If you are a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, you may be looking at options to continue your education. A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) performs the important job of administering anesthesia to patients. If you have experience working in intensive care or critical care, you may qualify to enter a program to become a CRNA.
CRNA Certification in Colorado
A CRNA must be a licensed RN in Colorado. Completion of an accredited CRNA program and passing the certification exam are also required.
Colorado CRNA Registry
Colorado Board of Nursing
Office of Licensing-Nursing
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
CRNA Jobs and Salary in Colorado
CRNAs work in doctor’s and dentist’s offices and in many hospitals, such as the following:
Boulder Community Hospital, Boulder
Good Samaritan Medical Center, Lafayette
Kremmling Memorial Hospital, Kremmling
Poudre Valley Health System, Fort Collins
Saint Anthony Central Hospital, Denver
Sterling Regional Medical Center, Sterling
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) May 2020 data, the annual mean wage of nurse anesthetists in Colorado is $ 175,760.*
(Based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary)
CRNA Programs in Colorado
There are currently no CRNA programs in Colorado, but students may qualify for distance learning at the following college.
Texas Wesleyan University
Graduate Programs of
1201 Wesleyan Street
Fort Worth, TX 76105
This program is the only one at the university that is an entry program for Registered Nurses. Nurses who are interested in graduate programs may enroll in Texas Wesleyan University’s CRNA Program.
Students must first complete the fall quarter at the university in Fort Worth. After that, the spring and summer courses may be completed at the student’s clinical site. Video teleconferencing and two-way audio are used for this purpose. At least one other student must enroll in this program for distance learning. There is also an additional $80 per credit hour charged for distance learning.
Another distance learning opportunity offered by Texas Wesleyan University in their CRNA program is to request to be assigned to a clinical site outside of the Fort Worth-Dallas area. Students attend the first two weeks at the university and then complete their studies at their primary clinical site. Video teleconferencing and two-way audio are also used for this distance learning.
Primary clinical sites in Colorado are the following:
Denver Health Medical Center, Denver
University of Colorado Hospital, Denver
Prerequisites for the CRNA Program
A baccalaureate degree is required for entry into this program. The applicant must also have current licensure in Colorado and one year of intensive care experience. Adult or pediatric critical care experience is preferred. In addition, a GPA of at least 2.5 is required. If a student’s GPA is low, the applicant must either have a GPA of 3.0 in science courses or a GRE score of 1000 or greater. This program takes 28 months of full time studies and clinical work to complete.
*Source: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291151.htm#(2) date visited 25 March 2022