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    3 Years

Program Overview

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 of Science 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.

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
This program is designed to prepare students 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.

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. 

This program 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.

Course Information

This program which combines clinical and academic experiences, provides coursework covering all aspects of Nurse Anesthesia. 

For more information and course descriptions, check out our course catalog.

Applicants must submit:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Non-refundable application fee
  3. Official transcripts posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree
  4. Other relevant official transcripts documenting potential transfer credits
  5. International transcripts must be evaluated by a university-accepted evaluator
  6. A goal statement (3 page maximum) following the goal statement guidelines obtained through admissions staff
  7. A completed academic evaluation form obtained through admissions staff
  8. Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam
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Key Dates

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Start Date
2021 Summer Semester

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $660 Per Credit


Registration Fee:$1,000
Clinical Fee (per clinical semester):$350

The Saint Mary's Difference

The heart of Saint Mary's is its people — faculty, staff, and your fellow students — who become your companions and allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can learn. You'll find, in every one of our classrooms, a person-centered education focused on your growth, your potential — because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, to change the world around them.

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