Drexel University CRNA School


15th Street,
PA 19102,

Contact Information:

Phone: 215.895.2000,
Email: kjb52@drexel.edu
Url: website



Program Summary:

Drexel University’s CRNA School offers both the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia Degree as well as a Post-Master’s Certificate. The CRNA program is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). In 2010, the Nurse Anesthetist program received the maximum accreditation of 10 years from the COA. The MSNA curriculum is 28-month in length and offers 89-quarter credits. The program is full-time and starts each January. If you are wanting to become a CRNA and are wanting to start learning how to get admission into anesthesia school, we offer an eBook called, CRNA School Admissions: The Cold Hard Facts. You will be shown the most ideal ways to locate schools, complete requirements, and create a stellar application that will catch the eye of any Nurse Anesthesia program.

CRNA School Overview:

Program created: 1955
Ranking: 2.8 out of 5.0
Class size: 20
Attrition Rate: 15%
Tuition: approx. $75,000
National Certification Exam (NCE)
First time passing rate: 94% in 2011

CRNA Program Requirements:
  • License: Unencumbered licensed or eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
  • Work Experience: A minimum of two years recent full-time critical care experience where the registered professional nurse manages invasive hemodynamic monitors (such as pulmonary artery catheter; CVP; arterial), cardiac assist devices, mechanical ventilation, and vasoactive drips (such as norepinephrine, epinephrine; dobutamine; nicardipine; nitroglycerine). Preferred areas include: SICU (Surgical Intensive Care), MICU (Medical Intensive Care), CVICU (Cardiovascular Intensive Care), Coronary Intensive Care, PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) and a Level I Emergency/Trauma Unit are also acceptable.
  • GPA: A minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in both BSN and general science coursework.
  • GRE: A score of 300 (or higher) when combining the verbal and quantitative scores on the 130-170 score scale. A score of 1000 (or higher) when combining the verbal and quantitative scores on the 200-800 score scale. Acceptable GRE/MAT scores required and taken within five years of application. Waived for GPA 3.5 or higher and science GPA > 3.25.
  • Certifications: ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
    PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
    BLS (Basic Life Support)


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During the interview you will meet with students, staff, faculty, tour the simulation labs, classrooms and student lounge areas. The interview typically runs from 8 am until 2pm. You will be interviewed by the Nurse Anesthesia Program Admissions Committee. You will receive both clinical based and “meet and greet” type question. There is no test given during the interview at this time.

CRNA Program Setup:
Classes Start:



28 months



Clinical Sites:

The Nurse Anesthesia Department has multiple clinical sites in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Disclaimer: Information on this page was gathered from the school's website and through phone interviews. A school's curriculum can change frequently, so we make sure that you are provided with the most up to date information. Our team regularly checks for any changes that CRNA programs make to their curriculum. The ranking of schools was based off of the 2011 US News World Report for Graduate Schools