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It seems like more and more new CRNA programs have been offered each year, and one of the newest in 2021 is the Hofstra CRNA program, offered by the Hofstra University Northwell School of Nursing located in Hempstead, New York. For those unfamiliar, this is located to the east of Brooklyn and about 90 minutes from NYC by train.
I bring the program to your attention, as the Hofstra CRNA school is different from other CRNA programs mentioned on the website. This is because it’s actually the first and only (at the current time in 2021) CRNA program to offer a certificate in both CRNA and Acute Care & Gerontology Nurse Practitioners (AC-GNP). For those who are not aware, the purpose of adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioners is to provide higher degree of nursing cares to adults, elderly and those with acute, chronic and critical conditions. The key word is ‘acute’ as the focus is on patients with critical conditions, chronic or episodic illnesses which may include clinics, physician offices, hospitals and even retirement homes. The program has received initial accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs as of May 2021 so it’s good to go.
This is a full time DNP Doctoral program, meaning it’s 36 months across 97 credit hours starting in September of every year. The Hofstra CRNA program is Integrated Didactic Clinical by nature with face-to-face instruction. The school does not permit you to work or have any part time jobs during the program, so it’s important that you take that into account.
Hofstra CRNA Acceptance Rate & Admissions
As this is a new program, there are no known acceptance rates. The school has mentioned that they plan on taking 20 students. Compared to the national average CRNA acceptance rate of 26%, you might have a better shot of getting into the Hofstra nurse anesthesia program as it’s brand new if you show potential and can be a good role model for future students to come. Usually schools are easier to get into if they are brand new or are in farther remote locations, and Hofstra’s CRNA program falls into the former category. They have said that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis through NursingCas.
Hofstra CRNA Program Requirements
I found the general requirements of the Hofstra CRNA school to be pretty standard compared to other CRNA schools. These include:
- BSN in Nursing
- NY State RN license (either prior to applying or by the time you enter the program)
- 2 years in ICU or PICU
- CCRN Certification
- AHA Certification
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Shadow experience
As these requirements may change, please check with the official school website for any new updates.
Hofstra CRNA Program Tuition
New York is an expensive state to go to school, not even speaking of nurse anesthesia programs in NYC. The Hofstra CRNA tuition for In-State and Out-of-State is exactly the same of US$141,038, so there’s no discounts for being a New York resident. You can compare this with the average In-State tuition for CRNA schools is US$89,490 and average Out-of-State tuition for CRNA schools is US$105,291 across the country. This excludes minor fees like the AANA Associate member fee ($200) and SEE Exam Fee ($250) as well as lab attire and AANA wellness modules.
If you would like to compare the tuition with other CRNA schools in NY, they include, the Buffalo CRNA Program, Albany Medical College CRNA and Columbia University CRNA school. If cost is very important to you, then the Hofstra CRNA program might be difficult without financial aid. However, remember that a CRNA program is an investment in your future. That means your income after the first two to four years, depending where you work and how much time you put in, is sufficient to pay off all your school loans.
Final Thoughts on the Hofstra CRNA Program
Although too soon to list on our list of Best CRNA schools, I hope we’ll get more feedback from future students there to include them in our rankings and here. If you have any feedback on the program, please feel free to leave a comment or send email me directly.
The program is being run by Michael Greco, who is the Assistant VP of System Nurse Anesthesia Practice and Director of Nurse Anesthesia Services at Northwell Health.
Nurse Anesthetist Salary in NY
Since you’ve shown interest in the CRNA Program at Hofstra, you should definitely check out our CRNA Salary Guide and CRNA Starting Salary Guide. If you’re still a student or wondering how much a nurse anesthetist earns fresh out of school, this info is very useful.
After all, it’s important to know how long it will take to pay off student loans and your payback period on time spent studying and tuition. Hundreds of hours were spent analyzing CRNA salary information. We go over data from BLS, the yearly AANA survey from +5,000 actual CRNAs in addition to my own nurse anesthetist job offers I received after graduating. I strongly believe that you’ll find the information helpful in becoming a better and more informed nurse anesthetist!
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