Westminster College is the only CRNA school in Utah.
Westminster College Utah
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Lead Graduate Enrollment Coordinator
ph: (801) 832-2292
tf: (800) 748-4753
fax: (801) 832-3110
James Stimpson, CRNA, DNP, Program Director
ph: (801) 832-2158
email: [email protected]
CRNA Degree offered
Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA)
*This program is no longer accepting applications. In March 2021, Westminster’s Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program will submit its application to the COA for approval to award the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Upon approval by the COA, Westminster will enroll its first doctoral cohort in the new Doctor of Nursing Practice – Nurse Anesthesia program in May 2022. Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting the program at [email protected].
29 months (MSNA); 36 months (DNP-NA)
64 credit hours (MSNA); 90 credits hours (DNP-NA)
The MSNA program is no longer accepting applications.
The application deadline for DNP-NA program 1st cohort in Summer 2022 opens on July 1st, 2021 until September 30th, 2021.
Tuition is calculated at the 2021-2022 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.
*DNP-NA Estimated Cost of Tuition: $122,490
*Cost per credit hours $1,205 for total credit hours 90.
18 students admitted each year (MSNA)
CRNA Program Summary
Are you concerned that the Westminster College Utah 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.
Overview of the new program (DNP-NA)
Westminster College’s Doctor of Nursing Practice – Nurse Anesthesia program allows students to master the intellectual and technical skills required to become competent in the safe administration of anesthesia. Graduates develop life-long critical thinking skills and the professionalism needed to become compassionate, patient-centered anesthesia providers, filling the urban and rural community needs for anesthesia providers.
Who is DNP-NA For?
Experienced, graduate level nurses with the highest level of didactic instruction, anesthesia simulation, and clinical site experiences will thrive in this program.
Looking for something specific? Find CRNA schools categorized by their unique requirements.
Some CRNA schools require much more out of their applicants than others. See how the requirements at Westminster College Utah compare to most CRNA school’s requirements.
CRNA Program Requirements (MSNA)
Since in transition to DNP-NA, and its admission requirements are not available on Westminster Website, the following requirements may not reflect the new program requirements, but may give a glimpse of school’s current requirements for a CRNA program.
Required Bachelor Degree
Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited school is required. Bachelor’s in Nursing is strongly preferred. Other applicants ie. BS, BA, DC, MD, BA, DDS, etc. may also apply.
Current RN license in good standing.
Minimum of 1 year of critical care. Critical care experience within the last 3 years is required. Applicants with experience in NICU/PICU* or with less than 1 year of critical experience may apply, but may not be selected for an interview at the MSNA Director’s discretion.
Preferred critical care experience includes:
- Cardiac ICU
- Neuro ICU
- Thoracic ICU
- Shock-Trauma ICU
- Neonatal ICU
- Pediatric ICU
- Surgical ICU
- Medical ICU
They do not accept:
- Operating Room
- Post-Anesthesia Care Unit
Minimum 3.0 GPA, including a minimum 3.0 GPA in core sciences
GRE scores on file from within the last 5 years.
- ACLS (Due upon acceptance into the MSNA program)
- PALS (Due before beginning clinical rotations in year 2 of the MSNA program)
- CCRN Certification is also highly recommended and encouraged.
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – Schools by Rank
Ranked #30 for the 2015 graduating class.
*Please note: Read about how CRNA rankings are created.*
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
Westminster College Utah Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 05/2012. It was given the maximum of 10 years accreditation standards.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at Westminster College Utah (MSNA)
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 (Class of 2020): 74%. Overall Pass rate (2017-2020): 81%
- National average (2020): 85.2%
Attrition Rate (MSNA)
CRNA Employment Rate of program graduates (MSNA)
100% (Class of 2020)
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Utah
Utah CRNA salaries are below the national average with an annual mean wage of $127,130.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $189,190 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 study).
Salaries pulled from Bureau of Labor Statistics
All information given on this site about Westminster College Utah’s Nurse Anesthetist Program was taken directly from their website.
*This page was updated April 15th, 2021.*
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