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As mentioned in previous posts, part of the trend these days is new CRNA schools being established in recent years. One new school to talk about today is the University of Mobile CRNA Program.
About the University of Mobile CRNA School
The University of Mobile is a private school in the town of Mobile, Alabama offering a DNAP degree. Speaking of the location, Mobile is a port city near the coast of Alabama. The city itself is quite gorgeous with historical town squares and a vibrant cultural hub. However, the disadvantage is that the poverty rate is quite high, being 22.4%, compared to the average poverty rate of Alabama of 18%, and the overall US poverty rate of 9.2%. The advantage of studying here as a CRNA student is that the cost of living is very affordable in the United States and being close to the water is quite a nice quality of life to take a break from the long hours studying and being at clinicals.
UMobile CRNA School Class Size & Admissions
As mentioned, the University of Mobile CRNA program is brand new with the first cohort coming in 2021. It’s a Front Loaded DNP program, which is 36 months. The school received approximately 50 qualified applicants and as mentioned that the class size would be 12 CRNAs, thus making the acceptance rate 35%. On average, CRNA programs admit 24 students per class, so the nurse anesthetist school class size at UMobile is quite small. In addition, this is more or less the same as the average CRNA school acceptance rate of 31% in the State of Alabama. Alabama CRNA schools tend to be easier to get admitted as the national average is 26%.
University of Mobile CRNA Program Requirements
When I look at the overall requirements for the Mobile CRNA School, they seem less competitive than other schools. This is probably because it’s the first year of running. These include
- BSN degree from accredited university
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- 11 months experience in ICU
- 3 references – one from a clinical supervisor, one from someone in academia, and the last from a practicing nursing professional.
- Course Prerequisites of General Chemistry with Lab, Anatomy, Physiology and Microbiology.
The University of Mobile CRNA Program offers 5 clinical sites with simulation labs. The CRNA school embraces Didactic methods, including distance learning and online courses.
University of Mobile CRNA School Tuition
The Tuition of the University of Mobile program for In-State and Out-of State students is the same at approximately US$88,000. UMobile has stated that each Nurse Anesthesia Practice credit hour is US$1,000 and you need 88 credits. In addition, there is an application fee of US$50 when applying. The average CRNA school tuition across the country is US$100,305, so the cost of attending the UMobile CRNA school is slightly more affordable.
University of Mobile CRNA Summary
It’s really exciting for me to see more nurse anesthesia schools being established to open the opportunity for more students. Recently in June 2021, the University of Mobile announced the joining of the new director for the school of Anesthesia as well as a new associate program director. As the program is brand new, I think it’s a wait and see and I hope to get more feedback in the coming months and years on current students and practicing CRNAs.
Best CRNA Schools in Alabama
As you’ve shown interest in the University of Mobile CRNA Program, you might enjoy the list of best CRNA schools in Alabama.
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Further Alabama CRNA Information
Map of CRNA Schools by State
With two CRNA schools in Alabama (now three!), you may also be interested in applying to CRNA programs nearby in other States. The States close by to Alabama that have nurse anesthetist schools include:
- CRNA Schools in North Carolina
- CRNA Schools in Tennessee
- GA: CRNA Schools in Georgia
- CRNA Schools in Florida
The darker the blue color equivocates to more CRNA Schools in the State.
Tier 1 = 6 or more CRNA Schools
2nd Tier = 3 to 5 CRNA Schools
Tier 3 = 1 or 2 CRNA Schools
White means no CRNA schools in the State.
Data source: everythingCRNA
CRNA Salary in Alabama
Since you’re reading about CRNA Schools in Alabama, we thought you might be interested in learning about the CRNA Salary in Alabama if you’re going to work in the State. Be sure to also check out our CRNA Salary Guide and CRNA Starting Salary if you’re still a student or if you’re wondering how much a fresh CRNA can make right out of nurse anesthesia school. Different States have different demand and supply economics of nurse anesthetists, so my advice is to be sure to read up on different states to see which ones fit you best.
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