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.

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.
  • In addition, 33 hours of independent study are required in course ENFE 6900 – Comprehensive Nurse Anesthesia Examination.

Admission Requirements

  • 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:
    • 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 (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.


  • The Anesthesia Program is in the process of transition to a doctoral degree. For this reason, students will not be admitted for the Master’s degree during the year 2021-2022.

Program’s Length of Study

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


Nurse Anesthesia Program Statistics

  • Attrition for the most recent graduating class: 36%
  • Employment of graduates within six months of graduation: 100%
  • Certification examination pass rate for first-time takers (Class of 2019): 71%

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Plan to Transition to the Doctoral Degree

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a Nurse Anesthesia Educational Program on January 1, 2022 or thereafter be enrolled in a Program approved by the COA to award a Practice Doctoral Degree (DNP). Our Program plans to submit its application to the COA for approval to award the Doctor in Nursing Practice with Specialty in Anesthesia Degree in May 2021. Pending approval by the COA, the Program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in June 2022. Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting the Program.

Contact Us

Postal Address:
Central Admissions Office MSC
Nurse Anesthesia Program
PO BOX 365067
San Juan, PR 00936-5067

Telephone: 787-758-2525

José L. Bonilla García, DNAP, CRNA
Program Director
Ext. 2034

Lilliana Villar Menendez, MSN, CRNA
Assistant Director
Ext. 1987

Adamarys Rivera Cruz
Admissions Official
Ext. 5230

Yamil Calderón López
Orientation Officer
Exts. 1099, 1089