Master of Science (M.S.) in Nurse Anesthesia
The Nurse Anesthesia Program uses rolling admissions. Applicants are selected for admission on a regular basis until the class is filled. Students are advised to complete their application files as early as possible to ensure timely consideration.
27 months, full-time
100% (Reference: Annual Employer Survey sent out annually between October - December)
CRNAs are in demand and therefore have many opportunities for general or specialty practice throughout the United States. (Reference: American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Accessed February 13, 2013)
CRNAs practice in every setting where anesthesia is available. They administer every type of anesthetic, and provide care for every type of surgery (from open heart to cataract) or procedure, including pain management.
$120,000 - $140,000 (Reference: American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Annual Survey Data; Accessed February 13, 2013)
To be considered for admission to the Nurse Anesthesia Program at Midwestern University, students must submit the following documented evidence:
Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis until the maximum enrollment for the program is reached. Students are advised to complete their application files as early as possible to ensure timely consideration.
The Nurse Anesthesia Program at Midwestern University provides students with a solid foundation in the basic sciences and teaches all aspects of anesthesia management. The clinical practicums challenge students to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to actual administration of anesthesia under the guidance of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and anesthesiologists at multiple clinical sites in the region. Graduates will be able to work in a variety of settings including urban and rural hospitals, same-day surgery centers, doctors' offices, and pain clinics. The program is also committed to providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in scholarly work that will contribute to their body of knowledge.
The MWU 27-month Nurse Anesthesia Program consists of two phases. The first phase (4 quarters) provides the student with a strong foundation in the basic sciences, as well as courses that address all aspects of anesthesia equipment and anesthesia management. All coursework in the first phase of the program must be completed before starting the second phase of the program. The second phase (5 quarters) encompasses the clinical practicum and a research-based project related to anesthesia. The clinical phase begins in the summer of the second year of the program and provides students with the necessary hands-on experience to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential to the practice of nurse anesthesia in a variety of practice settings. All students will be considered for rotation to clinical sites in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Montana, South Dakota, Texas, Washington state, and all available clinical locations. Thus, a student may be assigned to rotations in any combination of these states as needed to ensure the best quality set of clinical rotations. Students must make their own arrangements for transportation and lodging at these clinical sites. The University does not provide for the cost of transportation or lodging. These sites will provide students with a broad scope of experiences in rural, urban, and suburban hospitals, as well as specialty rotations in cardiac surgery, pediatrics, and obstetrics.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are anesthesia specialists. They administer approximately 65% of the 26 million anesthetics given to patients each year in the United States. CRNAs are the sole anesthesia providers in more than 65% of rural hospitals in the United States, enabling these health care facilities to provide obstetrical, surgical, and trauma stabilization services. CRNAs provide anesthetics to patients in collaboration with surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, podiatrists, and other qualified health care professionals. When anesthesia is administered by a nurse anesthetist, it is recognized as the practice of nursing; when administered by an anesthesiologist, it is recognized as the practice of medicine.
There are no significant changes to our admission requirements, academic standards or curriculum planned for the upcoming year.
Access to the Anesthesia Simulation Laboratory and Variety of Clinical Sites.
The Midwestern University Nurse Anesthesia Program educates nurses through academic and clinical experience resulting in safe, professional and competent nurse anesthetists who meet the anesthesia healthcare needs of society.
The Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 222 South Prospect Avenue, Suite 304, Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001, 847/655-1160. Accreditation was granted for the period of October 12, 2011 through October 31, 2021. State of Arizona Board of Private Postsecondary Education has approved all current degree programs at the Glendale Campus of Midwestern University.
Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission/A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413.