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Becoming a CRNA


CRNAs ARE ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSES (APRNs) WITH SEVERAL YEARS OF TRAINING IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF ANESTHETICS AND ARE NATIONALLY LICENSED AND BOARD CERTIFIED TO PRACTICE NURSE ANESTHESIA.


THE TRAINING OF A NURSE ANESTHETIST INCLUDES:

  • A Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • A current license as a registered nurse
  • At least one year’s experience in an acute care nursing setting such as an intensive care unit. Typically many years of critical care experience is necessary to enter CRNA programs.
  • Graduation from an accredited graduate school of nurse anesthesia. These educational programs range from 24-36 months, depending upon university requirements, and offer a master’s degree or a doctoral degree.
  • All programs include clinical training in university-based or large community hospitals.
  • Pass a national certification examination following graduation. A CRNA must recertify every two years.

It takes a minimum of seven calendar years of education and experience to prepare a CRNA. The average student nurse anesthetist works at least 1,694 clinical hours and administers more than 790 anesthetics.


INDIANA HAS THREE CRNA PROGRAMS:

    University of Evansville - DNP Program
    Program Director: Dr. Melissa Fitch
    1800 Lincoln Avenue

    Evansville, Indiana 47722

    (812) 488-5220

    mf245@evansville.edu


      Marian University - DNP Program

      Program Director: Dr. Bradley Stelflug

      3200 Cold Spring Road 
      Indianapolis, IN 46222-1997

      (317) 955-6000

      gradmissions@marian.edu


      University of Saint Francis - DNP Program

      Program Director: Dr. Gregory Louck

      2701 Spring St. 

      Fort Wayne, IN 46808

      Note: This program is being phased out and is no longer accepting new students.


      For a more information on becoming a CRNA, including accredited anesthesia programs, please visit the AANA, our national association's website HERE.

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