Rush University DNP Program

Rush University DNP Program CRNA School

Nurse Anesthetist Program
600 S. Paulina St.
Armour Academic Center, #1034
Chicago, IL 60612

Contact Information:

Phone: (312) 942-6125 Email:
Url: website


Michael J Kremer

Program Summary:

Rush University’s CRNA School teaches their students to administer anesthesia for patients throughout the lifespan at varying levels of acuity. Their Nurse Anesthesia students are exposed to all types of surgeries, including transplant, thoracic, obstetrics, cardiovascular, neurological, trauma, and many others. A large number of hours will be devoted to study, clinicals, and other school related factors. The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) is dedicated to preparing their graduates to thrive in a wide variety of clinical settings. The nurse anesthesia program is comprehensive and incorporates a strong didactic curriculum with in-depth clinical practice training. More information on how to become a Nurse Anesthetist can be found on our CRNA Career Pro website.

CRNA School Overview:

Program created: 1965
Ranking: 3.9 out of 5.0
Class size: 40
Attrition Rate: 4%
Tuition: $60,000
National Certification Exam (NCE)
1st time passing rate: 91%
2nd time passing rate: 100%

CRNA Program Requirements:
  • License: RN licensure in the United States (minimum of a bachelor’s degree)
  • Work Experience: A minimum of 1 year of recent fulltime experience as an RN in an adult ICU at the time of the application deadline (Two years of recent full-time ICU experience as an RN at the application deadline is strongly preferred. Accepted: medical, surgical, neuro, burn/trauma units and CV. Not Accepted: recovery room, emergency department, telemetry units, step-down units, invasive radiology units, the operating room or the cath lab to be intensive care units.
  • GPA: 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • GRE: To be competitive your GRE scores should be:
    Verbal: (150 or higher)
    Quantitative: (149 or higher)
    Analytic Writing: ((4.0 or higher)
  • Certifications: ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
    PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
    BLS (Basic Life Support)


Special requirements:
Submission of an essay discussing your interest in Nurse Anesthesia practice, your professional goals and how graduate education will help you achieve those goals.
A resume or CV that includes work experience, educational, leadership and professional organization activities, and scholarly activities including publications, presentations, research, honors and awards, and nursing license number and state for RNs
Complete a graduate level statistics course


One group of applicants are interviewed in the morning and a second group in the afternoon. They do a program overview for the first 30 minutes of the interview session with the entire group. Following that, applicants have separate interviews with nurse anesthesia faculty members. One interview is focused on the applicant’s clinical background and interests and the other interview includes a discussion about academic background and interests. A campus tour is provided. Current students may be present to meet with applicants. The entire interview process lasts about 3-4 hours. you will be interviewed by the program director and associate director along with other nurse anesthesia instructors who may be available during the scheduled interview time. Discussion during the academic interview is based on academic history and interests. Questions during the clinical interview relate to the applicant’s job history, job-related activities and clinical interests. The clinical interview includes a critical care clinical scenario. Applicants answer several questions about the scenario.

CRNA Program Setup:
Classes Start:



40 Months


Program Setup:
Phase 1: front-loaded, with gradually increasing clinical experience during the second year of the program.
Phase 2: 15 month clinical residency and completion of DNP projects

Clinical Sites:

not listed

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