The University of Akron is one of seven CRNA schools in Ohio.
Brian Radesic DNP, MSN, CRNA
Program Director Nurse Anesthesia Program, Assistant Director School of Nursing
Office: Mary Gladwin Hall 302
Rebecca Bidinotto MHS, BSN, CRNA
Associate Dir, Associate Professor of Instruction, Nurse Anesthesia Program
Office: MGH 302B
Kelly Pond DNP, MSN, CRNA
Senior Professor of Instruction, Nurse Anesthesia Program
Office: Mary Gladwin Hall 319
27 months, full time
20 credits of graduate nursing work and 42 credits of graduate anesthesia work – totaling 62 credit hours
August 1st. Once accepted, you may begin taking core classes and will be eligible to interview for the graduate anesthesia program in October. Students admitted into the graduate anesthesia program will begin anesthesia coursework in June of the following year. Interviews are held on a Friday and Saturday in early October.
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at University of Akron Ohio.
Please note that tuition is calculated at the 2014 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. (As of 2018 – the tuition for 2014 is still the only tuition prices available.)
Cost of In State Tuition: $32,990.75
*Fees and expenses: $2,253.55
Grand Total: $35,244.30
Cost of Out of State Tuition: $52,482.50
*Fees and expenses: $2,253.55
Grand Total: $54,736.05
*This estimate is provided by all-crna-schools.com and represents the average cost of textbooks and application fee.
This total only includes 42 credits and does not include the 20 Graduate core courses that need to be completed prior to the anesthesia courses. Please see the tuition link to determine what your additional cost will be.
CRNA Program Summary
Are you concerned that University of Akron Ohio’s 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 curriculum follows a predominantly front-loaded didactic format. The majority of the first year focuses on didactic work with approximately 20 hours/week in clinical experiences.
The curriculum consists of 20 credits of core graduate nursing coursework and 42 credits of graduate anesthesia coursework. This program includes a 24-month residency allowing students to gain clinical practice that is required by the COA.
The curriculum affords the student the opportunity to gain experience in all types and techniques of anesthesia care including regional anesthesia administration and invasive line placement.
Thirty clinical sites are offered throughout the State of Ohio.
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Some CRNA schools require much more out of their applicants than others. See how the requirements at the University of Akron Ohio compare to most CRNA school’s requirements.
CRNA Program Requirements
Required Bachelors Degree
BSN (Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing) degree from a CCNE or NLN accredited baccalaureate nursing program.
BSN degree must include 3 hours of chemistry, 6 hours of anatomy & physiology, and 3 hours of microbiology.
Although the majority of applicants hold the BSN degree, an RN-MSN option is available for the associate degree or diploma-prepared nurse. RNs that don’t hold a BSN should refer to their program guides for the RN-BSN or RN-MSN track.
Current Ohio State license
A minimum of one year of current adult critical care experience. Current experience is defined as one consecutive year of adult critical care nursing.
Examples of acceptable critical care experience include:
- Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
- Coronary Care Unit (CCU)
- Surgical ICU
- Medical ICU
They do not accept:
- Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU)
- Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU)
- Emergency Room (ER)
- Post-Anesthesia Care Units (PACU)
- Operating Room
- Labor and Delivery Room
- Step Down Telemetry Units
- Cardiac Catheterization Labs
A minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent) from undergraduate work.
Minimum GRE scores:
No longer require the GRE
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- *PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
- CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse) certification prior to interview
*Though not needed for the application, you will be required to maintain PALS certification during the program.
Shadow a CRNA
Shadow a CRNA for a minimum of 16 hours (specific documentation is not required)
Please see the Nurse Anesthesia Curriculum for the Core Courses that must also be taken before starting the Nurse Anesthesia Track.
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – Schools by Rank 2016
Ranked #19 by AllCRNASchools.com
*Please note Read about how CRNA rankings are created.*
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
University of Akron Ohio Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 06/2016. It was given 8 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 05/2024.
First Time Test Takers:
97.2% (2017) 97.1% (2016) 88.2% (2015)
100% (2009 – 2017)
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Ohio
Ohio’s CRNA salary has an annual mean wage of $159,000.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $169,450 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 study)
Frequently Asked Question
Can I work as an RN while I’m in the program?
You may work part-time during the first two semesters, but not in the second year of the program.
Salaries pulled from Bureau of Labor Statistics
All information given on this site about University of Akron Ohio’s Nurse Anesthetist Program was taken directly from their website.
*This page was updated January 22nd, 2019
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