The CRNA Program at the University of Pennsylvania has recently transitioned to a DNP program and is the first of it’s kind to be offered by an Ivy League University.
Pennsylvania University School of Nursing
Nurse Anesthesia Program
Claire M. Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Assistant Program Administrator
General Admissions Inquiries
tel: (215) 898-4271
CRNA Degree offered
36 months, full time
38.5 course units
August 1 to November 1
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Tuition is calculated at the 2015-2016 rates. 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: $159,138
Number of Applicants
CRNA Program Summary
Are you concerned that University of Pennsylvania’s Nurse Anesthetist 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.
In this integrated program, you’ll begin in the summer with a heavy load of class work. By your second semester, you’ll begin your clinical fieldwork. As in any integrated program, your class load will gradually decrease as your clinical work increases.
University of Penn’s nurse anesthesia program integrates learning from the classroom, the simulation lab, and the clinical setting. Their goal is to educate you to become a great practitioner, scholar, educator, researcher, or policymaker.
The simulation lab will give you the opportunity to learn and practice newly acquired skills, integrate these skills into clinical scenarios, and develop the ability to handle rarely seen anesthetic clinical situations including Malignant Hyperthermia and Operating Room fires.
Clinical experience at the University of Pennsylvania includes rotations at three nationally-ranked children’s hospitals (pediatrics), top hospitals in neighboring three states (cardiovascular), and others for trauma, cardiac-thoracic specialties, obstetrics, and more.
At Penn, students are matched with a primary site where they spend most of their rotation, enabling faculty to establish mentoring relationships with them. With five primary clinical sites to choose from, students can leave their primary clinical sites for specialty experiences.
As a graduate of this program, you will exceed the minimum number of clinical cases by 50-100%, giving you all the experience you need to be a confident and professional nurse anesthetist.
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Some CRNA schools require much more out of their applicants than others. See how the requirements at the University of Pennsylvania compare to most CRNA school’s requirements.
CRNA Program Requirements
Required Bachelor Degree
BSN degree from an accredited college or university. You may apply to the program while you are completing your BSN. Acceptance into the program is contingent on your completion of your BSN.
Current, active Pennsylvania Registered Nursing license will be needed upon admission to the program. Being eligible for a PA RN license is needed for the application.
1 year of full-time acute care experience is required but 2 to 3 years of critical care experience is recommended. Each applicant is evaluated on an individual basis to determine the quality and quantity of critical care experience they possess. Note that all critical care experience must have taken place within the last 5 years.
Unacceptable critical care experiences include:
- Cardiac Cath Lab
- Operating Room
- Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU or RR)
- Emergency Room
A competitive applicant usually has a minimum GPA of 3.4 in their BSN program.
The nurse anesthesia program has not established a minimum GRE score for admission. Applicants who have completed their BSN in the United States with a minimum 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale may apply for a waiver but must be approved by the Master’s Admissions Committee. Each application is looked at individually, there is no guarantee the waiver will be approved.
Scores in the 50th percentile on the verbal and quantitative sections and 4.0 on the analytical writing section for the revised GRE are competitive. GRE scores of 500 or higher in both verbal and math are recommended for exams taken prior to August 2011.
If you are a non-native English speaker, you must submit scores from the TOEFL or IELTS exam. You should score a minimum of 100 on the iBT (internet-based TOEFL) and 7.0 on the IELTS.
It is strongly encouraged that applicants are CCRN certified.
- Undergraduate Statistics: This should include inferential and descriptive statistics
The University of Pennsylvania highly recommends shadowing a CRNA to ensure the career path is a fit for you.
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – Schools by Rank
The MSN program ranked #45 in the 2015 graduating class.
*Please note: Read about how CRNA rankings are created.*
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
University of Pennsylvania Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 10/2005. It was given the maximum of 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 10/2015. This shows that the program is in full compliance with the COA’s accreditation standards.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at the University of Pennsylvania 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% (Class of 2017)
- National average (2016): 84.5%
8% (Class of 2017)
CRNA Employment Rate
100% of graduates were employed within six months of graduation (Class of 2017)
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Pennsylvania:
Pennsylvania CRNA salaries are a little lower than the national average around $160k.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $173,129 (according to a 2016 study)
- Rural average: $174,214
- Metropolitan average: $164,148
- Suburban average: $156,630
- Average starting CRNA salaries range from: $110,000-$130,000.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I be able to work on a part-time basis?
No, you will not be able to work on a part-time basis as there is very limited free time available.
Do all applicants get an interview?
Unfortunately, no. Only highly qualified and competitive applicants are interviewed. The selection committee pays attention to all aspects of the application, in particular, your GRE test scores, GPA, professional experience, employer evaluation, references, etc.
I am interested in the MSN/ Ph.D. option of studies. Does the program offer this option to Nurse Anesthesia applicants?
Yes, the University of Pennsylvania offers the MSN/ Ph.D. option for nurse anesthesia applicants. Note that the deadline for this course of study is November 1st.
All information given on this site about University of Pennsylvania’s Nurse Anesthetist Program was taken directly from their website.
*This page was updated January 16th, 2019.*
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