Boston College Anesthesia Program
William F. Connell School of Nursing
Nurse Anesthesia Program
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Susan A Emery, Ph.D., CRNA, Program Director
For more information, contact Arlene Ross, Program Assistant, at 617-552-2756 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CRNA Degree offered
Doctor of Nursing Practice, Post-Master’s Certificate .
Recently transitioned to DNP, this program in nurse anesthesia has been designed to registered nurses who already possess a BSN and a minimum of one year of critical care experience for the advanced practice role of nurse anesthetist.
36 months, full time
100 semester hours
October 15 for Summer enrollment. Interviews will be scheduled upon completion of applicant review. All requirements must be completed prior to the deadline.
Cost of CRNA School at Boston College
Tuition for students in the nurse anesthesia program is the same as for other graduate nursing students. 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 Tuition: $151,800
Fees and expenses: $7,875
Health Insurance: $9,864**
Grand Total: $169,539.
* This includes the estimated cost of books, application fee, SEE, id card, clinical lab fee, student activity fees, and other miscellaneous school expenses.
**Health insurance is mandatory – the school offers some for the price listed above if you do not already have coverage.
The Boston College nursing anesthesia program is a front-loaded curriculum. Students begin the DNP program in May of each year and Summer and Fall semesters of the first academic year consists of 15 credits of didactic coursework. Each semester, there is a blend of core courses required for all DNP students and specialty courses related to nurse anesthesia practice, following the standards of COA.
The third semester begins the clinical practicum for the program and from this point on students are in the operating room 4 days per week and at the college 1 day per week. The clinical practicum incorporates experience in many different types of anesthesia, including regional.
CRNA Program Requirements
A bachelor of science in nursing or a master of science in nursing
An unrestricted license as an RN in the U.S. is accepted for the application process. Massachusetts RN license is required for matriculation.
A minimum of one year of critical care experience as an RN. Acceptable critical care experience includes:
- Surgical ICU
- Medical ICU
- Critical Care Unit
- Pediatric ICU
- Neonatal ICU
- High acuity Surgical ICU in a tertiary medical center is strongly preferred
An undergraduate grade point average of B or better (3.0)
Must be within the last 5 years
- Official TOEFL scores with a minimum of 100 on the TOEFL iBT (internet based test); 7.5 on the IELTS Band (academic); 600 or greater on the paper test; or 250 on the CBT (computer-based test).
- NCLEX-RN Examination results/RN licensure
- Official transcript(s) evaluation (by the Commission on Graduate Foreign Nursing Schools or World Education Services) from all post-secondary institutions at which you have studied
The TOEFL score is not required if you meet both of the following criteria: You are a citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada ( except Quebec), Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Guyana, an Anglophone country of Africa, or an English-speaking country of the Caribbean AND your native language is English.
- ACLS Advanced Cardiac Life Support
- PALS Pediatric Advanced Life Support
CRNA Educational Requirements
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – Schools by Rank 2106
Ranked 61 for the 2015 graduating class.
*Please note: how CRNA rankings are created.*
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
Boston College Nursing Anesthesia Program was last reviewed 06/2016. It was given 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 05/2026. This shows that the program is very stable.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at Boston College CRNA
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
100% (2020), 92.9% (2019), 100% (2018), 100% (2017),
0% (2020), 0% (2019), 10% (2018), 12% (2017)
Employment Rate (at 6 months)
100% (2020), 92.9% (2019), 100% (2018), 100% (2017)
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Massachusetts
Massachusetts CRNA salaries are above the national average with an annual mean wage of $201,890.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $181,040 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 study)
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it possible to work during the program?
The decision to work during the program is an individual one but is not recommended. As the program is only offered in a full-time format, the number of credit hours each semester varies but is as high as 15 credits per semester.
Once the clinical component begins in the third semester, students are in class one full day and in the operating room four full days with care plans and coursework which must be completed in the evenings and on weekends. The workload of the program makes it very difficult to work.
I am an RN with an associate’s degree in nursing and a Bachelor of Science degree in another field. Can I apply to your program?
The Boston College nurse anesthesia program requires a BSN or an MSN degree for admission.
For additional FAQs on Boston College website, please click here.
Salaries pulled from Bureau of Labor Statistics
*This page was updated September 29, 2020.*
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