If you are a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, you may be thinking about continuing education to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).
CRNA Certification in California
To apply for a CRNA certificate in California, applicants must have completed an accredited CRNA program. After graduation, they must pass the examination administered by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists.
California CRNA Registry
California Board of Registered Nursing
1747 North Market Boulevard, suite 150
Sacramento, CA 95834
CRNA Jobs and Salary in California
CRNAs are employed in some doctor’s and dentist’s offices and at most hospitals, such as the following:
Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda
USC University Hospital, Los Angeles
Mercy Southwest Hospital, Bakersfield
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles
University Medical Center, Fresno
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) May 2020 data, the annual mean wage of nurse anesthetists in California is $ 205,360.*
(Based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary)
CRNA Programs in California
There are four programs in the state, and each one has its own specific prerequisites leading to a Master of Science Nurse Anesthesia degree.
Cal State University Fullerton
Kaiser Permanente School of
Anesthesia (Kaiser CRNA)
Department of Nursing
100 South Los Robles, Suite 550
Pasadena, CA 91188
This 24 month program begins in September. Candidates are required to have a California RN license, a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Nursing, one year of current adult critical care experience, and a 3.2 GPA. The GRE is not required for this program.
Samuel Merritt College
Nurse Anesthetist Program
School of Nursing – Providence
3100 Summit Street, 3rd Floor
Oakland, CA 94609
This CRNA program takes 27 months to complete, and classes begin every September. A BSN is preferred, and candidates must be a licensed RN in the state. Two to three years of critical care experience is preferred, but candidates with one year’s experience are considered. A GPA of 3.4 and GRE score of 1000 or higher are required.
University of Southern California (USC)
Program of Nurse Anesthesia
Department of Anesthesiology
Keck School of Medicine
1540 Alcazar Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089
This CRNA program takes 24 months of full time study and begins each August. A Bachelor’s Degree and current RN licensure are required. Although most candidates have almost four years of critical experience as an RN, those with one year’s experience are considered. A GPA of 3.0 and GRE score of 1000 are required.
Loma Linda University
School of Nursing
11262 Campus Street
Loma Linda, CA 92350
Candidates must have a BS in nursing and RN licensure in California before their clinical courses. One year of experience in critical care and a GPA of 3.0 are required. The GRE is not required for admission to the program. Shadowing a CRNA for eight hours before an admission interview and three recommendation letters are required.
*Source: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291151.htm#(2) date visited 25 March 2022