Master of Nurse Anesthesia MSN Programs
Considering a Master of Nurse Anesthesia program? Nurse anesthetists play a critical role in providing quality care to patients of all ages and backgrounds. Nurse anesthetists provide patient care before, during, and after surgical procedures. Some of their responsibilities might include; pain management consultation, pre-surgery consultation, and post-surgery recovery instruction. Nurse anesthetists are able to administer general or local anesthesia. They also sometimes participate in the surgery itself monitoring the patient’s vital signs and adjusting the anesthesia when needed.
Common Coursework for a Masters Nurse Anesthetists
The path to becoming a nurse anesthetist is similar to that taken by nurses pursuing careers in other specializations. The main difference is that nurse anesthetists may require some unique training and coursework in order to become qualified to provide their specific form of care.
According to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, licensing to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist typically requires at least a bachelor's degree in nursing1. In addition to this basic requirement, prospective nurse anesthetists must also earn their licensure as a registered nurse, accumulate at least one year of experience in an acute-care environment (such as an intensive-care unit) and pass a certification examination.
Apart from the professional certifications, graduate programs in nurse anesthesia focus on advanced health sciences, and most programs consist of both a classroom and a clinical component2.
Nurse Anesthetist Salary Potential and Job Outlook
Nurse anesthetists work closely with doctors and surgeons before, during and after patient operations. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse anesthetists earned a 2012 median annual salary of $96,460, with jobs expected to grow by 31 percent through 2022.3
Due to the highly specialized nature of the training involved in becoming a CRNA, career opportunities for those with the proper certification tend to center around the specific field of nurse anesthesia. However, for those who don't choose to pursue a concentration in nurse anesthesia, the BLS reported that registered nurses earned a 2012 median annual salary of $65,470, with jobs expected to grow by 19 percent through 2022.4
Is Earning a Master’s Degree in Nurse Anesthesia Right for You?
Nurses that are interested in developing a highly specialized skill set, or working in an operating and surgical environment might enjoy pursuing a career as a nurse anesthetist. These professionals play an essential role in providing quality patient care for individuals undergoing planned or emergency surgery.
- Portland, MEPortland, ME
University of New England
As the only program in Northern New England that awards a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia, we are proud of our rigorous curriculum and of our relationships with more than 30 hospitals across the region.
- Houston, TXHouston, TX
Baylor College of Medicine
The Baylor College of Medicine Program in Nurse Anesthesia accepts the obligation of promoting excellence in the profession of...
- Norfolk, VANorfolk, VA
Old Dominion University
- North Chicago, ILNorth Chicago, IL
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
27-month didactically front-loaded program includes gross anatomy, education and leadership content.
Samuel Merritt University
The three clinical options provide the registered nurse who has a baccalaureate (usually in nursing) with advanced practice skills: family nurse pract...
- Sylvania, OHSylvania, OH
The MSN Nurse Anesthesia Program prepares nurses for service in the advanced practice role of nurse anesthesia.
- Sioux Falls, SDSioux Falls, SD
Mount Marty College
The nurse anesthesia graduate program is based on a nursing and a pre-medical background of sciences.
- Saint Louis, MOSaint Louis, MO
Nursing is a profession that offers unlimited opportunities for employment and a rewarding career. There is no other profession where there is such a blending of intellectual stimulation and the ability to make a difference in people's lives.Nurses...
- Springfield, MOSpringfield, MO
Missouri State University
Designed to prepare students as practitioners in nurse anesthesia in a variety of career settings.
- Rochester, MNRochester, MN
Mayo Graduate School
The Mayo School of Health-Related Sciences (MSHRS) at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, offers a 30-month Master of Nurse Anesthesia Program.
- Augusta, GAAugusta, GA
Georgia Regents University
The Georgia Regents University Nursing Anesthesia Program is nationally recognized and has been ranked among the best graduate programs in the nation.
- Augusta, GA
- Philadelphia, PAPhiladelphia, PA
Saint Joseph's University
The MS in Nurse Anesthesia is offered in conjunction with Nazareth Hospital. It is designed for nurses who desire to study the educative and administrative aspects of health care as well as focus on the science of anesthesiology. The core courses are ta...
- Boston, MABoston, MA
Northeastern's direct entry nursing program allows you to use the degree and experience that you already have in nearly any field and leverage it into a master's degree in a satisfying, high-demand profession. Nursing-specific classes (including practic...
- Knoxville, TNKnoxville, TN
University of Tennessee
We offer both a Post-BSN Master of Science in Nursing program (31-months) and a Post-Master's Certificate program (as short as 27-months post MSN), both with a concentration of study in Nurse Anesthesia.
- Columbia, SCColumbia, SC
University of South Carolina
trains registered nurses to develop, implement, and evaluate the anesthetic plan of care for patients a cooperative program...
- New Orleans, LANew Orleans, LA
Xavier University Of Louisiana
The Master of Science program is offered in conjunction with the Medical Center of Louisiana School of Nurse Anesthesiology (formally Charity Hospital...
- Panama City, FLPanama City, FL
Gooding Institute Of Nurse Anesthesia
Option I - You are a baccalaureate prepared Registered Nurse (RN) and want to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) while obtaining y...
- Panama City, FL
- Birmingham, ALBirmingham, AL
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Nurse anesthetists are registered professional nurses who specialize in anesthesiology. They administer anesthesia to all types of patients within the...
- Bethesda, MDBethesda, MD
Uniformed Services University
Only US Citizens can apply. Applicants for the Graduate School of Nursing must be commissioned officers in one of the uniformed services.
- Fort Worth, TXFort Worth, TX
Texas Wesleyan University
Academics and rigorous technical education are emphasized as important components of the science and art of anesthesia. Our graduates must have capabi...
- Fullerton, CAFullerton, CA
California State University, Fullerton
The graduate program at CSUF offers students four concentrations: Nursing Leadership, Nurse Anesthesia, Women's Health Care (NP and midwifery), and School Nursing. While Anesthesia is a 24 month, intensive, lock-step program, the others offer flexible s...
- Edwardsville, ILEdwardsville, IL
Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
The graduate nursing curriculum consists of core and specialization components and the successful completion of a thesis or terminal project.
- Memphis, TNMemphis, TN
University of Tennessee - Memphis
- Fort Myers, FLFort Myers, FL
Florida Gulf Coast University
This is the only university-based nurse anesthesia program leading to a M.S.N. in Southwest Florida.
- Chattanooga, TNChattanooga, TN
University of Tennessee - Chattanooga
The Master of Science in Nursing prepares professional nurses for advanced adult health practice as clinical specialists, educators, administrators, n...