Aug 04, 2020  
Graduate Studies Catalog 2012-2013 
Graduate Studies Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nurse Anesthesia, M.S.N. and Post-Master’s Certificate

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Dr. Mary Jane S. Hanson, Director of Graduate Program

Dr. Caroline Raskiewicz, Associate Director of Nurse Anesthesia Program

The Nurse Anesthesia (NA) track prepares registered nurses to function in the role of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA). Upon completion the graduate will be prepared to administer all types of anesthesia to diverse populations in a variety of clinical settings.

Graduates will be eligible to take the national certification examination for CRNA from the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists.


The 60-credit Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program with a concentration in nurse anesthesia 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 track 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 MSN program with a concentration in nurse anesthesia 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.

Admission Requirements

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 completed applications is October 1 of the year prior to expected enrollment. All admissions requirements for the NA track must be met by the application deadline.

Transfer of Credit

The student may transfer a maximum of three credits outside of the NA specialty curriculum into the MSN program with a concentraton in nurse anesthesia.


The track 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 are also required.


In addition to The University of Scranton tuition, anesthesia students pay $2,500 per year in clinical fees. A one-time, nonrefundable fee of $2,000 is payable to The University of Scranton at the time of admission to the MSN program with a concentration in nurse anesthesia. 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. Students are also required to pay the following fees: Liability Insurance Fee, per Fall Semester (Billed in the 1st & 2nd year) $274; Self Evaluation Exam Fee, per Spring Semester (Billed in the 1st & 2nd year) $110; & Medatrax Fee, per Fall Semester (BIlled in the 1st & 2nd year) $100.


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