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 in Nursing degree.
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Whether in a planned procedure or an emergency, a small local hospital or a regional center, a rural or an urban setting, the nurse anesthetist is a critical member of the healthcare team throughout the life cycle. In fact, certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) administer more than thirty million anesthetics each year in the United States.
Northeastern’s MS in Nurse Anesthesia program is housed in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, which encourages interdisciplinary collaboration with other healthcare 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 offered through the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists for the graduating class in 2015 was 80%, with second time takers at 100%
Graduates in 2015 obtained employment within three 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
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The master's degree program in nursing and the post-graduate APRN certificate program at Northeastern University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
The nurse anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) for the maximum allowable 10 years, through May 2024. Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, 222 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001.
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Application deadline for fall entry: October 1
Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Anesthesia General Requirements
A grade of B or higher is required in all course work.
NRSG 5118 - Healthcare System and Professional Role Development
NRSG 5121 - Epidemiology and Population Health
NRSG 6320 - Role/Practice Issues in Nurse Anesthesia
NRSG 6321 - Conceptual Basis of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 1
NRSG 6322 - Conceptual Basis of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 2
NRSG 6324 - Chemistry and Physics in Anesthesia
NRSG 6325 - Pharmacotherapeutics in Anesthesia and Critical Care Nursing
NRSG 6333 - Conceptual Basis of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 3
NRSG 6336 - Advanced Concepts in Nurse Anesthesia Practice
NRSG 5117 - Advanced Pharmacology
NRSG 5126 - Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice
NRSG 6115 - Health Assessment
Complete a minimum of 2 semester hours of elective course work.
NRSG 6530 - Nurse Anesthesia Practicum 1
NRSG 6534 - Nurse Anesthesia Practicum 2
NRSG 6535 - Nurse Anesthesia Practicum 3
NRSG 6540 - Advanced Clinical Experiences in Nurse Anesthesia 1
NRSG 6541 - Advanced Clinical Experiences in Nurse Anesthesia 2
NRSG 6542 - Advanced Clinical Experiences in Nurse Anesthesia 3
NRSG 7105 - Translating Research Evidence into Practice
NRSG 7110 - Evidence-Based Practice Research Application
Please note: this curriculum is for marketing purposes only, and is subject to change. Official curriculum can be found within the Course Catalog.
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
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 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.
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