Oregon Health and Science University CRNA School

Oregon Health and Science University CRNA School

222 S. Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge,
Ill. 60068-4001

Contact Information:

Phone: 847-655-1160
Email: Accreditation@coa.us.com Url: Website

Program Summary:

The Nurse Anesthesia Program prepares Registered Nurses to become Advanced Practitioners in the field of anesthesia where they administer general and regional anesthesia to surgical and obstetric patients. Students earn a Master of Nursing degree. The Nurse Anesthesia Program at OHSU is 27 months long and students are required to attend on a full-time basis; there is no part-time option. Generally speaking, the first 12 months of the program integrates didactic classroom work along with laboratory experiences in skill development at the Center for Clinical Simulation.” (Oregon Health and Science University CRNA School)

CRNA School Overview:

Program created: 2008
Ranking: 2.9 out of 5.0
Class size: less then 16
Attrition Rate: 8%
Tuition: approx. $67,000
National Certification Exam (NCE)
1st attempt 93% (2008-2010)

CRNA Program Requirements:
  • License: Eligibility for an Oregon and Washington registered nurse license. If selected for admission to the nurse anesthesia program, applicant must obtain RN licensure in Oregon PRIOR to the beginning of classes.
  • Work Experience: A minimum of one year, full-time critical care experience. Critical care experience refers to full-time work experience as an RN in an adult intensive care unit. Due to the competitive nature of the application process, most applicants who are admitted to nurse anesthesia programs possess between 2 and 5 years of full-time ICU experience (e.g. surgical, cardiac, cardiovascular, neuro, trauma, medical and burn ICUs)
    Accepted: medical, surgical, combined, cardiovascular or neurological
    Special note: Applicants who have their sole acute care experience in the ER, recovery room, operating room, or neonatal ICU will likely not be admitted to the program at OHSU.
  • GPA: Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater. In addition, strong preference is given to those applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or greater in their undergraduate science courses.
  • GRE: Completion of the Graduate Record Examination. OHSU recommends a minimum score of 500 in each section (verbal and quantitative) as well as a minimum analytical writing score of 4.0 for the scoring scale used prior to August 2011 or a 144 in the quantitative section, 153 in the verbal section, and a minimum analytical writing score of 4.0 to be competitive.
  • Certifications: ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
    PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
    BLS (Basic Life Support)
    CCRN (recommended)


(undergraduate or graduate) with a grade of “B” or better within five years prior to beginning classes in the nurse anesthesia program. If this requirement has not been met at the time of application, the student will be required to take a statistics course (graduate or undergraduate) BEFORE entering the Masters program.


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CRNA Program Setup:
Classes Start:



27 Months


first 12 months of the program integrates didactic classroom work along with laboratory experiences in skill development at the Center for Clinical Simulation. The remaining 15 months are spent rotating to various clinical sites where students will gain experiences in the provision of anesthesia to a wide variety of surgical cases and patient populations.

Clinical Sites:

Clinical experiences will be obtained at a variety of outstanding clinical anesthesia sites:
OHSU Hospital
Portland Veteran’s Administration Medical Center
Kaiser South Interstate Same Day Surgery Center
Kaiser Sunnyside Hospital
Willamette Valley Medical Center
Providence Newberg Medical Center and Southwest Washington Medical Center (Vancouver, WA)
Students will rotate outside the Portland metro area to:
Three Rivers Community Hospital (Grants Pass, OR
Tampa General Hospital (Tampa, FL).
Some students will also rotate to:
Seattle Children’s Hospital
University of Washington Medical Center (Seattle, WA),
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital
Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital (Newport, OR)
Curry General Hospital (Gold Beach, OR)
Prosser Memorial Hospital (Prosser, WA)
Silverton Hospital (Silverton, OR).

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