In 1952, this program was started by Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota assumed sole sponsorship in 1997. The program has over 600 graduates practicing all over the United States, serving in the military, holding office or serving on committees for the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists or their state associations and participating in charitable mission trips around the world.

APRN Credentialing for the Minnesota Board of Nursing Information

For those of you practicing or holding license in Minnesota, you are probably aware of the Nurse Practice Act amendment in Minnesota. It is important that your Program Completion forms be sent to the correct person(s) or they will be delayed. Please do not send anything to Winona.

Forms will sent to the Board as they are sent to us. Please fill out your part completely and accurately.

If you hold a master's degree from Saint Mary's, enter this onto your form. If you hold a certificate but no master's degrree, enter the name of your anesthesia school (Abbott Northwestern Hospital or Northwestern Hospital).

The Program Completion form for Saint Mary's University of Minnesota graduates (all students holding a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia from Saint Mary's from 1982 to the current date) goes to:

  • Assistant Registrar
  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  • 2500 Park Avenue
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
  • FAX: 612-728-5121

The Program Completion form for all Abbott Northwestern Hospital School of Anesthesia/Northwestern Hospital (all graduates holding a certificate or diploma only from 1952-1984) goes to:

  • Program Director Nurse Anesthesia
  • Saint Mary's University 2500 Park Avenue
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
  • FAX: 612-728-5121
  • email:

Alumni News

SMU Alumin Website To access news, events and services, visit the the website: Saint Mary's Alumni Association

Join us on Facebook! Currently, over 225 alumni and students have joined together on Facebook. Discussions range from job opportunities and practice options to topics for student research papers. The Facebook group is called "Saint Mary's University - Anesthesia." It is listed under the categories of Academic Group and Student Group. Click the logo below to visit our group.


Congratulations to John Scharine CRNA, MSNA, APNP on the publication of his article "Bilateral Transversus Abdominis Plane Nerve Blocks for Analgesia Following Cesarean Delivery: Report of 2 Cases" in the April, 2009 AANA Journal. John is a member of the Class of 1994.

Congratulations to CPT. Peter Strube CRNA, MS, APNP, ANC on the publication of his letter to the editor " Experience With a Patient Having Multiple Gunshot Wounds in Combat " in the AANA Journal. The letter appears in the February 2008 edition. Pete is a member of the Class of 2007.

Congratulations to Thad Henkle-Hanke CRNA, MS and Mark Oleck CRNA, MS on the publication of their paper "Artificial Oxygen Carriers, A Review" in the AANA Journal. The article is scheduled to appear early in 2007. Mark and Thad are members of the Class of 2006.

Help us stay in touch with you. If you are interested in receiving the SMU Nurse Anesthesia Program Newsletter, would like to post a job opportunity or have questions about clinical or academic teaching opportunities send an email to Send any new address or email information to Veronica at

Obtaining Transcripts

To get your transcript, please follow the procedure located on the Office of the Registrar web page. We do not have copies of diplomas.

Verification of Education or Degree for Employers, Credentialling Agencies or State Boards of Nursing

In accordance with federal regulation, the student/alumni must give permission for any information to be released by the college. Verifications cannot be done over the phone. Please sign a consent form from your employer or send a request with your signature to:

Office of the Registrar
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404-4403
Fax: (612) 728-5121 (Attn: Registrar)