Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia

Welcome to the home page for the Master of Science degree in Nurse Anesthesia at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. This site is designed for our current and future students, alumni, faculty and staff. Our site features the latest news from the program and the field Nurse Anesthesia, contact information for the faculty and staff, application forms, and a list of interesting and useful links.

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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. The program plans to submit its application to the COA for approval to award the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in May, 2019. Pending approval by the COA, the program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in May 2020. Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting the Program Director Dr. Leah Gordon.

Program Philosophy

The Master of Science program in Nurse Anesthesia originated in response to the request of leaders in the health care field for graduate level education in the field of Nurse Anesthesia. With this need in mind, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota developed this program.

With a focus on meeting the needs of adult learners, the program's goal is to provide a positive and supportive learning environment, preparing the professional nurse in the art and science of anesthesia and meeting the societal need for safe and competent anesthesia care.

The program provides the student with a curriculum that includes formal and informal instruction in scientific principles, clinical practice and professional growth opportunities. Core values upheld by all members of this community include academic excellence, professionalism and personal integrity, responsibility and compassion. A shared sense of responsibility exists between the faculty and the student to reach the goal of becoming a Nurse Anesthetist.

Accreditation, Attrition and Employment Rates, and NCE Pass Rates

For complete academic information, please visit the SMU academic program page for the M.S. in Nurse Anesthesia