Registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and at least one year of experience in critical care may qualify for the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) program in Georgia. A CRNA has the important job of administering anesthesia to patients in a variety of settings. There is a great demand for CRNAs, and salaries for this career are above average.
CRNA Certification in Georgia
A candidate for certification as a CRNA in the state must have a current RN license in Georgia. The applicant must also graduate from an accredited CRNA program and pass the certification examination.
Georgia CRNA Registry
Georgia Board of Nursing
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217-3858
CRNA Jobs and Salary in Georgia
CRNAs are employed in doctor’s offices in specialties such as pain management, plastic surgery, podiatry, and others. They also work in dental offices where oral surgery is practiced. Many CRNAs work in hospitals in rural and urban areas of the state. Some of these are the following hospitals:
Augusta Surgical Center, Augusta
Atlanta Medical Center, Atlanta
Barrow Regional Medical Center, Winder
Columbus Regional Healthcare Medical Center, Columbus
DeKalb Medical Center, Decatur
Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital, Atlanta
Martin Army Community Hospital, Fort Benning
Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta, Atlanta
Southwest Hospital and Medical Center, Atlanta
The average CRNA salary in Georgia ranges between $120,000 and $150,000. Starting salaries are lower. The national average salary for a CRNA is $163,467.
CRNA Programs in Georgia
There is currently only one CRNA program in the state that is accepting applications at this time. Mercer University School of Medicine is not accepting applications in 2011-2012. Information about The CRNA program at the Medical College of Georgia Anesthesia Program is listed below.
Medical College of Georgia Anesthesia
987 St. Sebastian Way, EC5517
Augusta, GA 30912
This continuing education for nurses program offers either a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a Post-Master’s Certificate. The length of the program is 28 months full time. Classes begin each August, and applicant must apply about one year in advance to enter the program the following August. Prerequisites for entry into the program include a BSN or Master’s Degree in Nursing and a current RN license in the U.S. with a Georgia RN license before enrolling in the program. Candidates must also have at least one year of full time critical care experience within the past three years. In addition, a GPA of at least 3.0 and GRE score of 900 or above are required.
Students work in the human patient simulation lab and eventually move on to work with live patients in over 20 healthcare facilities in the state. Upon graduation, the student will have administered over 800 anesthetics.