University of Tennessee Health Science Center CRNA School

University of Tennessee Health Science Center CRNA School

222 S. Prospect Ave.
Park Ridge,
IL, 60068,

Contact Information:

Phone: (847) 655-1160.
Url: website


Wendy Likes, PhD, DNSc

Program Summary:

University of Tennessee Health Science Center CRNA School culminates in a DNP degree with a specific concentration in nurse anesthesia. The UTHSC Nurse Anesthesia consists of a 3 year program of study that results in a DNP degree. This Nurse Anesthetist program prepares the graduate to become a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist). The CRNA school is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

CRNA School Overview:

Program created: 2002
Ranking: 2.9 out of 5.0
Class size: 17
Attrition Rate: 6.7%
Tuition: approx. $50,000
National Certification Exam (NCE)
1st time passing rate: 100%

CRNA Program Requirements:
  • License: Require a BSN. RN license.
  • Work Experience: One year of full-time critical care experience is a national requirement for admission to all Nurse Anesthesia Programs. In this program, we evaluate each applicant on an individual basis to determine the quality as well as quantity of critical care skills.
    A minimum of one year of professional nursing experience in adult and/or pediatric critical care is required within two years prior to application.
    Accepted: CCU, CVICU, ICU, SICU, MICU, PICU, NICU, Trauma ICU, or Burn ICU.
    Not Accepted: post-anesthesia recovery (PACU), labor and delivery or emergency room nursing as critical care nursing experiences.
  • GPA: You need either a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (based on all college classes ever taken) or a 3.2 GPA in your most recently completed degree program.
  • GRE: There is no minimum GRE score required. However, most competitive applicants will score a 500 on both the verbal and quantitative sections (which are 153 verbal and 144 quantitative on the new scoring scale) and a 4.5 on the analytical writing section. All application information including official GRE scores must be received prior to the deadline for consideration.
  • Certifications: ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
    PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
    BLS (Basic Life Support)
    CCRN (recommended for 2014 entry and will be required for 2015 entry.)


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CRNA Program Setup:
Classes Start:



3 years


The front-loaded format includes four terms for didactic information. During the fifth term, the student begins a clinical practicum while completing didactic course work. The final four terms are dedicated full-time to clinical education with the educational experience culminating in a project.

Clinical Sites:

Methodist Healthcare Systems Hospitals
Regional Medical Center
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Baptist Memorial Hospital – Union County.
All the sites are in the greater Memphis area with the exception of our rural experience in New Albany, MS.”

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