The University of Tennessee Chattanooga (UTC) is one of seven CRNA schools in Tennessee. The MSN graduate program in Nurse Anesthesia can be completed either in Chattanooga or at North Mississippi Medical Center
University of Tennessee Chattanooga
Erlanger Health System
Nurse Anesthesia Concentration
School of Nursing
120 Metropolitan Building Dept 1051
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37403
ph: (423) 425-4644
fax: (423) 425-4668
Linda Hill, CRNA, DNSc, DNP, APN
ph: (423) 425-4646
CRNA Degree offered
Master of Science in Nursing: Concentration in Nurse Anesthesia, Post-Master’s Certificate
27 months, full time
85 semester credit hours
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at University of Tennessee Chattanooga.
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: $34,566
*Fees and expenses: $8,135
Grand Total: $42,701
Cost of Out of State Tuition: $90,979
*Fees and expenses: $8,135
Grand Total: $99,114
*This includes the cost of application fee, health insurance, books and supplies, test fees, memberships and miscellaneous school expenses.
Number of Applicants
Approximately 110 applicants every year
When did this CRNA Program begin?
Chattanooga, Tennessee or Tupelo, Mississippi
Students completing the Nurse Anesthesia program in Tupelo spend the first three months on the UTC campus. Students attend the remaining courses using distance learning technology while making their clinical rotations at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
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CRNA Program Requirements
Required Bachelor Degree
Bachelor degree in nursing from a NLNAC (National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission) or CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) accredited program
Current registered nurse license in Tennessee or eligibility for Tennessee licensure
At least two years of critical care nursing experience within the last five years is required.
Your experience should include:
- Care of critically ill patients
- Invasive monitoring
- Vasoactive drugs (e.g., nitroglycerine, sodium nitroprusside, dopamine, amiodarone)
- Critical thinking
- EKG interpretation
- Application of hemodynamic values to patient care
In 2008, the average amount of ICU experience of accepted students was 2.6 years.
Critical Care units that usually provide this type of experience include:
- CCU (Coronary Care Unit)
- Medical ICU
- Surgical ICU
- Postoperative Cardiovascular Unit
- Other types of experience must be approved before you apply
They *may make an exception if your experience is exclusively in:
- Pediatric ICU
- Neonatal ICU
They do not accept:
- ER (Emergency Room)
- OR (Operating Room)
Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores are accepted and must be no more than 5 years old.
- BLS (Basic Life Support)
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
- CCRN (Critical Care) is not required but strongly preferred (recommended by time of application)
Shadow a CRNA for a day Not required, but strongly encouraged.
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – U.S. News & World Report (2011)
2.6 out of 5.0. Ranked 55 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 Tennessee Chattanooga Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 05/2012. It was given the maximum of 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 05/2022. This shows that the program is in full compliance with the COA’s accreditation standards.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at University of Tennessee Chattanooga
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: 96% (in 2015)
- National average (2008): 89.9%
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Tennessee
Tennessee CRNA salaries are a little higher than the national average and range from $150,000-$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
Can students work during the program?
Students are strongly discouraged from working while enrolled in the nurse anesthesia program. The minimum time per week in the classroom/clinic is 40 – 50 hours which makes it a full time endeavor.
How soon after I apply to the program will I hear if I’ve been accepted?
Successful candidates receive notification approximately four weeks after their interview. You must provide written acceptance of the offer. A $1,000 non-refundable matriculation fee is required to secure your position in the program and will be applied to your first year expenses.
Can I apply to both the Chattanooga and Tupelo locations at the same time?
No. You must choose one or the other.
All information given on this site about University of Tennessee Chattanooga’s Nurse Anesthetist Program was taken directly from their website.
*This page was updated February 25th, 2017.*
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