University of Pittsburgh’s Nurse Anesthesia Program offers all of the assets and services of a large urban campus with the personal attention of a small program.
University of Pittsburgh
School of Nursing
Nurse Anesthesia Program
3500 Victoria Street
360A Victoria Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
John M O’Donnell, CRNA, MSN, DrPH, Program Director
ph: (412) 624-4860
fax: (412) 624-1508
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
36 months full time.
January 15th. Do not contact the anesthesia program for an application, applications are located online.
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at University of Pitt.
Tuition is calculated at the 2016-2017 rate. 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: $114,750
*Fees and expenses: $4,540
Grand Total: $119,290
Cost of Out of State Tuition:$133,434
*Fees and expenses: $4,540
Grand Total: $137,974
*This includes the cost of books and supplies, student activity and health fee and miscellaneous school expenses.
Class size is determined by the national employment market, clinical site availability and several other factors. University of Pittsburgh’s CRNA program has graduated anywhere from20-40 students each year over the last 10 years (most often they have graduated 30-40).
Number of Applicants
The large number of applicants is reflective of the current job market for CRNAs. Early application is highly recommended.
CRNA Program Summary
Are you concerned that the University of Pitt’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 curriculum design integrates the classroom and clinical courses after the first two semesters and consists of 38 core credits and 47 anesthesia specialty credits for the whole program.
All anesthesia classes are during daylight hours and student are not scheduled for clinical experiences on anesthesia class days. Core courses may be scheduled during evening hours and students’ clinical schedules are adjusted accordingly.
Clinical practice begins as two days/week in the third term and increases in both intensity and frequency throughout the course of study. Clinical in the last term is 5 days/week and is interspersed with clinical conferences and preparation sessions for the Certification Examination.
Specialty cases in cardiothoracic, neurosurgical, dental, organ transplantation, pediatrics, obstetrics, neonatal, burns and electroconvulsive therapy enrich the program.
A Skills Lab is available in the School of Nursing for workshops for specific procedures such as intubation, IV and arterial catheter insertion, and regional anesthesia.
The School of Nursing has a human simulator center that can be designed as a Mock OR for the use of the students in the Nurse Anesthesia Program. Simulation is used to teach basic and advanced anesthesia skills, problem based management, Anesthesia Crisis Resource Management (ACRM), and team training.
Looking for something specific? Find CRNA schools categorized by their unique requirements.
Some CRNA schools require much more out of their applicants than others. See how the requirements at University of Pitt compare to most CRNA school’s requirements.
CRNA Program Requirements
Bachelor of Science in Nursing is required.
Current registered nursing license. You’ll need a Pennsylvania license upon admission to the program.
One year of full time critical care experience within the past 5 years. You can apply to the program if you are currently employed in critical care and will have the necessary one year of full time experience before the start of the full time anesthesia component. Admission to the program is contingent upon fulfilling the critical care experience requirement.
Critical care experience should involve the following:
- Assessment of the critically ill and unstable patients
- Invasive hemodynamic monitoring
- Basic EKG interpretation
- Management of vasoactive infusions
- Care of ventilator dependent patients
They do not accept as primary experience:
- Neonatal ICU
- Operating Room
- *Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU or RR)
- *Emergency Room
*Exceptions can be considered if the PACU unit is also ICU overflow on a regular basis or has the patient acuity of an ICU, or if the ER is part of an integrated level one shock/trauma OR and ICU system.
Minimum GRE scores:
GRE scores must be within the last 10 years (5 years preferred).
CRNA Educational Requirements
- Statistics (3 credits)
CRNA School Rankings – U.S. News & World Report (2011)
3.9 out of 5.0. Ranked #3 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 Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed in May, 2010. It was given 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again in May, 2020. This shows that the program is very stable.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at University of Pittsburgh
- First-time test takers: 95.1% (2015)
- National average (2008): 89.9%
2.3% (Class of 2016)
CRNA Employment Rate of program graduates
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania CRNA salaries are slightly lower than the national average and range from $130k-150k.
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.
What makes the University of Pittsburgh’s CRNA school unique?
It offers all of the assets and services of a large urban campus with the personal attention of a small program.
*This page was updated July 30th, 2016.*
Did you find an error on this page? Please report it here