Virginia Commonwealth University Masters of Science Nursing Anesthesia Degree

Virginia Commonwealth University Masters of Science Nursing Anesthesia Degree

1200 East  Broad Street
P.O. Box 980226
VA 23298

Contact Information:

Phone: (804) 828-9808
Url: Website


Michael D Fallacar

Program Summary:

The Virginia Commonwealth University Masters of Science Nursing Anesthesia Degree has a curriculum that is focused entirely on the practice of nurse anesthesia. The curriculum includes courses in Principles and Practice of Nurse Anesthesia I-6, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, Physiology, Pathophysiology, Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia Practice, Research/Thesis, and Clinical Practicums. If you are interested in learning how to get admission into anesthesia school, or want to know how to become a nurse anesthetist, please checkout our CRNA career guide called “CRNA School Admissions: The Cold Hard Facts.” It covers every important aspect of the application process. You will learn how to find CRNA programs and most importantly how to get into CRNA school. Our ebook program is filled with tips and strategies on how to ace the anesthesia interview, and has been used by thousands of CRNA school applicants.

CRNA School Overview:

Program created: 1969
Ranking: 4.0 out of 5.0
Class size: 25
Attrition Rate: 8%
Tuition: approx. In-state: $41,184
Out of state: $69,394
National Certification Exam (NCE)
First time passing rate: 12.8% (2012)
Second time passing rate: not listed

CRNA Program Requirements:
  • License: any science related degree is acceptable. (e.g.: BS in chemistry, biology, etc) All applicants must however be Registered Nurses (RN) with a current Nursing License.
  • Work Experience: One year minimum of full time critical care experience
    Accepted: ICU, ER, PACU
    Not Accepted: Operating Room, or ICU step down units
  • GPA: Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (preferred)
  • GRE: No minimum score given. (Must have been completed in the past 5 years)
  • Certifications: ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
    PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
    BLS (Basic Life Support)
    CCRN (recommended)


Organic chemistry (upper division undergraduate) or a web-based medicinal chemistry prep course


The interview process starts with an introduction from the Department Chair or Chair of Admission committee, then department presentation, tour of department, Critical Care test, followed by interviews from 3 faculty members.  the interviews start at 7:30 AM and finish by noon.  You will receive both Clinical and meet & greet type questions.

CRNA Program Setup:
Classes Start:



28 months

Clinical Sites:

Richmond Campus
Chippenham Medical Center
Henrico Doctors Hospital (Forest Campus)|
Henrico Doctors Hospital (Parham Campus)
Johnston-Willis Medical Center
Mary Washington Hospital
Memorial Regional Medical Center
St. Mary’s Hospital
VCU Health System – MCV Hospitals
Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center
Abingdon Campus
Bristol Regional Medical Center
Clinch Valley Medical Center
Johnston City Medical Center
Lee Regional Medical Center
Norton Community Hospital
Pikeville Medical Center
Salem Veteran’s Medical Center
Smyth County Community Hospital
Wythe County Community Hospital
Roanoke Campus
Blue Ridge Surgery Center
Carillon Bedford Memorial Hospital
Carillon Roanoke Memorial Hospital
Carillon New River Valley Medical Center
Carillon Franklin Memorial Hospital
Carillon Giles Memorial Hospital
Lewis-Gale Medical Center
Martinsville Memorial Hospital
Montgomery Regional Hospital
Northern Virginia (NOVA) Campus
Fauquler Health System
Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
Inova Fairfax Hospital
Iova Mt. Vernon Hospital
Elective Sites
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Pikeville Medical Center
Sentera Careplex Hospital

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