Northshore University Health System CRNA School

Northshore University Health System CRNA School

2650 Ridge Avenue,
Rm G603
Evanston, IL 60201

Contact Information:

Phone: (847) 570-1959
Url: website


Pamela Schwartz

Program Summary:

The NorthShore University School of Nurse Anesthesia is transitioning to a DNAP program and will not be accepting applications to the masters (MSNA) program. The CRNA school is a private, co-educational school of advanced learning. The program was founded by Mae Cameron in 1925, at the Ravenswood Hospital Medical Center in Chicago. The school decided to move and in 2001, they transferred to Evanston Hospital, in Evanston, Illinois. This Nurse Anesthetist School has enjoyed a good history of success in the area of CRNA education. NorthShore University’s CRNA School is known as one of the oldest schools in the United States. In 1952 they became the first nurse anesthesia school to be accredited by the Council on Accreditation. More information about how to become a Nurse Anesthetist can be found on our CRNA Career Pro website.

CRNA School Overview:

Program created: 1925 Class size: 20
Attrition Rate: 21%
Tuition: approx. $78,000
National Certification Exam (NCE)
1st Time Pass Rate: 93%

CRNA Program Requirements:
  • License: A bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing is required for admission into the DNP program.
  • Work Experience: A minimum of two years in a critical care setting Accepted: SICU (Surgical Intensive Care), MICU (Medical Intensive Care) CVICU (Cardiovascular Intensive Care). PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) from a Children’s Hospital Not Accepted: OR (operating Room), PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit), NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care), Cardiac Step-down, Telemetry, Emergency Room, or other specialty areas of nursing practice.
  • GPA: They look at the compiled GPA and the science GPA. A minimum complied GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is desirable and a minimum compiled GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale from the previous 40 semester/60quarter hours of college coursework is required for admission.
  • GRE: A compiled score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative sections and a 4.0 on the written analytical section are required for admission. For GREs taken prior to Summer 2011, a compiled score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative sections and a 4.0 on the written analytical section are required for admission.
  • Certifications: ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
    PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
    BLS (Basic Life Support)


(or biochemistry) (< 5 years old)
General college chemistry (not acceptable) College Physics is strongly recommended.
Chemistry may be completed at two year or four year colleges. If you are unsure of which chemistry you should take, you may fax (847) 733-5392 or email a course description.


Interviews last approximately 4 hours and include a detailed overview of the clinical and academic curriculum, interviews with 2-3 members of the Admission Committee and an opportunity to meet with current NATs. Interviews will be scheduled with eligible candidates in June and July.

CRNA Program Setup:
Classes Start:



36 months


The School uses an integrated curriculum design that complements the learning styles of the adult learner. Following completion of core nursing courses, applied sciences, and introductory courses in pharmacology and principles of practice, the nurse anesthesia student is introduced to the clinical practice of nurse anesthesia. Didactic content is integrated throughout the 21 month clinical residency and includes advanced principles of practice, evidenced-based research andcompletion of a Scholarly Leadership Project, seminar presentations, clinical conferences, and professional meetings.

Clinical Sites:

The School has 14 clinical sites. Students are assigned to 7-8 sites during their enrollment.
Advocate Christ Medical Center, (Oaklawn, IL)
Advocate South Suburban Hospital, (Hazel Crest, IL)
Evanston Hospital, (Evanston, IL)
Franciscan St Margaret Health, (Hammond, IN and Dyer, IN)
Glenbrook Hospital, (Glenview. IL)
Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. (Melrose Park, IL)
Highland Park Hospital. (Highland Park, IL)
Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Medical Center, (Chicago, IL)
Mount Sinai Medical Center, (Chicago, IL)
Northwestern Memorial Hospital. (Chicago, IL)
Presence Mercy Medical Center, (Aurora, IL)
Presence St. Joseph Medical Center, (Joliet, IL)
St Catherine Hospital, (East Chicago, IN)
University of Chicago Hospitals, (Chicago, IL)
University of Chicago Medical Center, (Chicago, IL)
University of Illinois Medical Center, (Chicago, IL)

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