Not sure about UTK, but Chattanooga is Master of Science in Nursing, dealing with a couple of fluff classes, doing a project/thesis, based at Erlanger and a few outlying facilities. There is no competition by anesthesia residents. Erlanger is our playground for 55-60 (cannot exceed 65) hours week with weeknight and weekend call. MTSA is not MSN based, no theory courses, but you are farmed out to some out of the way places as far as clinicals. Not sure about competition with residents.
If I am wrong about anything that has been told to me, please feel free to correct any misunderstandings. Not trying to compare the programs, but just to give insight to UTC and Erlanger's program..
Hope this helps the OP.