CRNA Programs in Illinois

If you are a Registered Nurse thinking about continuing education and graduate degrees, you may want to consider the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) career. A Bachelor of Science and experience in critical care are the first steps to becoming a CRNA.

CRNA Certification in Illinois

CRNAs in Illinois must have a current state license as an RN. They must also complete an accredited CRNA program and pass the certification examination upon graduation.

Illinois CRNA Registry

Illinois Department of Financial

& Professional Regulation

320 West Washington Street

Springfield, IL 62786

CRNA Jobs and Salary in Illinois

CRNAs are employed in doctor’s and dentist’s offices, as well as in hospitals such as the following:

Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago

Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur

Evanston Hospital, Evanston

Holy Cross Hospital, Chicago

Memorial Medical Center, Springfield

St. John’s Hospital, Springfield

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) May 2020 data, the annual mean wage of nurse anesthetists in Illinois is $ 194,950.*

(Based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary)

CRNA Programs in Illinois

Most programs require current licensure in Illinois and a BSN. When the CRNA program is complete, candidates will have a Master of Science Nurse Anesthesia degree.

Decatur Memorial CRNA School

Decatur Memorial Hospital

With Millikin University

2300 North Edward Street

Decatur, IL 62526

This 31 month program leads to a Master of Science in Nursing or Nurse Administered Anesthesia Major. Prerequisites are a BSN, GPA of 3.0, and GRE scores if GPA is below 3.0.

Evanston Northwestern Hospital

School of Nurse Anesthesia

DePaul University

& North Shore Evanston Hospital

School of Nurse Anesthesia

2650 Ridge Avenue, Rm. G603

Evanston, IL 60201

This CRNA program takes 36 months to complete. A BSN is preferred, and a GPA of 3.0 and GRE of 1000 are required.

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine

and Science Nurse Anesthetist Program

3333 Green Bay Road

North Chicago, IL 60064

This 27 month program leads to a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia. Current licensure in Illinois and Wisconsin are required. Two years of experience in critical care are preferred, and there are no GPA requirements. GRE scores should be above 1000.

Rush University College of Nursing

Nurse Anesthetist Program

600 S. Paulina Street

Armour Academic Center, #1034

Chicago, IL 60612

This program lasts for 27 months, but a Doctorate Nursing Practice will soon be implemented at the university that will take 36 months or longer to complete. A Bachelor’s Degree is needed for entrance to this program, but it does not need to be a BSN. A GPA of 3.0 and GRE of 900 are required.

Southern Illinois University


School of Nursing

Anesthesia Nursing Specialization

Campus Box 1066

Edwardsville, IL 62026

This CRNA program takes 31 months to complete and it leads to a Master of Science Degree with a specialization in Nurse Anesthesia. A BSN is required as well as a GPA of 3.0. The GRE is not required.

*Source: date visited 25 March 2022