This page was last updated in 2022.
University of Puerto Rico Nurse Anesthesia program is one of three programs in Puerto Rico.
University of Puerto Rico
Nurse Anesthesia Program
Central Admissions Office MSC
Nurse Anesthesia Program
PO BOX 365067
San Juan, PR 00936-5067
José L. Bonilla García, DNAP, CRNA
Nurse Anesthesia Program Director
ph: (787) 758-2525
Lilliana Villar Menendez, MSN, CRNA
Adamarys Rivera Cruz
Yamil Calderón López
exts. 1099, 1089
CRNA Degree offered
Master of Science in Nursing with Specialty in Anesthesia (MSN-SA)
The Anesthesia Program is in the process of transition to a doctoral degree. For this reason, students will not be admitted for the Master’s degree during the year 2021-2022.
67 credit hours
in Transition to Doctoral Degree
Entire Cost of CRNA School for the University of Puerto Rico Nurse Anesthesia Program.
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 for Puerto Rico Residents: $16,750
*Fees and expenses: $1,930
Grand Total: $18,680
*This includes the cost of miscellaneous school expenses.
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CRNA Program Requirements
Required Bachelor Degree
Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from an accredited program – CCNE or NLNAC
Current valid RN license. The applicant will need a license in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Reciprocity forms may be obtained from the Puerto Rico State Board of Nursing. The license is required at the beginning of the Program.
One year of professional work as an RN in acute critical care within the last five years.
3.0 in general, science, and nursing classes
Minimum GRE scores:
- EXADEP – 400 OR
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) – 400 on both verbal and quantitative reasoning. GRE revised General Test- 140 on both verbal and quantitative reasoning
- BLS (Basic Life Support)
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
An applicant, whose first language is not English, must attain a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A preferred overall score of 80 and a minimum score of 20 on the reading portion.
Classes are taught in Spanish, tests are given in English, most supporting texts are in English.
University of Puerto Rico Nurse Anesthesia Program
CRNA School Performance
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
University of Puerto Rico Nurse Anesthetist Program was given its initial accreditation in October 2018. It was given six years accreditation and will be reviewed again in October 2022.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at University of Puerto Rico
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 (2019): 71%
Attrition Rate: 36% Class of 2019
Employment Rate: 100% Class of 2019
Puerto Rico salaries have an annual mean wage of $54,690.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $181,040 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 study).
Criteria for Student Selection
The student selection is based on the percentages below. They are looking for a well-rounded individual. Use the percentages to help you see what areas of the application are the most important in order to be accepted.
(example: your personal interview is worth more than the Analysis of Curriculum so make sure you spend more time preparing for your interview rather than perfecting your Curriculum Vitae.)
- GPA: 25%
- Minimum specific index: 20%
- Results of GRE/EXADEP: 20%
- Personal Interview (English): 20%
- TOEFL Examination: 10%
- Analysis of Curriculum Vitae: 5%