Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia



Graduate Degree
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
7 Semesters

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The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia Program at Westminster College

Inside the Westminster Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program, our classrooms set the stage for deeper clinical experience. Students spend minimal time in the lecture hall and maximum time with their sleeves rolled up in our sophisticated simulation laboratory. Once they’ve mastered the on-campus curriculum, they move on to rotations in hospitals and clinics.

From Your First Interview, Every Moment Sets You Up for Success. You’ll receive ongoing support from faculty as well as senior peers—and then we’ll connect you with local CRNA preceptors for mentoring in a clinical setting. Pair that with extensive hands-on experience, small class sizes, and an engaging learning environment, and you have a recipe to succeed in any operating room.

We believe in going beyond “prepared.” The required number of cases students need to graduate is 600—but our graduates routinely average over 900 cases.

Who Is the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia Program For

Students who welcome rigorous coursework, embrace hands-on learning, and take advantage of a simulation lab that’s open 24/7 will thrive in this program.

What You'll Learn in the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia Program 

  • Evaluates delivery of a safe anesthetic with vigilant protection of the patient and prevention of complications.
  • Develops individualized perianesthetic care throughout the anesthetic continuum to patients of all ages and physical conditions.
  • Integrates skill and knowledge necessary to function as a resource person for airway and ventilator management of patients in various settings.
  • Utilizes critical thinking, decision making, and the application of sound principles and evidence-based research in practice.
  • Applies mastery of anesthesia concepts and skills by becoming eligible to sit for the NBCRNA certification examination.
  • Develops verbal, nonverbal, and written communication necessary to influence patient care.
  • Integrates professional attributes necessary to accept responsibility and accountability of new anesthesia practice.
  • Proposes politically active advancements in nurse anesthesia.

Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program graduates are eligible to sit for the National Certifying Exam (NCE) for Nurse Anesthetists. Upon successfully passing the NCE, graduates can apply for licensing as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, in the state(s) of your choosing.

sample Nurse Anesthesia courses

  • MSMHC-61o: Counseling Ethics
  • MSMHC-639: Multicultural Counseling
  • MSMHC-61o: Counseling Ethics
  • MSMHC-639: Multicultural Counseling

 

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Application Deadline

This program is no longer accepting applications. 

 

licensure

Graduates generally pursue licensure as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) after sitting for the National Certifying Exam (NCE). Licensing requirements vary by state. To become licensed as a CRNA in Utah, students must apply with the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. Westminster has not determined whether it meets the educational requirements for licensure in all other states within the United States, including U.S. territories. Students will need to inquire with additional states for information.

 

completion time

This 64 credit-hour program occurs over the course of 7 Semesters, with coursework beginning in August and clinical rotations starting September the following year.

What Are the Key Benefits of the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia Program?

Our Experience is Your Guide

Mentoring you is top priority. So every faculty member is personally responsible for the success of 6 students.

Don't Hope for Your Dream Job—Plan on It

All graduates find full-time employment within 3 months, and many have their job locked in before graduation.

Nurse Anesthesia Career Opportunities

Completion of this program is the beginning of a rewarding lifelong career. And long after graduation, our students stay in touch with their mentors, who lend support and friendship as they navigate their careers.

Our healthcare industry connections help facilitate students’ job searches—all our full-time CRNA faculty are serving or have served on the Utah Association of Nurse Anesthetists (UANA) board.

Potential Careers

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

Student Success

Our graduates assume leadership positions in their own right: Stephanie Moore (Class of 2012) is now Chief CRNA of an all-CRNA group practicing in Moses Lake, WA.
Graduates also excel in challenging environments: Kelly Teitzel (Class of 2013) is practicing in the only Level 1 trauma center in the country run by CRNAs.

 

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

At Westminster, we are committed to making your education affordable.

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Financial Aid

Westminster works with all students to determine the financial aid opportunities available to them. Federal financial aid is available and will be awarded on an individual basis to students who have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some federal financial aid programs require students to maintain the equivalent of full- or part-time enrollment. Westminster also offers scholarships for graduate students.

Scholarships

Students who completed an undergraduate degree at Westminster are eligible to receive the Westminster Alumni Scholarship.

Loans

Graduate students are eligible for Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Direct (grad) PLUS loans through the U.S. Department of Education’s federal student loan program.

Grants

Students in education programs may be eligible for the federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program. Grants are generally need-based and do not need to be repaid. Some grants have requirements upon graduation to ensure repayment is not necessary.

Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study is a federally funded program that provides job opportunities for students to earn money to help pay for college. Westminster employs hundreds of students each year in different areas.