Medical Education

Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) offer a collaborative program through which registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree in nursing have the opportunity to obtain the skills necessary to begin practice as a professional nurse anesthetist. Students completing this program graduate with a Master of Science Degree in Nursing and a Certificate in Nurse Anesthesia and are eligible to sit for the National Board of Certification and Recertification’s (NBCRNA) National Certification Examination for Nurse Anesthetists. Successful completion of exam qualifies the graduate to use the title of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

The Master of Science in Nursing component of the program is accredited through the University of North Carolina at Charlotte by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  Accreditation from the Commission has been granted through 2021.

The nurse anesthesia component of the program is accredited through Carolinas Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Program by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).  Accreditation from the Council has been granted through May 30, 2024.  The COA’s website can be accessed by clicking here.  Additional contact information for the COA is listed below:

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)
222 S. Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, Ill. 60068-4001
Main Number: 847-655-1160
Fax: 847-692-7137
Email: Accreditation@coa.us.com

New classes begin in the fall of each year, concurrent with the academic calendar at UNC Charlotte (UNCC). To learn more, please visit UNCC School of Nursing Master of Nursing program.

UNC Charlotte and Carolinas Medical Center are committed to equality of educational opportunity.  The Carolinas Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Program/UNCC  does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other factor protected by law.

Contact information for the CMC Nurse Anesthesia Program:

CMC Nurse Anesthesia Program
1200 Blythe Blvd.
Charlotte, NC  28203
Telephone: 704-355-2375
Fax: 704-355-7263

View program information for CMC Nurse Anesthesia

Contact information for UNC Charlotte:

UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC  28223
Telephone: 704-687-7994
Fax: 704-687-6017
Email: Ashley Lopez

View application information for both programs

Quick Facts about the Nurse Anesthesia Program

  • One class per year (starts in fall semester)
  • 24 students per class
  • Graduating class of December 2015 
    • 92 percent graduation rate 
    • 91 percent National Certification Exam pass rate on first attempt
    • 95 percent National Certification Exam pass rate on second attempt
    • 100 percent job placement within six months of graduation
  • Ten year National Certification Exam Pass Rate
    • 88.4 percent first time test takers pass rate
    • 99 percent National Certification Exam pass rate on retake
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