Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia

Graduate Degree
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
29 Months


The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) program at Westminster College allows nurse anesthesia students to master the intellectual and technical skills required to become competent in the safe administration of anesthesia.

This highly competitive program selects 18 students annually and is nationally recognized for its quality, affordability, and high pass rates.

Key Benefits

  • Our clinical sites provide a wide variety of cases and experiences. Students enjoy rural, urban, and specialty rotations including OB, trauma, and regional anesthesia blocks.
  • Nurse Anesthetist and Anesthesiologist clinical coordinators who are devoted to your education and who are experts in their field.
  • Small class size provides a more individualized learning model. Personal mentoring assures faculty availability and personal relationships throughout the program from the moment an applicant is accepted and continuing on into their professional careers.
  • Extensive service-learning experiences in a variety of urban and rural academic/healthcare settings, including a semester capstone role immersion experience.
  • Anesthesia simulation with full operating room setup. All anesthesia skills are performed in the simulation lab at one of two stations. Students have full access to the simulation room and are encouraged to use it as much as possible.
  • Clinical and didactic faculty are fully committed to seeing our students succeed. It is our expectation that every student who begins the MSNA program, finishes the program.
  • State of the art classrooms, two anesthesia simulation rooms complete with anesthesia machine, drug cart, ultrasound machine and mannequins, advanced airway tools (fiber optics and Glidescope), all major regional blocks, arterial line and central line placement, and gross anatomy cadaver lab.
  • Westminster CRNA faculty practice in the clinical setting to remain current in their skills. Program faculty have all been board members for the Utah Association of Nurse Anesthetists (UANA), including one current, and one past, UANA President.

How Long it Takes

The MSNA at Westminster College is a 29-month program, beginning each year in August, with clinical rotations beginning the first week of September the following year.

Accreditation Employers Trust

The MSNA program has received full accreditation from the Council on Accreditation (COA).
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About the Program

  • 86 applications were received in 2016 and 18 applicants were selected for admission
  • Selected students for the class of 2017 had an average GPA of 3.56 with an average GRE score of 151 (V) and 149 (Q).
  • Average years of experience: 3.5 years (1–14 years)
  • Student makeup is:
    • Female: 9
    • Male: 9
    • Average age: 30
    • Age range: 24–42

What You'll Learn

What will the program teach you:
  • The delivery of safe anesthetia with vigilant protection of the patient and prevention of complications.
  • To individualize perianesthetic care throughout the anesthetic continuum to patients of all ages and physical conditions.
  • The knowledge necessary to function as resource person for airway and ventilator management of patients in a variety of settings.
  • Critical thinking during decision making and application of sound principle.
  • To take your research evidence into practice.
  • Anesthesia concepts and skills by passing the NBCRNA exam in accordance with Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs (COA) policies.
  • Possess verbal, nonverbal, and written communication skills needed to effectively communicate with all individuals influencing patient care.
  • Professional attributes and integrity necessary to accept responsibility and accountability of new anesthesia practice.

Sample Courses

Simulator Lab:
Hands-on interaction in a simulated operating room environment with operating room table, intubatable mannequin, fully functioning anesthesia machine (old and new models), and a fully stocked anesthesia cart. This course is designed to take the student through the chronological steps of giving an anesthetic. Students will manage a series of simulated adverse events in a variety of patient care settings. Simulated events will primarily focus on topics relevant to the practice of nurse anesthesia.

Anesthesia Seminar:
This course will expose the student to various topics such as the difficult airway and cultural differences that may impact the delivery of anesthesia care. Students will also have the opportunity to hone clinical and critical thinking skills by managing clinical case scenarios in the simulator laboratory.

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Career Opportunities

  • 90% first time pass rate for all graduates since 2008.
  • 100% of Graduates have full-time job offers within 3 months of passing their board examinations.
  • 35 Clinical sites in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Arizona, Illinois, Texas, Kansas, Washington, and Colorado. Students submit a request as to which clinical sites they'd like to go to. On average, students will go to four or five different clinical sites, ranging from 1-6 months each.
  • Class of 2015 had a 94% (16/17) first time pass rate (84.56% national average) and 100% (1/1) 2nd time pass rate (81% national average).

Potential Careers

The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) program at Westminster College prepares students to become successful Nurse Anesthetists.

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Tuition and Fees

64 credits at $1,220/credit

$78,080 total tuition


Merit scholarships, alumni scholarships, and loans are available.

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Application Deadlines

Fall 2018: September 30, 2017

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