition: $52,836
Fees and Expenses: $11,183
Grand Total: $64,019

*Cost of Out of State Tuition: $124,098
Fees and Expenses: $11,183 
Grand Total: $135,281

Fees and expenses include application fee, hospitalization insurance, dental insurance, books, lab equipment, electronic hand held device and graduation fee.

*Students may qualify for in-state tuition rates during the clinical experience. 

"Each student’s costs will vary depending upon state of residence, the number of credits taken in a semester, whether the student attends class live or through distance-accessible class, and several other factors. Fees vary with program or type of student, and certain fees may be waived." taken from University of Alabama in Birmingham's tuition and fee schedule

Class Size

Number of Applicants

Additional Locations
The University of Alabama in Birmingham Program is designed to enable students to complete the last 4 semesters of training in one of its regional sites. This allows students to return to their home communities to complete their training where they intend to practice. These locations include:

  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Dothan, Alabama
  • Huntsville, Alabama  
  • Montgomery, Alabama
  • Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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CRNA Program Summary

Are you concerned that the University of Alabama Birmingham 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.

Your first two semesters are purely didactic, or academic.

You will begin your clinical experience during the third semester, while you continue classroom work. Your clinical rotations will be scheduled in an attempt to provide each student with equal types of clinical experience. Throughout your CRNA training, you’ll learn how to:

  • Evaluate and assess patients pre, post, and intra- operatively
  • Plan the anesthetic management and immediate pre and post-anesthesia management
  • Develop and implement an appropriate anesthesia plan designated for patients of all ages with a variety of pathological conditions
  • Recognize emergency patient conditions and perform skills required during emergency life support situations
  • Recognize, evaluate, and prevent anesthesia complications.

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Program Requirements

CRNA Program Requirements

Required Baccalaureate Degree
Baccalaureate degree in Nursing. All BS degree work must be completed by December prior to the August start date.

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Valid RN license to practice in the U.S.

Critical Care:
1 year full time critical care experience as a RN. Critical care nurses are those caring for critically ill patients who require:

  • Invasive monitoring
  • Administration of vasoactive drugs

Acceptable critical care experience includes but is not limited to:

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

They do not consider experience in the following areas:

  • Emergency Room
  • Cath Lab
  • Step Down Units

Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate coursework, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for science prerequisites.

GRE Scores
The GRE must be completed prior to application. Competitive applicants will score 900 or above on the verbal and quantitative sections and 3.5 or higher on the analytical writing section.

International students must submit scores for the TOEFL with a score of 500 or higher.

No certifications are required for admission according to their website.

Program Prerequisites
Applicants must have completed the prerequisite undergraduate courses with a “C” or better:

  • Chemistry (3-4 credit hours)
  • Anatomy (3-4 credit hours)
  • Physiology (3-4 credit hours)
  • Microbiology (3-4 credit hours)
  • Descriptive Statistics (3 credit hours)

University of Alabama in Birmingham’s CRNA flyer

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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 somewhat bias and subjective. Read disclaimer about how CRNA rankings are created.*

Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
University of Alabama in Birmingham’s Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 10/2010. It was given 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 10/2020. This shows that the program is very stable.

Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at University of Alabama in Birmingham

  • First-time test takers: 94% 2013
  • National average: 88% (2007-2012)

Attrition Rate
8% for class of 2010-2012 

Employment Rate 

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CRNA Salaries

An average nurse anesthetist salary in Alabama
Alabama CRNA salaries tend to be below the national average and fluctuate around $120,000-140,000.

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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*This page was updated April 14th, 2015.*

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