The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities is one of four CRNA schools in Minnesota.
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
School of Nursing
Nurse Anesthesia Area of Study
5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Kathryn White, DNP, RN, CRNA, Program Director
CRNA Degree offered
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
36 months, full-time
102 semester credits
Cost of CRNA School at University of Minnesota Twin Cities
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.
In State Cost of Tuition: $99,000
*Fees and expenses: $2,065
Grand Total: $101,065
Out of State Cost of Tuition: $137,988
*Fees and expenses: $2,065
Grand Total: $140,053
Tuition rates and fees were calculated from information available from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. You will also find financial aid and scholarship information here too.
*This total includes the estimated cost of textbooks and the application fee.
Nurse anesthesia faculty review applicant files in early September; interviews are conducted in November. All applicants receive a letter informing them of whether or not they are granted an interview. They typically interview 30 applicants for the 12 positions.
Students are chosen for the program in late November/ early December.
The three-year (9 semesters) DNP curriculum integrates anesthesia didactic coursework, anesthesia clinical experiences, and DNP coursework. The program follows an Executive Model of education where the majority of coursework is online combined with about 8 on-campus sessions each year
Your clinical experience will primarily be held at Minneapolis VA Medical Center. In addition, you will rotate to several urban and rural clinical sites, which offer a broad spectrum of practice experiences. Some of the clinical sites are required, and some are optional. All required clinical sites are within daily driving distance of the campus.
When you graduate, you will possess expertise in general and regional anesthesia techniques and will be prepared to provide leadership in the practice setting.
The program was the first nurse anesthesia program in the U.S. to be accredited to offer the entry-level Doctor of Nursing Practice. At University of Minnesota Twin Cities, the DNP replaced the Master’s degree in Anesthesia in the fall of 2009.
CRNA Program Requirements
Required Bachelor Degree
You MUST have a baccalaureate degree with a nursing major (or entry-level Master of Nursing.) The qualified nursing programs are also accredited by CCNE or NLNAC.
You must hold an RN license in the state in which you will complete clinical courses.
1 year of critical care nursing experience required. The average accepted student has approximately three years of high-acuity adult surgical critical care experience.
Acceptable critical care experience is nursing care which, on a daily basis, includes managing invasive hemodynamic monitors, cardiac assist devices, mechanical ventilation, and vasoactive drips. The following critical care areas are preferred:
- Surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
- Cardiothoracic ICU
- Coronary ICU
- Medical ICU
- Pediatric or Neonatal ICU
Other critical care experience is considered on an individual basis.
Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 or above. Successful applicants typically have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.4 or above (on a 4.0 scale). Each applicant will be considered individually for any exception to the stated requirements.
GRE exam scores are required for admission, and the exam must have been taken within the last 5 years. Applicants who hold a Master’s degree may be eligible for a GRE waiver.
Preferred scores are a minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 1000 on the older GRE General Test or a minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 297 on the revised GRE General Test.
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – U.S. News & World Report (2011)
2.7 out of 5.0. Ranked 48 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 Minnesota Twin Cities Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 01/2009. It was given the maximum of 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 10/2018. This shows that the program is in full compliance with the COA’s accreditation standards and is very stable.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at University of Minnesota Twin Cities
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: 73% (Class of 2014)
- National average (2008): 89.9%
CRNA Employment Rate of program graduates
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Minnesota
Minnesota CRNA salaries are slightly higher than the national average and range from $160,000-$180,000.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do they look for in an applicant?
At the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, the typical successful applicant has an undergraduate GPA of 3.4 to 4.0, approximately three years of high-acuity adult surgical critical care experience, good personal references, and knowledge about what a CRNA does on a daily basis.
With the implementation of the DNP curriculum, the Admissions Committee at University of Minnesota Twin Cities will look for evidence of leadership potential. They look at each applicant individually, and make a decision based on all the criteria.
How many vacation days will I have?
The 36-month nurse anesthesia program runs year around. You’ll get a 2-week winter break, 1-week spring break, and 1-week summer break each year of the program.
Are sign-on bonuses available when I graduate?
The shortage of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) has prompted many employers (primarily hospitals) to award significant sign-on bonuses in return for some years of service to the awarding hospital. Often the sign-on bonuses are paid during school to offset tuition and living expenses.
All information given on this site about the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Nurse Anesthetist Program was taken directly from their website.
*This page was updated May 30th, 2016.*
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