University of Cincinnati Ohio's
CRNA Program

Of the eight accredited nurse anesthesia programs in Ohio (seven permanent and one distance education), University of Cincinnati is offering a BSN-DNP program starting January 2016. 

University of Cincinnati College of Nursing

University of Cincinnati Ohio
Office of Student Affairs
College of Nursing
P.O. Box 210038
Cincinnati, OH 45221

Contact Information

Beth Ann Clayton, CRNA, MS
Program Director
(513) 584-2440

You can also contact the Office of Student Affairs at or (513) 558-3600.

Quick Facts

CRNA Degree offered
Master of Science in Nursing - No longer accepting students for the MSN program.  Starting Jan 2016 they will offer a BSN-DNP program.

Program Length 
36 months - 9 semesters

Credit Hours 
104 semester hours

Starting Month

Application Deadline
December 15, 2014 - February 15, 2015 for January 2016 admission.

Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at University of Cincinnati Ohio.
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: $69,365
*Fees and expenses: $4,183
Grand Total: $73,548

Cost of Out of State Tuition: $122,204
*Fees and expenses: $4,183
Grand Total: $126,387

*This estimate, provided by, represents the average cost of exam fees, supplies and text books.

University of Cincinnati Tuition Link

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CRNA Program Summary

Are you concerned that University of Cincinnati Ohio’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 conclusion of the program, allowing you to become a CRNA.

"The program is integrated, with the didactic portion being heavier during the first year. During third semester, students attend classes full time while spending a few days in the operating room for orientation and observation. At the beginning of the fourth semester, students are in the operating room one or two days per week. As clinical time increases, class time decreases. From the fifth semester onward, students are in the operating room full-time. The UC clinical experience is carefully tailored so that each graduate leaves the program fully prepared to immediately assume the role of CRNA."

Clinical experiences take place at twelve clinical sites including University Hospital, a Level 1 trauma center, the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Medical Center (which has the largest surgical service of any children’s hospital in the country) and several community hospitals.

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Program Requirements

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Some CRNA schools require much more out of their applicants than others. See how the requirements at University of Cincinnati Ohio compare to most CRNA school’s requirements.

CRNA Program Requirements

Required Baccalaureate Degree
Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited school

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A non-restricted RN license is required in order to apply to the program.

Critical Care
Minimum of one year of full-time critical care/intensive care experience as a RN within the last three years. Acceptable critical care settings include adult and pediatric intensive care units only. Priority is given to candidates currently working in a high acuity, large hospital ICU setting.

They will NOT accept the following units as critical care experience:

  • Neonatal ICU
  • ICU step-down
  • Operating Room
  • Post-anesthesia care unit
  • Invasive radiology/cardiology
  • Emergency Room

Science GPA 3.0 or higher on 4.0 scale

GRE Scores
On the revised GRE, a minimum score of 150 for Verbal Reasoning and a minimum score of 150 on Quantitative Reasoning are preferred.
On the older GRE, a minimum combined score of 1000 (verbal and quantitative) and a minimum score of 4.5 on the analytical writing sections are expected.
The GRE must be completed within the last 5 years.

For international students, official TOEFL or IELTS score report, with a score of of 100 or higher for TOEFL, 7.0 or higher for IELTS.


  • ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) is required for admission
  • CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse) is required for admission

Program Prerequisites
The program recommends applicants present evidence of the following with their application.

  • Current CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse) Certification
  • Experience shadowing a CRNA
  • Demonstrate leadership potential by being involved in the quality assurance and improvement of your critical care/intensive care unit as well as committee work in your hospital.

University of Cincinnati Ohio’s CRNA program website

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CRNA School Performance

CRNA School Rankings - U.S. News & World Report (2011)
2.9 out of 5.0. Ranked 32 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.
University of Cincinnati Ohio Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 10/2011. It was given the maximum of 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 10/2021. This shows that the program is in full compliance with the COA’s accreditation standards.

Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at University of Cincinnati Ohio:
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: 79% - 2014 MSN 
  • National average (2008): 89.9%

Attrition Rate
9.6% - 2014 MSN

CRNA Employment Rate of program graduates
100% - 2014 MSN

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CRNA Salaries

An average nurse anesthetist salary in Ohio
Ohio CRNA salaries are about the same as the national average and range from $145,000 to $170,000.

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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Are there expenses other than tuition and fees?

"Students must provide their own housing, meals, and transportation.

Students are required to have a computer with internet access and a Verizon cell phone with texting capabilities.  Students will be required to print materials for use in class throughout the program.

Students are required to provide proof of health insurance, or purchase it from the University at a cost of approximately $1500 per year.

Students are required to attend one state professional meeting per year.  Costs vary according to the location the student chooses.  Students may also attend a national professional meeting if they choose to do so.

Students may choose to attend a board review course at their own expense.

Scrubs are provided by the clinical sites.  Students must pay a refundable $25 deposit for scrub access.  Students must purchase a white lab coat and may purchase a warm-up jacket if desired."

Does the program follow the University calendar?

"Starting in the fourth semester, clinicals do not follow the University calendar.  Students will be scheduled in clinical full-time unless they are in class or on vacation.  Didactic courses follow the published University schedule."

What is the time commitment?

"UC’s anesthesia program is full-time. During the program, students can expect approximately 64 hours per week of class and clinical. This does not include time for preparation and studying. Students in the UC program are required to take in-house call on nights, weekends and holidays during some rotations as part of their scheduled clinical hours."

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All information given on this site about University of Cincinnati Ohio’s Nurse Anesthetist Program was taken directly from their website.

*This page was updated May 31st, 2015.*

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