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Nurse Anesthesia Program

The Nurse Anesthesia program prepares the registered nurse in all aspects of nurse anesthesia practice at the graduate level. The sequence of student coursework combines the knowledge of basic health sciences, scientific methodology in anesthesia, and advanced preparation to include a state-of-the-art scientific paper. Completion of the prescribed coursework and clinical practice comprise the requirements for the degree. The graduate is eligible to take the National Certification Examination, which, upon passing, allows them to practice as a certified registered nurse anesthetist.The Nurse Anesthesia Program has received a ten-year accreditation in 2010 by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs (COA ).

222 S. Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone: (847) 692-7050; FAX: (847) 694-7137

The Attrition Rate is 8% for class of 2010 – 2012.

Past 6 NBCRNA Certification Pass Rates

  • 2007 91%
  • 2008 92%
  • 2009 89%
  • 2010 89%
  • 2011 79%
  • 2012 88%
  • 2013 94%

Employment Rate within 6 months for last graduating class 100%.

Regional Clinical Sites

Students in the Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) are admitted to one of five program regional clinical sites as selected by the student in their application. Students from all sites attend classes on campus at UAB for the first ten months. The remainder of the program (clinical rotations) are based at the student's corresponding clinical site.


  • Birmingham
  • Dothan
  • Huntsville
  • Montgomery
  • Tuscaloosa


Program Fact sheet


Nurse Anesthesia





Professional Program Admission Requirements

*Note: The admission process has changed. Please review the below application instructions and checklist.

Graduates from an accredited registered nursing program with a baccalaureate degree in nursing. All coursework towards a BSN must be completed by December prior to the start of the Nurse Anesthesia program the following August. Applicants are required to provide proof of a valid professional RN license in the U.S. Only candidates with at least one year experience as an RN in a critical care setting are considered for admission. Acceptance will be based upon the student's academic ability, work experience, and aptitude for a career in nurse anesthesia. The candidate is expected to satisfy the following requirements:

  • a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0   (A = 4.0),
  • a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in science prerequisites,
  • a grade of C or better in each prerequisite course,
  • all sections of the GRE must be completed prior to application (verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing)
  • a personal interview with the selection committee, and
  • if accepted, complete the UAB medical history questionnaire and physical, provide proof of required immunizations, and receive satisfactory screening by the UAB Medical Center Student Health Service.

    Professional Program Prerequisites
    (courses listed in semester credit hours):

    Anatomy (3-4 semester credit hours)
    Physiology (3-4 semester credit hours)
    Microbiology (3-4 semester credit hours)
    College Chemistry (3-4 semester credit hours)
    Descriptive Statistics (3 semester credit hours)

    Application Procedure:

 Applicants interested in the Nurse Anesthesia Program at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Nurse Anesthesia should apply through NursingCAS. NursingCAS is the online, centralized application service for nursing programs. Visit and click “Apply Here” to initiate your application. And then click on “Create Account” and complete the required fields in order to start your application. View this short instructional video on how to complete a NursingCAS application.

  • Early Decision Application Deadline: June 1st


The UAB Nurse Anesthesia Program has added an early decision application cycle. Applicants with a desire to attend the UAB Nurse Anesthesia Program should submit the application with all required materials by June 1st for matriculation in Fall of the following year. The screening process for early decision is more stringent and only a few will be chosen. However, applications not chosen for early decision will automatically roll over to the regular admission cycle in October without penalty. If the application rolls over to the regular admission cycle, only applicable changes to the application need to be submitted by October 1st and no additional application fees will be assessed.

Criteria for acceptance: applicants with a desire to attend UAB Nurse Anesthesia Program, otherwise the criteria used for early acceptance is the same as for the regular application cycle though only the top candidates will be selected for the early decision cycle.

Criteria for maintaining status: early acceptance is contingent on completing one year of ICU experience; other contingencies may be assigned on an individual basis.

Professional Program Application Deadline:


  • June 1st for early decision (August for fall following year)
  • July - Notification of interviews, interviews, and notification of decision
  • October 1st for regular admissions cycle
  • November - Notification of interview
  • December through February - interviews
  • Decision notification two weeks after interview
  • August - Students begin the program fall semester

GPA Calculation Spreadsheet
(MAC user please contact Ms. Stacey Smith (205) 934-7412, )





Nurse Anesthesia Application Checklist


Application Instructions


Entry Date



Fall 2016

Jun 1, 2015 Early decision
Oct 1, 2015* Regular admission cycle

Note: See summarized fact sheet for experience requirements.
*Indicates an extension in a previously posted deadline.


Scholarships & Financial Aid

The School of Nursing at UAB has excellent scholarship, traineeship, fellowship and loan programs in which many students participate.

Tuition & Fees

The following tuition and fees are valid for the 2014-2015 academic year. Tuition and fees and are SUBJECT TO CHANGE annually based on approval from the University of Alabama Board of Trustees and/or university. The estimates below are based on the costs listed at the UAB Office of Planning and Analysis Web site (Tuition and Fees). Each student’s costs will vary depending upon state of residence, the number of credits taken in a semester, whether the student attends class live or through distance-accessible class, and several other factors. Fees vary with program or type of student, and certain fees may be waived.

Tuition and Presidential Fees School of Nursing (SON)

Cost ($)

Graduate SON (in-state, Each semester hour) 476
Graduate SON (out-of-state, Each semester hour) 1118**
University Tuition (per semester) 215
Total cost for Tuition = University Tuition + (Undergraduate SON tuition cost per semester hour x total number of semester hours for that semester)
** Out-of-State students should contact the Nurse Anesthesia coordinator regarding available options for reducing the cost of attendance. 


Fees - School of Nursing

Cost ($)

Undergraduate and Graduate—Online Fee per each online course (per course if the course is designated with a ‘Q’ in the section code, e.g. NUR 601 QL ) 250
For all courses designated with a 'L' in the course number, e.g. NUR 355L, a Lab and Assessment Fee will apply. The fees are listed below.)
Lab Fee (per clinical course) 50
Assessment Fee (per clinical course) 150
Campus Dining Fee (undergraduate only) (flat fee per semester—excluding the summer term—for students taking 12 or more hours) 225
Student Hospitalization Insurance Fee (per year)** 1,776
Student Dental Fee (per term)** 39

Special Fees Paid (When Applicable)

Cost ($)

Graduation Fee 50

Expenses (Estimated)

Cost ($)

Uniforms (undergraduate and AMNP students)* 300
Books and supplies (per term) 500
Lab Kit (undergraduate, upon admission)* 200
Electronic handheld device (one-time fee; select programs—BSN, AMNP, MSN)* 350
Room and Board (on campus, per term, cost varies depending on dorm) 2,700
* These must be purchased upon initial enrollment in the School of Nursing and should be planned for in student budgets.
** May be waived with proof of equal or greater coverage that can be documented.



Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Education

The Nurse Anesthesia Program not only provides students with coursework designed to learn the skills they need, the program also focuses on the theoretical and clinical aspects of anesthesia. Students spend much of their time in clinical settings receiving valuable experience.

Clinical experiences give students hands-on practice in the field of anesthesia. After their clinical experiences, nurse anesthesia graduates can:

  • evaluate and assess patients pre, post, and intraoperatively;
  • plan the anesthetic management and immediate pre and post-anesthesia management;
  • develop and implement an appropriate anesthesia plan designated for patients of all ages with a variety of pathological conditions;
  • recognize emergency patient conditions and perform skills required during emergency life support situations; and
  • recognize, evaluate, and prevent anesthesia complications.

Nurse Anesthesia students participate in several clinical assignments:First year students will receive their first assignments in May during their first year.

     1. The first schedule is designated as the summer semester schedule (first year student schedule) and extends from July through August.

     2. The second clinical schedule (fall semester schedule) extends from September through October.

     3.  The second year clinical rotation schedule covers a 12-month period that begins in November and ends in October.

     4.  One last schedule is made in September or October of the last semester in the program. This lists where graduate students will finish their clinical education during the month of November. Some students request this assignment be the site where they have accepted employment. A priority is placed on these requests and all attempts are made to fulfill them.

Graduate students who have begun their clinical rotations are designated on most program forms as SRNAs (student registered nurse anesthetists). SRNAs at clinical sites are under the direction of the Clinical Coordinator. The Clinical Coordinator is a CRNA clinical faculty who serves as the principal contact person for the program and is in charge of the SRNAs clinical training at a particular clinical site.

Clinical Coordinators, CRNAs and Anesthesiologists also serve the students by:

  • being available to render clinical assistance in the operating room suite or other areas where anesthesia services are required;
  • apprising the student of clinical responsibilities;
  • serving as a role model; and
  • providing evaluation and feedback to the students.
  • providing a variety of clinical rotations within the facility.                     

Clinical rotations are adjusted in a manner that will address individual student needs. Students cannot be assigned to all affiliates, but the program will attempt to provide each student with equal types of clinical experience.



 Nurse Anesthesia FAQs

 Q: What is a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA)?
A CRNA is a registered nurse that has received at least 28 months of extensive graduate level education in the scientific topics related to the practice of anesthesia. Following the completion of a nurse anesthesia program, graduates take a certification examination administered by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists. Passing results of the certification exam allows the registered nurse to be designated Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). In order for a registered nurse to practice anesthesia, they must become certified within a time frame specified by the board of nursing in the state they wish to practice.

Q: Will there be a job available for graduates of the program?
Nurse anesthetists are important providers of anesthesia. Although the job market fluctuates from year to year, graduates of the program have not had problems finding employment over the last several years. This has been true for the southeast as well as most of the other geographical regions of the U.S.

Q: Where do nurse anesthetists administer anesthesia?
CRNAs administer anesthesia in all settings where surgical procedures are being performed. This includes hospitals of all sizes, as well as outpatient clinics and physicians' offices.

Q: What is considered "critical care" nursing experience?
Critical care nurses are those caring for critically ill patients who require invasive monitoring and the administration of vasoactive drugs. Critical care units that usually provide this type of experience include coronary care and postoperative cardiovascular units, medical, surgical, pediatric, and neonatal ICUs. Other working environments and arrangements may be acceptable; however, they must be approved by the program. Since answers to questions involving critical care experience sometimes involve explanation and interpretation, applicants are encouraged to contact the program by phone if they have questions. (205) 934-6587

Q: Is preference given to applicants who are from Alabama?
The admissions committee for the program does not consider the home state of the applicant in making acceptance decisions. All decisions are based solely on the application (including academic record, references, and professional experience) and interview of the applicant.

Q: Are all the clinical sites for the Program located in central Alabama?
The program presently has 5 program components: a central component in Birmingham and four regional components located in Alabama (Dothan, Huntsville, Montgomery, and Tuscaloosa). Applicants select a component on their application and are considered for admission into that component only. Applicants may only apply to one program component per admission cycle. Students applying to the central component will interview in Birmingham while students applying to regional components will interview at the respective site. Regardless of component, all students must attend daily classes at UAB for the first 11 months of the program before beginning clinical rotations at their respective program component.

Q: How do I calculate my combined GPA
Click here to download a sample MS Excel template you can use for calculations.

Contact Us


Information about

Nurse Anesthesia

Specialty Track Coordinator

Susan McMullan, PhD, CRNA


General information about the

application process please contact:

Program Administrator II

Stacey Smith


      Entry Date



(All materials must be received by posted deadlines to be considered for admission. Incomplete files will not be considered.)

High School Scholars

Fall 2013

Dec 1, 2012

 Dec 1, 2012 is also the deadline to apply and qualify for UAB Scholarships

*Jan 27, 2013 - Confimation of completed packet

March 1, 2013 - Notification of acceptance

BSN - Bachelor of Science in Nursing

*Students must be admitted to the university as an undergraduate student no later than one month prior to the School of Nursing application deadline

Spring 2013

Fall 2013

Sep 7, 2012

Apr 12, 2013

 To apply to the BSN program in the School of Nursing at UAB, students must first receive clearance from a UAB Advisor at the Hill University Center.



*Students must be admitted to the university as an undergraduate student no later than one month prior to the School of Nursing application deadline

Summer 2012

Fall 2012

Mar 16, 2012

Jun 15, 2012

 Must meet with RN-Mobility Advisor (in the School of Nursing) before applying.


AMNP- Accelerated Master’s in Nursing Pathway

Spring 2013

Sep 14, 2012

 Bachelor’s degree and prerequisites must be complete prior to starting spring term.

MSN Master of Science in Nursing

Spring 2013

Fall 2013

Sep 7, 2012

Mar 22, 2013

 See summarized fact sheet for experience requirements.

DNP—Doctor of Nursing Practice

Summer 2013

Fall 2013

Jan 18, 2013

Mar 1, 2013

Master of Nursing degree and prerequisites must be complete prior to starting.

PhD—Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

 Fall 2013

Jan 18, 2013
Mar 1, 2013
Jan 18, 2013

Early admission 
Based on space available
International applicant deadline