National University Nurse Anesthesia Program

National University Nurse Anesthesia Program

222 S. Prospect Ave, Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001.

Contact Information:

Phone: 847-655-1162
Url: website


Dr. Bryan Tune

Program Summary:

National University’s CRNA School provides a Master of Science in the specialty of Nurse Anesthesia. The CRNA Program will provide all graduate students with a sound foundation in sciences as it applies to anesthesia. All Nurse Anesthesia students will get exposure to every aspect of clinical anesthesia. These areas include regional anesthesia, general anesthesia, monitored anesthesia care (MAC), local anesthetics, pain management, and many more. There is a right way and wrong way to do everything, and this is especially true for applying to this CRNA school. Make sure you give your application the best chance possible. We created a Nurse Anesthesia career guide called, CRNA School Admissions: The Cold Hard Facts, which shows you how to save for school, interview strategies, how to write personal essays, and much more.

CRNA School Overview:

Program created: 2012 Ranking: none reported Class size: 15 Attrition Rate: 17% Tuition: approx. $40,000 National Certification Exam (NCE) 1st Time Pass Rate: n/a at this time

CRNA Program Requirements:
  • License: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a NLNAC or CCNE accredited College or University or Bachelor of Science in a related physical science with licensure as a registered nurse.Current unrestricted/unencumbered (clear/active) license as a registered nurse in one of the states of the United States, with eligibility for licensure throughout all states in the United States.
  • Work Experience: A minimum of one full year of critical care experience in an intensive care unit within the past three years as a registered nurse. Accepted: Trauma emergency department and other experiences will be considered on an individual basis. Not Accepted: Operating room, OB, and PACU
  • GPA: A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on all undergraduate courses or 3.2 on the last 60 units of undergraduate courses on a 4.0 scale. Science GPA of 2.75 or greater.
  • GRE: Not required.
  • Certifications: ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)Professional certification in any of the following preferred: CCRN, TNC, or CFRN.


The successful completion of the following undergraduate prerequisite courses: Pharmacology: (3 semester/4 quarter) Anatomy with Lab: (4 semester/6 quarter) Physiology: (4 semester/6 quarter) General Chemistry: 3 semester/4 quarter Statistics: (3 semester/4 quarter) Biochemistry (not required but strongly recommended) Basic Research (1 course)


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CRNA Program Setup:
Classes Start:



27 Months


The curriculum is delivered in a two phase model. Phase 1 is composed of didactic instruction only, with the majority of course work conducted on campus. Phase one is composed of four quarters and is one year in length. Phase II is dedicated to clinical practicum and follows directly after phase I. Phase II is fifteen months in length following phase I. All coursework in the first phase of the program must be completed prior to starting the second phase of the program, and entry into the clinical setting.

Clinical Sites:

Clinical rotations will be throughout California with supplemental rotations in Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, and Florida. Respective state nursing licensure for rotations out of California will be required. Housing and travel expense will be the responsibility of the student. The clinical rotations will provide the student with exposure to anesthesia delivery in large academic institutions as well as rural and outpatient settings. Specialty anesthesia rotations in cardiac, obstetrics, neurosurgery, pediatrics, transplant, and pain management will prepare the graduate to practice in a wide range of specialties.

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