University of Minnesota Twin Cities CRNA School

University of Minnesota Twin Cities CRNA School

University of Minnesota, School of Nursing
2-139 Weaver Densford Hall
308 Harvard St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455aaaaaaaaaa

Contact Information:

Phone: 612-625-7980
Email: Url:Website


Marc Skjervem

Program Summary:

Nurse anesthesia students complete the requirements for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, as well as the requirements to take the National Certification Exam for nurse anesthetists. This is the first school in the nation to offer Doctorates in CRNA.

CRNA School Overview:

Program created: 1971
Ranking: 2.7 out of 5.0
Class size: around 12
Attrition Rate: 0 %
Tuition: approx. $70,000
National Certification Exam (NCE)
1st time pass rate 90% (2003-2011)
2nd Time Pass Rate 100% (2003-2011)

CRNA Program Requirements:
  • License: Registered nurses without a baccalaureate degree in nursing should complete that degree before applying. If you are not a nurse and have a baccalaureate degree in a major other than nursing, you are not eligible for the DNP program; however, you may consider pursuing the School of Nursing’s 16-month Master of Nursing (MN) program. The MN program is specifically designed for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing area and prepare students to take the NCLEX for licensure as a registered nurse.
  • Work Experience: 1 year of critical care nursing experience required.
    Accepted: adult Surgical Intensive Care, Cardiothoracic ICU, Pediatric ICU, Neonatal ICU or Medical Intensive Care experience preferred
    Not Accepted: Other areas considered on individual merit.
  • GPA: No minimum (average GPA is 3.4)
  • GRE: The GRE must have been taken within the last five (5) years. The preferred minimum combined verbal and quantitative score for the new GRE revised General Test is 297. The preferred minimum combined verbal and quantitative score for the older GRE General Test is 1,000. Please view the GRE revised General Test webinar for more information about the new version of this exam.
    Prospective applicants who earned a Master’s degree may want to consider completing the GRE Waiver Request form.
    An unofficial copy or photo copy of your Master’s degree granting institution transcript is required for verification.
  • Certifications: ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
    PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
    BLS (Basic Life Support)


The interview day consists of just an interview with your specialty. It does not include a tour of campus or the School of Nursing. Generally an interview is with the Specialty Coordinator and another faculty member, and is usually an hour long. Questions are geared towards getting to know you and your experiences and your draw to the program. There is no test given during the interview at this time.

CRNA Program Setup:
Classes Start:



3 years


Online and Classroom Hybrid
Delivery of the DNP curriculum is primarily online, with three-day on-campus class sessions occurring three times per fall and spring semesters and two times during summer semester. Required time on campus varies by specialty.
Program Components
Online and in-class curriculum is complemented with 1,000 practicum hours in your chosen specialty area. In addition, each student completes a scholarly project. The project engages students in planning, implementing and evaluating a quality improvement project.

Clinical Sites:

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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