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The Columbia University CRNA Program is in the heart of New York city.
Columbia University CRNA Program
School of Nursing
Program in Nurse Anesthesia
617 West 168th Street
School of Nursing, Room 318
New York, NY 10032
Maribeth L. Massie, PhD, MS, CRNA
Office Phone: 212 305-4196
CRNA Degree offered
Master of Science in Nursing, Post-Master’s DNP (completion)
36 months, full time
62 semester hours
June – MS
May – DNP
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at Columbia University CRNA Program.
Tuition is calculated at the 2020-2021 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 Tuition: $176,401
*Fees and Total: $176,401
*This includes the university fees, health insurance, and estimated cost of books.
CRNA Program Summary
Are you concerned that the Columbia University CRNA 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 program is front-loaded and includes a clinical anesthesia residency.
The first year curriculum is devoted to advanced science courses, graduate core courses and specialty courses which form the basis for advanced specialty concepts later in the program.
The clinical component starts in May of the second year. During clinical experiences, you’ll be given increasing responsibility for anesthesia patient care, enabling you to gain confidence and skill under tutorial guidance.
Clinical sites are available in the tri-state area and can be permanent or rotate. Clinical sites vary from large, urban academic medical centers to community hospitals.
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CRNA Program Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in nursing or a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and an Associate’s degree in nursing. Degrees are awarded by a regionally accredited college or university.
Note for accepted applicants with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and an associate’s degree in nursing: A required 5-credit community health course can either be taken as a prerequisite (prior to starting the program) or taken at Columbia Nursing as a student (during the program).
Current New York State nursing license or eligibility.
Minimum of one year experience in an accepted intensive care setting. Most entering students have at least 2-5 years of solid full-time ICU experience.
Acceptable critical care experience includes:
- Surgical ICU
- Medical ICU
- Pediatric ICU
- Cardiovascular ICU
- Coronary Care Unit
- Burn Unit
- Trauma ICU
- Neuro ICU
They do not accept:
- Operating Room
- Post-Anesthesia Care Unit
- Emergency Room
- Step Down
- Neonatal ICU
- Cath Lab
There is no minimum GPA requirement.
Minimum GRE scores:
Satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). A competitive score is within the top 50th percentile. Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher are exempt.
For international applicants, a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language score of 600 (written) or 250 (computer version). The exam must be current (no later than two years of your application). International students are no longer eligible for the MS program. International students are welcome to apply to the MDE or Ph.D. programs.
- Critical Care Nurse (CCRN) is highly recommended
Science Class Prerequisites:
- Statistics (but have been taken within the last 5 years)
- Two semesters of Chemistry (at least one organic course and have a B or better)
- A health/physical assessment course
Applications are accepted with prerequisite coursework in progress; all prerequisites MUST be completed by the start of the program with a B grade or better. Must be taken at an accredited college or university.
Columbia University CRNA Program
CRNA School Performance
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
University of Columbia CRNA Program was last reviewed 05/2009. It was given the maximum of 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 05/2019. This shows that the program is very stable.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at Columbia University, NY
First-time test takers (2020): 90%
National average (2019): 84.8%
Attrition Rate : 2.6% Class of 2021
CRNA Employment Rate: 100% Class of 2020
An average nurse anesthetist salary in New York
New York CRNA salaries are higher than the national average with an annual mean wage of $271,050.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $189,190 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 study)
Frequently Asked Questions
There are so many clinical sites. Can I request a permanent site?
Columbia University has 26 clinical sites in and. Clinical assignments are given to provide each student with a well-rounded clinical experience.
Some sites are able to offer this range of experience at one facility allowing some students a permanent rotation. This can be discussed after acceptance.
Can I work as an RN while I’m in school?
Many students find it possible to work several shifts per week before clinicals start in late May of the first year of the program. It will be an intense schedule but it can be done.
Once the clinical sequence begins, however, time commitments in the operating room and the classroom virtually preclude any opportunity to work outside of the program.
Salaries pulled from Bureau of Labor Statistics
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