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
& 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: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291151.htm#(2) date visited 25 March 2022