Prospective Students

This is a program offered by Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs. The qualified student is admitted to Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and is directed toward the goal of earning a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia. Saint Mary’s University believes in building and developing on the baccalaureate base with emphasis on a strong scientific and technical background. Graduates will be prepared to practice in a wide variety of settings and in diverse methods of administering a safe anesthetic. The graduate is eligible to write the certification examination as offered by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists. Successful completion of the examination entitles the graduate to be known as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.

The graduate program is based on earning 64 semester credits in a minimum of twenty-eight months (seven semesters). The program integrates clinical and academic experiences.

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411 

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71.  Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

The Nurse Anesthesia Program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 222 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068; (847) 655-1160, (  The program's next review by the COA is scheduled for May/October 2020.

The Nurse Anesthesia Program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

You can begin your application by following this link: Nurse Anesthesia Program Application. We no longet accept paper applications. PLEASE NOTE: If you are re-applying, or have already submitted a complete paper application, contact the Admissions Department for guidance. Applications for prospective students who are not accepted are kept for only one year. You may apply at any time during the year, all applications are reviewed after the April first deadline. Late applications will not be reviewed until the following year.

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, 2020. 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

If you have questions about the program, the profession, or any of the materials provided on this web site, please feel free to email the Program Director with your questions. Just follow this email link to contact: Dr. Leah Gordon

Decision letters are going out.

The waiting list for the class starting in 2019 is at number: 1