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University of Alabama at Birmingham, located in the Yellowhammer State of Birmingham, Alabama offers one of the top CRNA programs in the United States. The UAB CRNA program length is 36 months (114 credit hours) beginning in the calendar month of May each year.  This detailed summary will discuss the degree, course structure, class size, acceptance rates, admissions, tuition costs and other helpful information for the school.

#88 Best CRNA Schools – UAMS CRNA

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We spent hundreds of hours interviewing nurse anesthetists to come up with the list of Best CRNA schools where we include real feedback on all CRNA schools from nurse anesthesiologists all over the US.  In our Best CRNA School survey, UAB has a CRNA School Ranking of #88 out of 124 CRNA Schools. 

For more information on all CRNA schools, check out Best CRNA Schools and CRNA School Rankings.

UAB DNP

Upon graduation from the CRNA program, you will receive a University of Alabama at Birmingham, DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) degree.  As a reminder, CRNA master’s degrees will no longer be offered by CRNA schools from 2022. Therefore, all degrees offered from CRNA schools will be Doctor degrees such as:

  • DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) 
  • DNP-A (Doctor of Nursing Practice – Anesthesia)
  • DNP-NA (Doctor of Nursing Practice – Nurse Anesthesia)
  • DMPNA  (Doctor of Management Practice – Nurse Anesthesia)

For instance, many healthcare professions, like Pharmacy, are also moving towards the doctorate degree as the entry level to enter the profession.

UAB CRNA Program Course Load

The UAB DNP degree program is based on a front loaded course load.  In other words, an integrated CRNA degree is one where clinical experience begins in the first year with both clinical hours and classroom lectures throughout the program length. 

On the other hand, this is different than an front loaded CRNA degree where the first year is considered mainly academic with classroom education while the remaining years are focused on clinical rotations. 

In general, there is no right or wrong method of teaching – roughly 33% of schools have integrated course loads in the first year and 67% are front loaded. 

Therefore, the trend of more clinical hours in the first year has been increasing in recent years as CRNA schools realize the importance of practical experience and knowledge sooner rather than later.

University of Alabama at Birmingham CRNA Program Class Size

The UAB Nurse Anesthesia class size is 40 students and considered big.  To give a frame of reference, the average class size of CRNA programs across the nation is 24 CRNA students. 

UAB Nurse Anesthesia Tuition Rates & Admissions

The application deadline for the UAB CRNA program is on May 1st .  The UAB CRNA program does not accept applications via NursingCas, which means applicants will have to apply directly to the school.  The program charges an application fee of US$45, which is on par with the average CRNA application fee of US$61.

In summary, the UAB CRNA acceptance rate is 35% and is deemed extremely competitive.  As a comparison to other CRNA schools, the average CRNA school acceptance rate across the United States is 26%.

UAB CRNA Tuition

UAB CRNA In-State tuition is US$86,033, which is more or less the same as the average.  The average In-State tuition for CRNA schools is US$89,490 in the United States.

UAB CRNA Out-of-State Tuition is US$170,963 and is extremely expensive. The average Out-of-State tuition for CRNA schools is US$105,291 across the country. 

Above all, for both In-State and Out-of-State tuition, these tuition figures include the total cost of the entire program excluding living expenses. 

Consequently, after one year of living in many States, you would be considered an ‘In State’ resident for tuition purposes.  In short, rules vary state by state.  Therefore, please do additional research on this if you are applying as an Out-of-State CRNA student.

Most CRNA schools charge this reservation fee and the average across the nation is US$1,358.  UAB does not charge a reservation fee.

Always remember that CRNA Scholarship programs do exist to help students with tuition. 

UAB CRNA Program Additional Information

For your guidance, we have listed out additional information (GRE requirement, student attrition, first time test taker pass rate, etc.) that may be helpful to you on the nurse anesthesia program in the table below.

Best CRNA School RatingUS News RankingNameStateCityDegree OfferedProgram Length (Months)Credit HoursApplication DeadlineNursingCas (Yes/No)GREAcceptance Rate %Student Attrition %Test Taker Pass Rate %In-State Tuition (US$000's)Out-of-State Tuition (US$000's)
85N/AUAMS CRNA ProgramArkansasLittle RockDNP3695JanNNot Required35%N/AN/A$75$108

Nurse Anesthetist Salary in Alabama

CRNA Starting Salary

Since you’ve shown interest in the CRNA Program at UAB, 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! 

Other Information on UAB CRNA

Website: University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Note: We have updated all the information for the 2021 academic school year.

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Author Bio: Nelson started everythingCRNA to help aspiring, student and practicing CRNAs & CAAs. Nelson is currently a CRNA in New York City.  Previously, he worked as an ICU Travel RN and Critical Care RN in Philadelphia, Miami, Washington DC, and Boston.  He earned his BSN from Penn State and his MSN from Bloomsburg.  He is also a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). In his free time, he enjoys working out, exploring the outdoors, and helping future CRNAs.

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