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The Department of Anesthesiology

Nurse Anesthesia Concentration

The Program

The University of Tennessee, College of Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia Concentration is a 31-month program, culminating in the awarding of a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a concentration in Nurse Anesthesia to successful candidates. The application deadline is February 1 each year (11 months prior to the beginning of the program of study). Eligible and competitive applicants are selected for personal interview in April (following the February application deadline). Candidates selected for admission, from the pool of applicants that are interviewed in April, begin the program nine months later in January.

Students who successfully meet the clinical and didactic requirements of the program officially complete the program in August, approximately 2.5 years after they begin their studies and are then eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination (NCE). Typically graduates of the Nurse Anesthesia Concentration are employed less than 6 months after graduation.

Clinical Sites

The primary clinical site for the program is the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, a 581-bed Acute Care Teaching Hospital and a Level-I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, which offers a wide range of clinical experiences to student registered nurse anesthetists. Additionally, the following clinical facilities are utilized for curricular enrichment and supplementation:


Applicants must have the following:

Please see the Nurse Anesthesia Concentration Program Information document for further details.

ICU Experience

To be considered for admission, applicants must have completed at least one year of current, full-time adult critical care nursing experience prior to the start of the program.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills and feel comfortable working with ventilators, numerous vasoactive drugs, such as nitroglycerin, nitroprusside, dopamine and amiodarone. In addition, applicants must possess a thorough understanding of EKG interpretation and be able to apply hemodynamic values to patient care.

Some examples of adult critical care areas that meet this requirement include (but are not limited to) the following:

Please note: Nursing experience in the ER, ICN, Pediatric ICU, or PAR does not fulfill this requirement.

Experience in other intensive care units

While experience in adult critical care is required, employment time in neonatal and/or pediatric ICU is considered to be very advantageous and may count toward the minimum one-year critical care criterion. Other work history may be considered on a case-by-case basis, but must include experience in units where nurses care for high acuity, critically ill patients on a 1:1 ratio who require invasive monitoring and the administration of vasoactive drugs. For example, while it cannot supersede the critical care (ICU) requirement, Flight Nursing is considered highly complementary experience for applicants to the UT Knoxville Program.

CCRN Certification

While the Program does not necessarily require applicants to have CCRN certification prior to application, admission will be contingent upon achieving this or similar professional milestone before matriculation. Other acceptable certifications include but are not necessarily limited to:

Faculty and Staff

Program Director - Dr. Julie Bonom, CRNA, DNP, APN
Associate Program Director - Dr. Terrica Durbin, CRNA, DNP, APN
Clinical Education Coordinator - Ms. Candice Dingus, CRNA, MSN, APN
Lecturer - Dr. Brian Mountain, CRNA, DNP, APN
Administrative Support Specialist - Ms. Alisa Canupp, BA

Program Application

Program information and application materials are available for downloading by clicking on the following links:

For questions, or to schedule an appointment with one of the Program Faculty, interested applicants may feel free to contact the Nurse Anesthesia Concentration directly by calling 865-305-7762.

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Information on Tuition, Fees and estimated total Cost of Attendance is available on the Bursar's Office Website. Visit UTKs Financial Aid Office Website for information about grants, scholarships, loans and to obtain a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The cost per credit hour is the standard charge for UTK graduate students. In addition to the tuition charges and standard fees, there is a $575 fee for each nurse anesthesia didactic and clinical course.

Program Statistics and Accreditation

The following table indicates the NBCRNA Certification Pass Rates for graduates of the Nurse Anesthesia Concentration

  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
First Attempt 86% 80% 87% 53% 76%
Subsequent Attempts 100% 100% 93% 100% 100%

The Nurse Anesthesia Concentration's student attrition rates are as follows:

  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Enrolled 15 15 15 16 17
Attrition 1 1 0 1 0
Percentage 7% 7% 0% 6% 0%
  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

Graduate Employment Rates within Six Months of Graduation

100% 100% 100% 93% 100%


In 2014, the MSN UT Nurse Anesthesia Concentration program of study received a maximum 10-year accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). The next accreditation onsite review is scheduled for April 2024.

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
222 South Prospect Avenue, Suite 304
Park Ridge, IL 60068-4010
Telephone: (847) 692-7050
Fax: (847) 692-7137

The UT College of Nursing MSN program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 887-6791
Fax: (202) 887-8476


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