School of Nurse Anesthesia
Bryan College of Health Sciences
5035 Everett Street
Lincoln, NE 68506
Sharon Hadenfeldt, CRNA, PhD, Program Administrator
ph: (402) 481-8606
tf: (800) 742-7844 ext. 13194
Shannon Pecka, PhD, CRNA, Assistant Program Director
ph: (402) 481-8593
CRNA Degree offered
Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP)
The application must be received prior to August 31st for the class enrolling in May of the following year. Emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted. Applications are accepted starting April 1 for the following May enrollment.
Entire Program Cost of Nurse Anesthesia School at Bryan College of Health Sciences. 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: $92,790
*Fees and expenses: $8,420
Grand Total: $101,210
*Students are required to have a personal computer. The total includes estimated expenses for textbooks, computer, internet access, AANA associate membership dues, professional meeting attendance, fees for BLS, ACLS, and PALS certifications, SEE exam fees, professional subscriptions, lab coats, stethoscope, and earpiece.
Number of Applicants
CRNA Program Summary
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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.
Didactic and Clinical Experience
Phase I is primarily coursework (you’ll actually get to choose whether you do a project or a thesis), and phase II is mostly clinical.
During the clinical portion, you’ll be assigned a “home hospital” clinical site. You’ll have clinical rotations in several additional affiliate clinical sites. This will allow you to get clinical cases in a broad range of categories.
The program has a long history of rural Nurse Anesthesia experience and graduates consistently rate the diversity of clinical experience obtained as an important strength of the program.
You will get experience in several common regional anesthetic techniques. The 2009 graduates administered 74-122 spinal, 44-130 epidural and 47-95 peripheral nerve block anesthetics during the program. The choice of affiliate clinical experiences can influence the number of regional experiences you have.
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CRNA Program Requirements
Required Bachelor Degree
BSN or a BS/BA in an appropriate and related discipline
You need to have an RN license in Nebraska or be eligible for NE licensure.
One year required but 2 years preferred as a Registered Nurse upon entrance into the program. Critical care experience must be obtained in a critical care area within the US, its territories or a US military hospital outside of the US.
The critical care areas include the following:
- Surgical ICU
- Cardiothoracic ICU
- Coronary ICU
- Medical ICU
- Pediatric or Neonatal ICU
Experience in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.
3.0 GPA in all college coursework. 3.0 preferred for major science classes. An average of 3.2 is preferred for the basic science courses.
Minimum GRE scores:
They DO require the GRE but do not mention what their minimum score requirements are.
If English is your second language, you may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language. If so, you need a score of 550 or above before being considered for admission.
Certifications: (needed prior to enrollment)
- BLS (Basic Life Support)
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
- Statistics: 3 semester hours
- Chemistry: Two semesters of chemistry with lab (the equivalent of 8 semester hours)
- Microbiology: 3 semester hours
- Anatomy (human or mammalian): 3 semester hours
- Physiology: 3 semester hours of physiology must be completed no more than 10 years before admission, with a 3.0 “B” or better. Pathophysiology is not a valid substitute.
- Anatomy/Physiology: (in lieu of separate courses). The combined course is acceptable if offered over two semesters and taken sequentially. One semester must have been completed within 10 years prior to admission to the program. **A minimum grade of 3.0 or “B” is required in both semesters (the equivalent of 6 semester hours).
**There is a test out option available for those not meeting these requirements. Please contact the admissions department for further information**
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – Schools by Rank
Ranked #20 out of 101 schools (based on the 2014 graduating class)!
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
Bryan College CRNA Program was last reviewed 10/2010. It was given was given 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 10/2020. This shows that the program is in full compliance with the COA’s accreditation standards.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at Bryan 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: 87% (2020)
- National average (2019): 84.8%
12% (2020), 0% (2019), 0% (2018)
CRNA Employment Rate of program graduates
100% (2020) Within 2 months of graduation
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Nebraska
Nebraska CRNA salaries are slightly below the national average around $179,450.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $181,040 (according to a 2019 study)
Frequently Asked Questions
How many hours should I expect to be engaged in the program each week?
You’ll be expected to spend 50-60 hours per week on didactic, clinical or on-call responsibilities. In addition, you should allow for travel time to affiliated clinical sites, most within a 150-mile radius of Lincoln, Nebraska.
What are my “on call” obligations?
You’ll be on in-house call the last 18 months of the program while assigned to Bryan College CRNA. Call responsibilities at Bryan College of Health Sciences are no more than once a week. Call is from 15:00 to 07:00 with the following day off. An obstetrical call experience is arranged during the final six months of the program.
Each affiliated site arranges its own call schedule. When you’re assigned to the required trauma rotation at The Nebraska Medical Center, you will have two days of call each week with the following day off.
Can I work while I’m in the program?
Employment is not recommended but is allowed only if it does not interfere with your academic and/or clinical responsibilities. Clinical schedules cannot be altered during Phase II of the program.
Do they require a research project?
Yes. You will complete a Capstone project in the last year of the program.
How many vacation days am I given?
During fall and spring semester of Phase I, you will follow the calendar for the Bryan LGH College of Health Sciences.
During Phase II, you will have 20 days of personal discretionary leave for vacation, sick and personal time. This personal leave may be taken at your discretion and with the approval of the Program Director. However, no vacation time will be given during the first eight weeks of Phase II.
You’ll get all observed holidays at Bryan College CRNA and/or your affiliate site.
You will be given 15 Research Project Days during Phase II for time spent researching, writing and presenting your capstone project.
All information given on this site about Bryan College CRNA Program was taken directly from their website.
*This page was updated September 30, 2020.*
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