Dr. Mary Jane S. Hanson, Director of Graduate Program
Dr. Carol Raskiewicz, Associate Director of Nurse Anesthesia Program
The Nurse Anesthesia (NA) program prepares registered nurses to function in the role of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA). Upon completion of the program the graduate will be prepared to administer all types of anesthesia to diverse populations in a variety of clinical settings.
Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the national certification examination for CRNA from the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists.
The 60-credit NA master’s degree program for baccalaureate prepared nurses is offered through an affiliation between The University of Scranton and the Wyoming Valley Health Care System - Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia. The NA program is also offered as a 48-credit post-master’s certificate for nurses already holding a nursing master’s degree in advanced practice. Transcripts of students with an entry level master’s in nursing degree will be evaluated on an individual basis for transfer credit.
In addition to course work, each student is required to complete a clinical practicum. The practicum (NURS 546 , NURS 556 , NURS 558 , NURS 566 , NURS 576 , NURS 578 ) is taken over two years (25 months) of full-time study.
The program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, 222 S. Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, Il 60068-4001, Telephone (847) 692-7050.
In addition to the requirements previously listed for graduate study in nursing, nurse anesthesia applicants must also have a minimum of one year of recent critical care nursing experience, current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification, current Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification, and have completed two courses in college chemistry.
The deadline for applications is October 1 of the year prior to expected enrollment. All admissions requirements must be met by the application deadline.
Transfer of Credit
A minimum of nine credits outside of the NA specialty curriculum must be taken at The University of Scranton.
The program can be completed in 25 months of continuous full-time study. There is no part-time option. Students are accepted for the fall semester to the full-time program. Most classes and clinical practicums are scheduled during the day. However, evening classes and clinicals may be required.
In addition to The University of Scranton tuition, anesthesia students pay $2,500 per year clinical fees. A one-time, nonrefundable fee of $2,000 is payable to The University of Scranton at the time of admission to the Nurse Anesthesia program. This fee assures the student’s place in class and will be applied to tuition for the initial fall semester of full-time nurse anesthesia study.