Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Allied Health Professions
Department of Nurse Anesthesia
On the Medical College of Virginia Campus
P.O. Box 980226
Richmond, VA 23298
Michael D Fallacaro, CRNA, DNS, Professor and Chairman
ph: (804) 828-9808
fax: (804) 828-0581
etpDNAP simply means “entry to practice DNAP”
March 14, 2018
Cost of the etpDNAP
Cost of In State Tuition: $72,360
Fees and expenses: $10,035
Grand Total: $82,395
Cost of Out of State Tuition: $127,030
Fees and expenses: $10,035
Grand Total: $137,065
20 – 24 Richmond site
6 – 8 Abingdon site
5 – 6 Roanoke site
5 – 6 Alexandria site
The etpDNAP will give you additional knowledge and skills in leadership, education, and application of best evidence to practice. The etpDNAP program is a front loaded program with clinical experiences starting during the first semester of your second year.
You will build a professional portfolio which will include written case studies of clinical experiences that have significance for nurse anesthesia practice.
CRNA Program Requirements
Or a baccalaureate degree in nursing or a related science.
Current RN license. You will need an RN license for the state of Virginia by the completion of the third semester.
A minimum of one-year recent experience in an area of acute care nursing. This experience must be completed by matriculation not application. Note: ER and PACU may be acceptable depending on knowledge base from experiences.
Examples of critical care units may include but are not limited to Surgical Intensive Care, Cardiothoracic Intensive care, Coronary Intensive Care, Medical Intensive Care, Pediatric Intensive Care, and Neonatal Intensive Care.
Those who have experiences in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with managing unstable patients, invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.
ER and PACU may be acceptable for admission if the applicant can demonstrate competence in the areas outlined in the definition of critical care experience in the COA Standards.
Operating room and ICU step down do not fulfill the requirement for this program.
Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (preferred). For the past three years, the average GPA has been a 3.6. They still encourage all to apply and stress that the 3.6 GPA is just the average.
Minimum GRE scores:
The GRE must have been completed within the last 5 years. The average GRE score is 307. Again, they stress 307 is just the average and encourage all to apply.
CCRN highly recommended
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – Schools by Rank
Ranked #81 for the 2015 graduating class.
*Please note: Read about how CRNA rankings are created.*
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
Doctor of Nursing Anesthesia at Virginia Commonwealth University Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 05/2011. It was given 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 05/2021. This shows that the program is very stable.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at VCU School Of Nursing
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 2016: 91% (MSN program)
- National average (2016): 84.5%
2015 – 18.2% (MSN program)
2015 – 100% (MSN program)
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Virginia
Virginia CRNA salaries are about the same as the national average around $172k.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $173,129 (according to a 2016 study)
- Rural average: $174,214
- Metropolitan average: $164,148
- Suburban average: $156,630
- Average starting CRNA salaries range from: $110,000-$130,000.
“This page was updated September 4th, 2017.”
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