Tennessee CRNA Schools and Programs

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist or CRNA are nurses that go through additional years of schooling to become qualified to administer anesthesia just like anesthesiologists. By obtaining CRNA training in Tennessee you should have the chance to have a financially and rewarding career working closely with doctors and surgeons in lots of 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 Tennessee 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). Applicants must have an minimum of 2.75 GPA, but typical schools will require students to have a minimum of 3 to 3.3 average. Like any graduate school, students must have scored at least a minimum of 1,000 on the Graduate Requisite Exam (GRE). In addition to schooling requirements, most CRNA schools require prospective students to have worked at least 2 years in an intensive care or critical care unit. Having experience in a surgical intensive care unit will be beneficial if applying to the top CRNA Schools

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 TN CRNA school’s policies. The total costs of CRNA schools ranges from $10,000 to over $100,000, including tuition, textbooks, clinical and lab fees, along with other supplies. Once admitted to the program, most CRNA students are eligible for some types of educational funding to offset a lot of these expenses.

CRNA Courses

The courses found in most CRNA schools in Tennessee combine academic theory with clinical practice. Most of these classes are offered in sequences; material covered in one semester is built upon during 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 by:

  • Pharmacology
  • Patient preoperative care
  • Anesthesia assessment
  • Anesthesia equipment operation
  • Patient and practitioner safety
Ready to enroll in a CRNA School in Tennessee start with checking out the links on right and also the schools below.

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College NameCityZipDegreeProgram LengthStarting Month
Lincoln Memorial UniversityHarrogate37752Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Post-Master's Certificate 28 monthsAUG
Middle TennesseeMadison37116Master of Science, with a focus in Nurse Anesthesia 28 monthsJUL
The University of Tennessee College of NursingKnoxville37920Master of Science in Nursing, Post-Master's Certificate 31 monthsJAN
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga/Erlanger Health SystemChattanooga37403MSN: Concentration in Nurse Anesthesia, Post-Master's Certificate 27 monthsMAY
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of NursingMemphis38163MSN, Post-Master's Certificate in Nurse Anesthesia, Doctor of Nursing Practice 36 monthsJUL
Union UniversityDr.Jackson38305Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice Completion Degree 31 monthsJAN