This page was last updated in 2022.
The University of Tennessee Chattanooga (UTC) is one of seven CRNA schools in Tennessee. The graduate program in Nurse Anesthesia can be completed either in Chattanooga or at North Mississippi Medical Center.
University of Tennessee Chattanooga
Nurse Anesthesia Program
Erlanger Health System
120 Metropolitan Building Dept 1051
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37403
ph: (423) 425-4644
fax: (423) 425-4668
Linda Hill, DNSc, DNP, APRN, CRNA
ph: (423) 425-5693
PENDING COA APPROVAL of the DNP Nurse Anesthesia Concentration, for the first DNP cohort to start classes in January 2022.
To apply for the DNP, please proceed with completing the MSN applications for the Graduate School and the School of Nursing
27 months, full time
85 semester credit hours
January (for DNP if approved)
You must apply to the UTC Graduate School and the School of Nursing.
Entire Cost of CRNA School for the University of Tennessee Chattanooga Nurse Anesthesia Program.
Tuition is calculated at the 2020-2021 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 In State Tuition: $39,865
Cost of Out of State Tuition: $77,945
Number of Applicants
Approximately 110 applicants every year
When did this CRNA Program begin?
Chattanooga, Tennessee or Tupelo, Mississippi
Students completing the Nurse Anesthesia program in Tupelo spend the first three months on the UTC campus. Students attend the remaining courses using distance learning technology while making their clinical rotations at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
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CRNA Program Requirements
Required Bachelor Degree
Bachelor degree in nursing from an NLNAC (National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission) or CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) accredited program
A current, registered nurse license in Tennessee or eligibility for Tennessee licensure
At least two years of critical care nursing experience within the last five years is required.
Your experience should include:
- Care of critically ill patients
- Invasive monitoring
- Vasoactive drugs (e.g., nitroglycerine, sodium nitroprusside, dopamine, amiodarone)
- Critical thinking
- EKG interpretation
- Application of hemodynamic values to patient care
Critical Care units that usually provide this type of experience include:
- CCU (Coronary Care Unit)
- Medical ICU
- Surgical ICU
- Postoperative Cardiovascular Unit
- Other types of experience must be approved before you apply
They *may make an exception if your experience is exclusively in:
- Pediatric ICU
- Neonatal ICU
They do not accept:
- ER (Emergency Room)
- OR (Operating Room)
Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
GRE or MAT Test Scores
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores are accepted and must be no more than 5 years old.
- BLS (Basic Life Support)
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
- CCRN (Critical Care) is not required but strongly preferred (recommended by time of application)
Not required, but strongly encouraged.
University of Tennessee Chattanooga Nurse Anesthesia Program
CRNA School Performance
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
University of Tennessee Chattanooga Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 05/2012. It was given the maximum of 10 years accreditation standards.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at University of Tennessee Chattanooga
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 (2020): 85.2%
National average (2020): 85.2%
Attrition Rate: 3.4% (2020)
Employment Rate: 100% (2020)
An average nurse anesthetist salary in University of Tennessee Chattanooga Nurse Anesthesia Program, Tennessee.
Tennessee CRNA salaries are lower than the national average, with an annual mean wage of $171,020.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $189,190 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 study).
Frequently Asked Questions
Can students work during the program?
Students are strongly discouraged from working while enrolled in the nurse anesthesia program. The minimum time per week in the classroom/clinic is 40 – 50 hours which makes it a full-time endeavor.
How soon after I apply to the program will I hear if I’ve been accepted?
Applicants for admission will be contacted within four weeks following completion of the interview process. Individuals selected for admission must notify the School of Nursing and Anesthesia department in writing, with their decision to accept the position.
Can I apply to both the Chattanooga and Tupelo locations at the same time?
No. You must choose one or the other.
Salaries pulled from Bureau of Labor Statistics