The Nurse Anesthesia concentration can be completed in 27 months, or seven semesters, including summers. The concentration is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), and the program of study is designed to meet COA standards. The role preparation courses are intensive clinical residency which parallels the didactic courses, thus providing ongoing opportunity for application of theory to clinical practice. Students register for Anesthesia Practicum each semester while meeting the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist’s Council on Accreditation clinical case requirements. The nurse anesthesia practicum schedule may not follow the academic calendar.
Upon completing the requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing degree with concentration in Nurse Anesthesia, the graduate will be eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists. Successful completion of this certification examination allows the advanced practice nurse to practice as a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA).