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.

Curriculum

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.

    Why Choose Scranton?

    Nationally Ranked

    US News & World Report rated The University of Scranton among the 10 top master’s universities in the North in its “America’s Best Colleges” ranking.

    Jesuit Education

    As one of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, The University of Scranton is dedicated to developing the whole person.

    Faculty Engagement

    Learn from a faculty compromised of skilled educators who pride themselves in their teaching, professional nursing practice, research and service.

    Mission Statement of Nursing Department

    The Mission of the Department of Nursing at The University of Scranton is to prepare nurses grounded in Jesuit ideals, who are committed to excellence in practice for the 21st century and have the knowledge and competencies to deliver safe, evidence-based, patient centered care.

    Beyond the Classroom

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    Real World Experience

    The Class of 2016 averaged 802 anesthetic cases and provided over 1,600 hours of anesthetic care during the program.

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    Outstanding Facilities

    Students learn in a brand new suite of laboratories within McGurrin Hall, bringing the classroom experience to life.

    Successful Graduates

    Clinical Site Locations

    Geisinger, Moses Taylor Hospital, Easton Hospital, Lehigh Valley Health Network and Hospital, Guthrie Clinic, Veteran's Affairs Medical Center and more!

    Accreditation

    The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs (COA) accredits The University of Scranton Nurse Anesthesia Program.  This is the accrediting agency for nurse anesthesia programs in the United States. In 2012, the program received the maximum accreditation status of ten years from the COA.

    By The Numbers

    Class Program Average Certification Pass Rate for First TimeTakers  National Average Certification Pass Rate for First Time Takers   Program Certification Pass Rate for All Takers Graduate Employment Rate Attrition Rate%
    Class of 2011 80% 89.10% 100% 100% 8%
    Class of 2012 100% 88.50% 100% 100% 6%
    Class of 2013 100% 88.40% 100% 100% 0
    Class of 2014 75% 87.80% 100% 100% 14%
    Class of 2015 93% 85% 100% 100% 6%
    Class of 2016 94% 85% 100% 100% 0

    Meet the Program Administrator

    Bernard J. Gilligan, III, D.N.P., C.R.N.A. photo

    Bernard J. Gilligan, III, D.N.P., C.R.N.A.

    Nurse Anesthesia Graduate Program Administrator Faculty Specialist

    Education

    A.D.N., Luzerne County Community College B.S.N., Immaculata College M.S.N., Saint Josephs University Ph.D., Chatham University

    Contact

    (570) 941-5551

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