Students in the Nurse Anesthesia program

M.S. in Nurse Anesthesia

Preparing registered nurses, academically and clinically, to deliver safe anesthesia care.

The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program is for qualified registered nurses who wish to earn a master's degree while pursuing education as a certified registered nurse anesthetist. The objective of the program is to prepare nurses in the art and science of anesthesia to meet the need for safe and competent anesthesia care.

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Program Goals

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota 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 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.


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 2029.

Specific academic program information: To review a complete description of the program including admission process and requirements, curriculum design, academic and clinical course descriptions and objectives, and policies and procedures please refer to the Course Catalog link at the top of this page.

Attrition for the most recent graduating classes: Class of 2020: 32 admitted and 32 graduated; Class of 2019: 32 admitted and 31 graduated; Class of 2018: 33 admitted and 33 graduated; Class of 2017: 33 admitted and 33 graduated; Class of 2016: 32 admitted and 32 graduated.

Employment of graduates within six months of graduation: 100% of our graduates have been employed upon graduation. This has been true for the past 10 years

Certification examination pass rate for first time takers:Class of 2020: 84%; Class of 2019: 74%; Class of 2018: 94%; Class of 2017: 70%; Class of 2016: 80%; Class of 2015: 80% pass; Class of 2014: 88%.

Transition of the Master of Science Program to a Practice-Oriented Doctoral Degree Program

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia educational program on Jan. 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 late 2020. Pending approval by the COA, the program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in 2021.

  • Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Amery Regional Medical Center, Amery, Wisc.
  • Ascension Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Wabasha, Minn.
  • Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital, Rhinelander, Wisc.
  • Cambridge Medical Center, Cambridge, Minn.
  • Carris Health - Rice Memorial Hospital, Willmar, Minn.
  • CentraCare St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, Minn.
  • CentraCare Surgery Center, St. Cloud, Minn.
  • Children’s Minnesota Hospital  -- Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Essentia Health-Duluth (Miller-Dwan Building), Duluth, Minn.
  • Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center (Duluth), Duluth, Minn.
  • Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, Saint Paul, Minn.
  • Glencoe Regional Health, Glencoe, Minn.
  • Hayward Area Memorial Hospital, Hayward, Wisc.
  • HealthPartners Regions Hospital, Saint Paul, Minn.
  • HealthPartners Same Day Surgery Center, Saint Paul, Minn.
  • Lakewood Health System, Staples, Minn.
  • Marshfield ASC Eau Claire Center, Wisc.
  • Marshfield ASC Marshfield Center, Wisc.
  • Marshfield ASC Minocqua Center, Wisc.
  • Marshfield ASC Wausau Center, Wisc.
  • Marshfield Medical Center-Marshfield, Marshfield, Wisc.
  • Marshfield Medical Center-Neillsville, Neillsville, Wisc.
  • Marshfield Medical Center-Rice Lake, Rice Lake, Wisc.
  • Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Cannon Falls, Minn.
  • Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague, New Prague, Minn.
  • Mercy Hospital (Mercy & Unity Campuses), Coon Rapids, Minn.
  • Northfield Hospital, Northfield, Minn.
  • Owatonna Hospital, Owatonna, Minn.
  • Phillips Eye Institute, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Ridgeview Medical Center, Waconia, Minn.
  • River Falls Area Hospital, River Falls, Wisc.
  • Riverwood Healthcare Center, Aitkin, Minn.
  • Saint Croix Regional Medical Center, St. Croix Falls, Wisc.
  • St Cloud Surgical Center, St. Cloud, Minn.
  • St. Gabriel’s Hospital, Little Falls, Minn.
  • St. Luke’s Hospital, Duluth, Minn.
  • ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano, Shawano, Wisc.
  • HSHS Saint Vincent's Hospital
  • Hennepin County Medical Center

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