The Nurse Anesthesia program is administered by the Fresno campus of National University.
National University Nurse Anesthesia Program
NU Fresno Campus
School of Health and Human Services
20 E River Park Place West
Fresno, CA 93720-1551
Ph: (559) 256-4900
Joseph Martin, DNP, CRNA
Program Director, Nurse Anesthesiology Program
ph: (559) 256-4902
CRNA Degree offered
DNAP, Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
36 Months, full time
138 graduate quarter units
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School National University
Tuition is calculated at the 2019 rate. Tuition at most schools increases each academic year. Over the duration of the program, students can expect to pay an entire program cost that is 5-15% higher than the rates below.
Cost of Tuition: $114,800
Fees and expenses: $1,435
Grand Total: $116,235
Tuition costs were calculated using information found on the National University Tuition and Fees page.
When did this CRNA Program begin?
CRNA Program Summary
Are you concerned that National University Nurse Anesthesia 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 three-year program includes a front loaded didactic model with onsite didactic and in all surgical specialties under the direct supervision of a CRNA or anesthesiologist mentor.
The hybrid curriculum is a combination of eight online synchronous and university policies.
Seven clinical practicum courses stress the application of relevant science and surgical acuity. Graduate students will be assigned to various anesthetizing locations within selected affiliate hospitals.
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CRNA Program Requirements
Admission to National University
Required Bachelor Degree
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited school or Bachelor of Science in a related physical science with licensure as a registered nurse.
Current unrestricted license as an RN in a state within the United States and eligibility for licensure in all states in the United States.
Applicants must have a minimum of one full year of critical care experience in an intensive care unit within the past three years as a registered nurse.
The program does not accept the following as critical care experience:
- Operating room
- PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit)
Trauma Emergency department and other experiences will be considered on an individual basis.
Prospective students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate courses or 3.25 on the last 60 units of undergraduate courses on a 4.0 scale. A Science GPA of 2.75 or greater is required.
The GMAT and GRE are not required for admission to National University
Applicants are required to possess current certification in:
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and
- PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
Certification in any of the following is preferred:
- CCRN (Certification for Adult, Pediatric, and Neonatal Critical Care Nurses)
- TNCC (Trauma Nurses Core Courses)
- CFRN (Certified Flight Registered Nurse)
The undergraduate prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “B” or better.
- Pharmacology (3 semester/4 quarter)
- Anatomy with Lab (4 semester/6 quarter)
- Physiology (4 semester/6 quarter)
- General Chemistry (3 semester/4 quarter)
- Statistics (3 semester/4 quarter)
- Basic Research (1 course)
- Biochemistry is not required but strongly recommended.
Shadow experience in the OR with a CRNA or Anesthesiologist
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – Schools by Rank 2016
Ranked #80 for the 2015 graduating class.
*Please note: CRNA rankings are bias and subjective. Read disclaimer about how CRNA rankings are created.*
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
National University’s Nurse Anesthesia Program was last reviewed in May 2017. The program was given 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again in May 2027.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at National University
90% First-time test takers (Class of 2020)
5% (Class of 2020)
100% (Class of 2020)
An average nurse anesthetist salary in California
California CRNA salaries are among the highest in the U.S., largely due to the higher cost of living. In 2019 the annual mean wage is $227,290 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $181,040 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 study)
Salaries pulled from Bureau of Labor Statistics
*This page was updated January 28th, 2021.*
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