Illinois CRNA Schools and Programs

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist or CRNA are nurses which go through additional years of schooling to become qualified to administer anesthesia similar to anesthesiologists. By obtaining CRNA training in Illinois you should have the chance to experience a financially and rewarding career working closely with doctors and surgeons in several health care settings including, but not limited to operating rooms and specialty clinics.

Program Requirements

Generally current nurses or prospective nurses who are interested in enrolling in Illinois CRNA Schools must hold a four year degree from an accredited nursing school. In addition, applicants will need to hold current nursing license from the state they are currently practicing and will also need certifications for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Basic Life Support (BLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). Most CRNA schools need a minimum two years of on-the-job experience in an intensive care or critical care unit. Additional experience in a surgical intensive care unit can also be helpful. Some CRNA schools in Illinois admit students with a minimum 2.75 grade point average, though most demand a minimum 3.0 to 3.3 average. Aspiring students for CRNA training in Illinois need to also achieve the absolute minimum score of 1,000 on the Graduate Requisite Exam (GRE).

Duration and Cost

Based on a prospective student’s schedule, a CRNA degree should take anywhere from 2 to 3 years to complete, but vary depending on the IL CRNA school’s policies. The entire costs of CRNA schools can vary from $10,000 to over $100,000, including tuition, textbooks, clinical and lab fees, and also other supplies. Once admitted to the program, most CRNA students qualify for some types of financing to offset some of these expenses.

CRNA Courses

The courses found in most CRNA schools in Illinois combine academic theory with clinical practice. Most of these classes are offered in sequences; material covered in a single semester is built upon over the following semester. Intensive training in the proper anesthesia procedures is also covered for all types of conditions requiring surgery. Topics covered in each one of these courses may include but are not limited to:

  • Pharmacology
  • Patient preoperative care
  • Anesthesia assessment
  • Anesthesia equipment operation
  • Patient and practitioner safety
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College NameCityZipDegreeProgram LengthStarting Month
NorthShore University HealthSystemEvanston60201MS Nursing, Post-Master's Certificate 36 monthsSEP
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and ScienceNorth Chicago60064Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia27 monthsFEB MAR
Rush University College of NursingChicago60612Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Nursing Practice 27 monthsJUN
Southern Illinois University EdwardsvilleEdwardsville62026Master of Science Degree with a specialization in Nurse Anesthesia, Post-Master's Certificate in Nurse Anesthesia 31 monthsMAY
The Milikin University and Decatur Memorial Hospital Decatur62526Master of Science in Nursing/Nurse Administered Anesthesia Major, Post-Master's Certificate 31 monthsAUG