Saint Mary’s University has a second program leading to the Master of Science degree in Nurse Anesthesia. This program is a partnership program with the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia that enables the student to simultaneously earn a Master of Science degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and a certificate in Nurse Anesthesia from the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia. The program includes clinical practice held concurrently with academic coursework. Graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Examination given by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anestheists. Successful completion of the National Certification Examination entitles the graduate to be known at a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). The completion of a Master of Science degree not only recognizes students’ educational accomplishments, but also expands their opportunities to secure positions of leadership within the health care field.
The program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, 222 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL, 60068-4010, (847) 692-7050, http://home.coa.us.com, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.
Program Structure and Delivery
Students must earn 48 semester credits to receive the Master of Science degree. While these credits are Saint Mary’s University credits, the program is designed to include the science-based and clinical instruction provided by the expertise of the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia faculty. See the MSA website for further information. (www.nurseanesthesia.org). Of the 48 credits, 38 credits are delivered by Saint Mary’s University and 10 credits are delivered by Minneapolis School of Anesthesia.