University of Alabama in Birmingham's CRNA Program

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

UAB's Nurse Anesthesia Program
NB 1007
Birmingham Alabama, 35294-1210
(205) 934-7412

Contact Information 
Laura Wright, PhD, MNA, CRNA Director 
ph: (205) 975-5700
email: wrightel@uab.edu

Stacey Smith, Program Administrator II
staceysmith@uab.edu

Quick Facts

CRNA Degree offered
Master of Nurse Anesthesia (M.N.A.). Pending approval, the nurse anesthesia program will move to the School of Nursing in August 2012 and students will receive a MSN degree.

Program Length
27 months, full time

Credit Hours
112 semester hours (45 are given for clinical rotations)

Starting Month
August

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

Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at University of Alabama in Birmingham
Please note that tuition is calculated at the 2013-2014 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: $52,633
Fees and Expenses: $6,590
Grand Total: $59,223

*Cost of Out of State Tuition: $121,737
Fees and Expenses: $6,590
Grand Total: $128,327

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

Class Size
50-55

Number of Applicants
200-250

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
  • Mobile, Alabama
  • Montgomery, Alabama
  • Jackson, Mississippi
  • Pensacola, Florida
  • Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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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.

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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RN
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

GPA
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.

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

Certifications
No certifications are required for admission.

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 program website

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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: 94-95%
  • National average: 88% (2007-2012)

Attrition Rate
8% for class of 2010-2012 

Employment Rate 
100%

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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 October 12th, 2013.*

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