University of Alabama in Birmingham’s Nurse Anesthesia program is one of the largest CRNA programs in the country.
Susan McMullan, PhD, CRNA
Specialty Track Coordinator
Stacey Smith, Program Administrator II
Jacque Lavier, Program Manager
CRNA Degree offered
36 months, full time
102 semester hours
July 1st for the following year matriculation.
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at University of Alabama in Birmingham
Please note that tuition is calculated at the 2016-2017 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: $56,610
Fees and Expenses: $12,712
Grand Total: $69,322
*Cost of Out of State Tuition: $133,533
Fees and Expenses: $12,712
Grand Total: $146,245
Fees and expenses include application fee, books, lab equipment, electronic hand held device and graduation fee.
*Students may qualify for in-state tuition rates during the clinical experience.
Number of Applicants
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 three semesters are purely didactic, or academic.
You will begin your clinical experience during the fourth 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.
CRNA Program Requirements
Required Baccalaureate Degree
Baccalaureate degree in Nursing from an accredited registered nursing program. All BS degree work must be completed by interview prior to May start date.
Valid RN license to practice in the U.S.
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.
The GRE must be completed prior to application.
International students must submit scores for the TOEFL with a score of 500 or higher.
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)
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: 93% 2016
- National average: 85% (2015)
6% for class of 2016
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.
*This page was updated February 16th, 2017.*
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