Nurse anesthesia student

M.S. in Nurse Anesthesia (Minneapolis School of Anesthesia)

Preparing certified nurse anesthetists

The Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program, offered in partnership with the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia, is for qualified Registered Nurses who wish to earn a Master of Science degree while pursuing education as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. The objective of the program is to prepare nurses for positions as nurse anesthetists on healthcare teams. 

Program Goals

Saint Mary’s believes in building and developing on the baccalaureate base with emphasis on a strong scientific and technical background. 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. Graduates will be prepared to practice in a wide variety of settings and will learn diverse methods of administering a safe anesthetic.

The program provides the student with a curriculum that includes instruction in scientific principles and clinical practice with professional growth opportunities. Core values upheld by all members of this community include academic excellence, professionalism, personal integrity, responsibility, and compassion.

Exam Preparation

Graduates of this Saint Mary's program are eligible to take the Certification Examination offered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists. Upon successful completion of the exam, graduates are known as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.

Additional Program

Saint Mary's also offers its own M.S. in Nurse Anesthesia degree, offering students an alternative learning site. Both programs feature curricula that are highly regarded in the industry and offer clinical instruction from professionals in the field.

Accreditation

The Nurse Anesthesia Program enjoys full accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. The United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognize the Council.

From Start to Finish

  • The M.S. in Nurse Anesthesia Program offered in partnership with the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia can be completed in a little more than two years.

To apply for this program, or for more information, visit the MSA website.

Locations

This program is offered on the campus of the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia in St. Louis Park.

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Students must earn 48 semester credits in order to receive the master's degree.  Of the 48 credits, 38 credits are delivered by Saint Mary's University and 10 credits are delivered by Minneapolis School of Anesthesia.


Semester I (Fall)

NA616 Principles of Anesthesia Practice I (1 cr.)

This course presents the physiology of various positions for anesthesia, various care plans, and the importance of universal precautions.

NA617 Principles of Anesthesia Practice II (2 cr.)

The course presents the administration of general anesthesia with emphasis on gas machines, vaporizers, and monitoring devices.

NA639 Chemistry and Physics (5 cr.)

This course presents aspects of inorganic and organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physics, which are applicable to the science and practice of anesthesia.  The course covers the application of learned principles to various aspects of anesthesia.  Topics include the chemistry and physics of anesthetic agents, accessory drugs, therapeutic agents, explosion hazards, and electrical safety.

NA644 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology I (5 cr.)

This course presents aspects of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology, which are relevant to the science and practice of anesthesia.  Topics include cell physiology, nervous system, and respiratory system.

NA655 Advanced Pharmacology I (2 cr.)

This course is a comprehensive study of specific anesthesia drugs and their clinical use by the anesthetist.

NA667 Advanced Health Assessment (1 cr.)

This course focuses on the development of advanced practice nursing skills in health assessment; including assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, diagnosis, concepts, and approaches.

 

NA681 Professional Aspects of Anesthesia I (1 cr.)

This course presents a series of topics directly related to the professional discipline of nurse anesthesia including ethical, legal, and policy issues.

Semester II (Spring)

NA621 Principles of Anesthesia Practice III (2 cr.)

This course presents concepts of pre-, intra-, and post-anesthesia patient assessment; and basic physiologic monitoring.

NA649 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology II (5 cr.)

This course continues the in-depth analysis of the body systems relevant to the science and practice of anesthesia.  Topics include circulatory system, endocrine system, and excretory system.

NA660 Advanced Pharmacology II (5 cr.)

This course presents pharmacological principles as applied to the clinical practice of anesthesia.  Topics include pharmacodynamics, anesthetic agents, accessory drugs, and drug interactions.

NA671 Anesthesia Clinical Practicum (240 hrs.) (0 cr.)

Clinical experience is provided in the member hospitals on a rotating basis.  Clinical instructors guide the student utilizing appropriate principles of anesthesia practice.

NA682 Professional Aspects of Anesthesia II (1 cr.)

This course is a continuation of topics related to the professional discipline of nurse anesthesia.

Semester III (Summer)

NA605 Statistical Techniques & Research Methods (3 cr.)

The methods of descriptive and experimental research, the study of statistical procedures, and the development of research methodology are presented.

NA622 Principles of Anesthesia Practice IV (1 cr.)

This course presents advanced concepts of practice including anesthesia techniques for head and neck, abdominal, and orthopedic surgery.

NA626 Principles of Anesthesia Practice V (3 cr.)

This course presents advanced concepts of practice including anesthesia techniques for pediatrics, obstetrics, neuro-, and regional anesthesia.

NA627 Principles of Anesthesia Practice VI (1 cr.)

This course presents advanced concepts of cardiovascular anesthesia including intrathoraic and open heart.

NA672 Anesthesia Clinical Practicum (240 Hours) (0 cr.)

Clinical experience is provided in the members hospitals on a rotating basis.  Clinical instructors guide the student utilizing appropriate principles of anesthesia practice.

NA683 Professional Aspects of Anesthesia III (1 cr.)

This course is a continuation of topics related to the professional discipline of nurse anesthesia.

Semester IV (Fall)

NA610 Instructional Design (1 cr.)

This course examines the learning process and how it influences instructional design.  Topics include current trends in instruction and evaluation; and planning for the teaching/learning process.

NA628 Anesthesia and Uncommon Diseases (1 cr.)

This course presents advanced concepts of uncommon disease processes and the implications for anesthesia care.

NA673 Anesthesia Clinical Practicum (480 Hours) (0 cr.)

Clinical experience is provided in the member hospitals on a rotating basis.  Clinical instructors guide the student utilizing appropriate principles of anesthesia practice.

Semester V (Spring)

NA674 Anesthesia Clinical Practicum (480 Hours) (0 cr.)

Clinical experience is provided in the member hospital on a rotating basis.  Clinical instructors guide the student utilizing appropriate principles of anesthesia practice.

Semester IV (Summer)

NA678 Anesthesia Clinical Practicum (480 Hours) (0 cr.)

Clinical experience is provided in the member hospitals on a rotating basis.  Clinical instructors guide the student utilizing appropriate principles of anesthesia practice.

NA680 Theories of Management and Leadership (1 cr.)

This course is designed to educate the student in current theories and approaches to management and leadership.

Semester VII (Fall)

NA670 Anesthesia Clinical Practicum (3 cr.)

Clinical experience is provided in the member hospitals on a rotating basis.  Clinical instructors guide the student utilizing appropriate principles of anesthesia practice.

NA679 Anesthesia Clinical Practicum (240 Hours) (0 cr.)

Clinical experience is provided in the member hospitals on a rotating basis.  Clinical instructors guide the student utilizing appropriate principles of anesthesia practice.

NA690 Research Presentation (3 cr.)

In this course, students prepare literature-based papers that examine and analyze anesthesia related topics.  All papers are prepared in a publishable format using American Medical Association (AMA) style.  The student presents and defends one of the papers before a faculty committee and students.




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