The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program prepares nurses with the specialized skills needed to administer anesthetists. The program culminates with the Master of Science degree in Nursing.
Whether in a planned procedure or an emergency, a small local hospital or a regional center, a rural or urban setting – throughout the life cycle, the nurse anesthetist is a critical member of the health care team. In fact, certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) administer more than thirty million anesthetics each year in the United States.
Northeastern’s Nurse Anesthesia program is housed in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, which encourages interdisciplinary collaboration with other health care disciplines. Students graduate in May each year and are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for nurse anesthetists, administered by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists. The Bouvé program received funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to increase its size and diversity. As a result, many of our students receive stipends, grants, and tuition assistance.
- Pass Rate for first time test-takers on the National Certification Exam (NCE) offered through the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) for the graduating class in 2015 was 80%, with second time-takers at 100%
- Graduates in 2015 obtained employment within 3 months of graduation
- Program ranked # 22 by U.S. News & World Report
- This program is appropriate for licensed nurses who do not possess a Master's degree in Nursing
- The NU School of Nursing has been designated as a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence in Nursing Education
Northeastern University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. The School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The nurse anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) for the maximum allowable ten years, through May, 2024. Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, 222 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001.
- Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by the NLNAC, CCNE, or related field
- Official transcript(s) of ALL college-level study
- Undergraduate grade-point average of 3.000 (B)
- Statistics course with probability and hypothesis testing
- Satisfactory Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal goal statement
- Current registration to practice nursing in the United States
- At least one year of intensive care nursing experience
- Preferred CCRN
- Current certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
- Preferred Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
- On-campus interview with faculty
A grade of B or higher is required in all course work.
Anesthesia Didactic Courses
Complete a minimum of 2 semester hours of elective course work.
Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Courses
In line with Northeastern’s emphasis on practice-oriented education, you will begin clinical work in your first year. Didactic and clinical experiences are integrated throughout the 32-month program. During the practicum and throughout your clinical education, you will develop skills in appropriate anesthesia care planning, management, and evaluation for a variety of surgical patient populations. You will have access to all anesthetic techniques, including invasive monitoring and regional anesthesia (i.e., administering spinals and epidurals), and you will develop and maintain keen critical thinking and reasoning skills in regard to patient care.
You will be assigned progressively more complex patients, including neonates, infants and children, obstetrical services, and adults with complex co-existing conditions. This range of experience opens up your career options in a field where all qualified graduates obtain employment almost immediately. You will practice on the most sophisticated anesthesia equipment, including SimMan, and will be responsible for administering and managing all regional techniques and modalities of invasive monitoring under the guidance of expert CRNAs and physician faculty. You will begin your clinical work after the first eight months of the program and integrate those experiences with classroom and laboratory education throughout. Our clinical affiliates are large urban academic teaching centers, including:
- Tufts Medical Center
- Rhode Island Hospital
- Emerson Hospital
- UMass Medical Center
- Catholic Medical Center
- Women and Infants of Rhode Island
Rather than moving from placement to placement to study different specialties, you will stay primarily at the same clinical site throughout your program. You will become incorporated into the healthcare team at your placement site. Your preceptors include certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) and board certified anesthesiologists. Many of the CRNAs and anesthesiologists are actively engaged in clinical research and some hold doctoral degrees in their fields. All of our clinical faculty have many years of both clinical and preceptor experience.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 230,000 alumni and 3,000 employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Nursing & Healthcare alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.
Where They Work
- Massachusetts General Hospital
- Boston Children’s Hospital
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- Boston Medical Center
What They Do
- Healthcare Services
- Business Development
- Community and Social Services
What They're Skilled At
- Patient Safety
- Healthcare Management
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