University of Cincinnati Ohio's
CRNA Program

Of the eight accredited nurse anesthesia programs in Ohio (seven permanent and one distance education), UC has the lowest tuition.

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
William Terry Ray, PhD, CRNA, Program Director
ph: (513) 584-2440
fax: (513) 584-4003

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

Quick Facts

CRNA Degree offered
Master of Science in Nursing

Program Length
28 months (7 semesters)

Credit Hours
71 semester hours

Starting Month

Application Deadline
September 15th

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: $34,648
*Fees and expenses: $3,668
Grand Total: $38,316

Cost of Out of State Tuition: $80,017
*Fees and expenses: $3,668
Grand Total: $83,685

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

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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 students begin rotating in the operating room during the first term. Clinical time and responsibilities gradually increase throughout the program.

Clinical experiences take place at eleven 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. Non-restricted Ohio and Kentucky RN licenses required upon acceptance into 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
  • PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) is required upon acceptance
  • 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
  • Demonstrated eadership 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: 85.7% (2013)
  • National average (2008): 89.9%

Attrition Rate

CRNA Employment Rate of program graduates

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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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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 June 1st, 2014.*

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