Nurse Anesthesia Program

The Master of Science in Nursing with specialty in Anesthesia prepares advanced practicing nurses with a high level of scientific background who have the knowledge and skills to evaluate complex nursing anesthesia situations. Graduates should be able to assume the responsibility for arriving at indicated actions and decisions that may have profound effect upon an individual.

Academic Degree

Master of Science in Nursing with Specialty in Anesthesia (MSN-SA)


  • The curriculum has been designed to prepare professional nurse anesthetists with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for delivery of anesthesia through a variety of methods and other anesthesia related care as defined in the AANA Scope and Standards for Anesthesia Practice.
  • Didactic hours: eight hundreds thirty-seven (837) hours.
  • Clinical Practice hours: twenty one hundred and seventy six (2,176) hours.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program (CCNE – “Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education” or NLNAC – “National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission”).
  • A preferred undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 in general education courses, sciences and nursing courses.
  • An undergraduate statistics and chemistry courses.
  • English proficiency as evidenced by Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a preferred overall point score of 80 and a minimum score of 20 on reading. Click here for a study guide.
  • Evidence of permanent license as registered nurse.
  • To comply with state laws, all students are required to be licensed in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Reciprocity forms may be obtained from the Puerto Rico State Board of Nursing. The license is required at the beginning of the Program.
  • One year of professional experience as a registered nurse in acute critical care in the last five years.
  • Minimum score required:
    • EXADEP – 400 or
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
      • GRE – 400 on both verbal and quantitative reasoning
      • GRE revised General Test- 140 on both verbal and quantitative reasoning
  • Possess current BLS, ACLS and PALS certifications.
  • Three letters of recommendation. One from each of the following: a) most recent employer; b) a health care professional preferably a licensed physician or a CRNA, and c) previous teacher that can attest the academic suitability to pursue graduate education. The letters should reflect an accurate appraisal of clinical skills, experience, and independent decision-making. Recommendation Letter Format.
  • Submit a written commitment to sit for National Certification Examination (NCE) within 120 days after completing the clinical and didactic requirements.
  • Be computer literate.
  • Complete the Medical Sciences Campus’ Online Admissions Form and submit the supporting documentation required. Please visit this link for information regarding application deadline.

Program’s Length of Study

  • Twenty nine (29) consecutive calendar months
  • Full time student enrollment requirement


Expected MSN-Anesthesia Learning Outcomes:

a. Competent Practitioner:

MSN-A graduates demonstrate behaviors as competent practitioners through: Application of knowledgeable, ethical and legal practice; communication skills; and leadership and clinical competencies of nurse anesthetists as defined by COA.

b. Research Skills/EBP

MSN-A graduates demonstrate the following behaviors: Critical appraisal and synthesis of the most relevant and best evidence, utilization of the best evidence into practice, design, implementation, and dissemination of evidence based projects (EBP).

c. Critical Thinking Skills

MSN-A graduates demonstrate critical thinking skills through the following behaviors:   Problem solving and decision making, objective professional practice self-evaluation, and creative problem solving.

Nurse Anesthesia Program Statistics 2016-2017

  • Attrition Rate: 0%
  • Employment Rate: 100%
  • First Time Certification Takers Pass Rate: 67%
  • First Time & Repeat Certification Takers Pass Rate: 100%

Laboratory of Human Simulation

NAP Lab Photos

Contact Us

Postal Address:
Central Admissions Office MSC
Nurse Anethesia Program
PO BOX 365067
San Juan, PR 00936-5067
Telephone: 787-758-2525
Raiza Hidalgo
Central Admissions Office MSC
Ext. 5211
Jorge Hernández Vélez, CRNA MS
Nurse Anesthesia Program Director
Ext. 2034
Silma Torres
Administrative Assistant III, NAP
Ext. 1985
Fax: 787-759-3644
Yamil Calderón López
Orientation Officer
Exts. 1099, 1089