University of Akron Ohio CRNA Program

University of Akron Ohio CRNA Program

Mary Gladwin Hall 214
Ohio 44325-3701

Contact Information:

Phone: (330) 972-7555
Url: website


Brian Radesic

Program Summary:

University of Akron’s CRNA School provides a Nurse Anesthesia Program that will prepare Registered Nurses in the field of anesthesia and become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). graduates of the program will earn a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia Degree. Even though most of the school’s applicants have the BSN degree, an RN-MSN option is currently available for the associate degree or diploma-prepared nurse. If you are an RN that does not have a BSN, you can refer to their program guides for more information on the RN-BSN or RN-MSN track. A surplus of information about how to get into CRNA school is located on our CRNA Career Pro website. Our student blog section helps answer questions like, “How hard is CRNA school?” or “Will my low GPA keep me from getting accepted?” All of our student blogs were written by anesthesia students who are currently in a CRNA program. Let them show you what CRNA school is really like.

CRNA School Overview:

Program created: 1994
Ranking: 2.4 out of 5.0
Class size: 32-34
Attrition Rate: <1%
Tuition: website
National Certification Exam (NCE)
1st Time Pass Rate: 90-100% (over 20 years)

CRNA Program Requirements:
  • License: Graduate of a CCNE or NLN accredited baccalaureate nursing program.
    Current Ohio State license
  • Work Experience: A minimum of one year of current adult critical care experience. Current experience is defined as one consecutive year of adult critical care nursing.
    Accepted: ICU, CCU, SICU, MICU
    Not Accepted: operating room, labor and delivery, step down telemetry units, neonatal intensive care, emergency room, pediatric intensive care, post anesthesia care units and cardiac catheterization labs
  • GPA: A minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent) for all nursing degrees is required for admission.
  • GRE: The website does not specifically state the GRE is required but the PDF link in application instructions above dictates a minimum score of 400 in verbal and quantitative categories and a minimum score of 3.0 in the analytical writing category.
  • Certifications: ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
    CCRN (recommended)


Essay, a 300-word position paper describing your professional goals and purpose in seeking graduate education.
Basic health assessment course.
Graduate statistics course.


The University of Akron’s Nurse Anesthesia Program has an interview process that takes about 1-1/2 – 2 hours which includes taking a written ICU test prior to the interview.  Candidates interview in 3 different rooms with faculty and CRNAs from their clinical sites.  All questions are clinical based (ICU) questions, and it is important to know that they place great emphasis on a candidate’s GPA. If you would like to tour the campus this is possible through the Admissions Office, but the CRNA program is not involved with that.

CRNA Program Setup:
Classes Start:



27 Months


The curriculum follows a predominantly integrated didactic format. The majority of the first year focuses on didactic work with approximately 20 hours/week in clinical experiences.

Clinical Sites:

Thirty-two clinical sites are offered throughout the State of Ohio.

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