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.
Prepare highly qualified, competent nurse anesthesia professionals with a solid foundation in evidence-based practice and critical thinking skills; that lead and foster collaborative efforts while educating and providing the best quality of care to a culturally diverse society.
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.
- In addition, 33 hours of independent study are required in course ENFE 6900 – Comprehensive Nurse Anesthesia Examination.
- Bachelor’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)).
A 3.00 GPA in general education courses, sciences and nursing courses.
- An undergraduate statistics and chemistry course.
- 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.
- At least one (1) year of professional experience as a registered nurse in acute critical care during the last five (5) years.
- Minimum score required:
- Possess current BLS, ACLS and PALS certifications.
- Three (3) letters of recommendation. One (1) 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.
New Application Deadlines
- Early admission (August start): October 31
- Regular admission (August start): January 31
- Applicants can begin submitting documentation after September 1st of each year.
Program’s Length of Study
- Twenty nine (29) consecutive calendar months
- Full-time student enrollment requirement
- Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) – 11/2022
- 222 S. Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, Ill. 60068-4001
- COA’s List of Accredited Educational Programs
- 222 S. Prospect Avenue
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)- 03/2027
- Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
- Approved by the Puerto Rico Council on Education