May 19, 2022  
Graduate Studies Catalog 2013-2014 
Graduate Studies Catalog 2013-2014 [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, 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 NA track is offered as a 60-credit master’s degree for baccalaureate-prepared nurses, and 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.

Any student who fails to receive a final grade of B or higher in the NA specialty courses will be dismissed from the NA track.  This applies to all courses in the track except for NURS 591 , NURS 593 , NURS 594 , and NURS 595 .

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.  Any student who receives an Unsatisfactory in a clinical practicum course will be dismissed from the program.


The MSN program with a concentration in nurse anesthesia is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 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 concentration 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 tuition, nurse anesthesia students pay the following fees:  nurse anesthesia clinical fee of $2,500 per year, student nurse anesthetist liability insurance of $275 per year, self evaluation examination fee of $125 per year, and student tracking software fee of $100 per year. Students are also required to join the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists during the first week of the program.  This fee is currently $200 and covers the student for the length of the program.

A one-time, nonrefundable fee of $2,000 is payable 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.


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