Nurse Anesthesia, MSN
The Nurse Anesthesia (NA) program is a full-time, rigorous, and comprehensive 28-month program, which prepares registered nurses to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. Students are given the opportunity to integrate classroom content with direct application of advanced techniques in the provision of anesthesia care to patients throughout the lifespan. Clinical skills are learned in a variety of environments, each of which offers experiences in the anesthetic management of specialized patient populations.
Program Specific Admission Requirements
The preferred application deadline is October 1 of the year prior to expected enrollment. All admissions requirements for the NA specialization must be met by the application deadline.
Applicants for the program must meet the following criteria:
- Possess a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program
- Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 or other evidence of ability to complete successfully a graduate program such as grades in other post-baccalaureate courses, scores from national graduate school entrance examinations, or a record of progressively higher work experiences
- Be licensed as a registered nurse in the state of Pennsylvania
- Minimum of one year direct clinical nursing practice
- Minimum of one year of recent critical care nursing experience
- 300-word statement of intention identifying career goals, demonstrating communication and writing skills
- Personal interview with the program director or a faculty member to clarify goals and objectives
- Current Basic Cardiac Life Support for the Healthcare Provider (BCLS) certification
- Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification
- Current Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification
- Completed two courses in college chemistry
- Satisfactory completion of undergraduate or equivalent approved courses in basic physical assessment and statistics
- Critical care registered nurse certification (CCRN) is strongly recommended, but not required.
For general application requirements, please click here.
The NA specialization is offered as a 68-credit master’s degree for baccalaureate-prepared nurses, and as a 56-credit post-master’s certificate for nurses already holding a nursing master’s degree in advanced practice. Transcripts of students with an entry level master’s in nursing degree will be evaluated on an individual basis for transfer credit.
For additional information on the Nurse Anesthesia curriculum, please visit the Graduate Course Catalog.