The Anesthesia Program is in the process of transitioning to a doctoral degree. For this reason, students will not be admitted for the Master’s degree during the year 2021-2022. The Council on Accreditation (COA) requires that all students who enroll in a Program as of January 1, 2022, be enrolled in a COA approved program to award a Doctoral Degree in Nursing Practice (DNP). Our Program intends to submit your application to convert the current Program to a Doctoral Program in Nursing Practice with a Specialty in Anesthesia in May 2021. Pending approval by the COA, the Program expects to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in June 2022. For more information on this transition, contact the Program.

The Doctor in Nursing Practice 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 to identify and assume the best course of actions and decisions that may have a profound effect upon an individual.


Prepare highly qualified, advanced nurse anesthesia professionals at the doctoral level with a solid foundation in evidence-based practice, critical thinking skills, quality improvement, and systems leadership; that lead and foster collaborative efforts, while educating and providing the best quality of anesthesia care to a culturally diverse society.

Academic Degree

Doctor in Nursing Practice with Specialty in Anesthesia (DNP-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: One thousand and seventy-one (1,071) hours.
  • Clinical Practice: Two thousand, five hundred and forty-four (2,544) hours.
  • Clinical Correlational Conferences: Fifty-four (54) hours.
  • Laboratory/Simulation: One hundred and twenty-six (126) hours.
  • Independent Study: Sixty (60) hours.

Admission Requirements

  1. Possess a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program (CCNE or ACEN).
  2. A 3.00 GPA in general education courses, sciences, and nursing courses.
  3. Undergraduate Statistics and Chemistry courses with B grade or better (3 credits each).
  4. English proficiency as evidenced by TOEFL preferably a general score of 80 or above and a specific reading score of 20 or more). Required for students not completing high school or college education in the continental U.S.
  5. Demonstrate Spanish proficiency during the interview process.
  6. Evidence of current license as registered nurse.
  7. To comply with state laws, all students are required to be licensed as a registered nurse in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The license is required at the beginning of the study program.
  8. Must have a minimum of one year (two preferred) of full-time work experience (2,080hours), or its part-time equivalent, as a registered nurse in a critical care setting within the last five years. The applicant must have developed as an independent decision-maker capable of using and interpreting advanced monitoring techniques based on knowledge of physiological and pharmacological principles.
  9. Possess current competency in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support certifications (PALS)
  10. 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) a 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.
  11. Submit a written commitment to sit for National Certification Examination (NCE) within 120 days after graduation.
  12. Submit an updated Curriculum Vitae.
  13. Complete the Medical Sciences Campus’ Online Admissions Form and submit the supporting documentation required.
  14. Obtain a minimum average of 70% as a result of the total of the following criteria:

Criteria for Students Selection

A minimum avarage of 70% as a result of the sum of the following criteria:

  • Cumulative GPA                                                          20%
  • Minimum Specific Index                                              25%
  • Simulation                                                                   15%
  • Personal Interview                                                      25%
  • Scientific Paper Analysis                                            10%
  • Analysis or Curriculum Vitae                                       5%

Program’s Length of Study

  • Thirty-six (36) consecutive calendar months.
  • Full-time student enrollment requirement.


Nurse Anesthesia Program Statistics

  • Attrition Rate: 0%
  • Employment Rate: 0%
  • National Certification Examination Pass Rate  0%
  • First-time Takers of National Certification Examination Pass Rate: 0%

Clinical Experience

Students will train in a variety of clinical settings covering a wide range of clinical experiences. Students will complete more than 2,500 clinical hours in addition to simulated experiences in our Center for Skills Development

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 Menéndez, MSN, CRNA
Assistant Director
Ext. 1987


Adamarys Rivera Cruz
Admissions Official
Ext. 5230


Yamil Calderón López
Orientation Officer
Exts. 1099, 1089