The College of Health Sciences' Nurse Anesthesia Program helps you create a solid foundation in the basic sciences and in all aspects of anesthesia management. Your skills will be built over a 27-month program that emphasizes hands-on clinical experiences. As a nurse anesthetist, you will be part of tomorrow's healthcare team in rural and urban hospitals, same-day surgery centers, doctors' offices, and pain clinics. We will provide you with the knowledge and skills that will be the foundation of a patient-centered career.

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Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (M.S.)

General Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Minimum science GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.  Courses included in the calculation of the science GPA include anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, chemistry, physics, and microbiology courses.
  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing, granted by a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.

The complete admission requirements are listed in the University catalogue

Length of Program

27 months, full-time

Class Size


Class of 2019 Class Profile

  • Female: 41%
  • Male: 59%
  • Average Age: 31
  • Average Overall GPA: 3.58
  • In-State: 26%

Career Opportunities

Class of 2019 Average Admissions GPA 


Attrition Rate (Class of 2017)


Graduation Rate (Class of 2017)


Board Pass Rate (Classes of 2006-2017)

  • First-time test takers: 71% (22/31) All students have subsequently passed the NCE exam (Class of 2017)
  • First-time test takers cumulative: 89% (207/233).

Employment Rate

100% (Class of 2017)

US Employment Projections through 2017

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 November 5th, 2018)

Employment Sites

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.

Mean Annual Wage : $169,450

(Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017)

Program Strengths

High-Fidelity Simulation & Cadaver Laboratory; superb clinical education in a variety of clinical sites including CRNA-only practice settings.  Students gain more than twice the required number of clinical cases.

Admission Requirements


To be considered for admission to the Nurse Anesthesia Program at Midwestern University, students must submit the following documented evidence:

  1. Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  2. Minimum science GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Courses included in the calculation of the science GPA include anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, chemistry, physics, and microbiology courses.
  3. Completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing, granted by a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
  4. Satisfactory completion (grades of C or better) of all prerequisite coursework prior to application (grades of C- are not acceptable).
  5. Licensure to practice as a registered nurse: an unrestricted license to practice in at least one legal jurisdiction in the United States or its territories. The applicant possesses no previous sanctions or restrictions on the RN license.
  6. Minimum of one year of critical care registered nursing experience prior to application. Critical care experience includes all types of Adult ICU, Pediatric ICU, Emergency Room, and PACU. Neonatal intensive care unit experience does not meet this requirement. Experience should include management of mechanical ventilation, invasive monitoring, and vasoactive medication infusions.
  7. Demonstration of sincere understanding of and interest in nurse anesthesia.
  8. Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with faculty, patients, and colleagues.

Application Deadline

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis until the maximum enrollment for the program is reached. Typically, a class is filled by mid-December so applicants are strongly encouraged to have their applications submitted by July 1st.

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Program Description


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, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Utah, 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 43 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, pain management, 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.

Planned Program Improvements

There are no significant changes to our admission requirements, academic standards or curriculum planned for the upcoming year.


The Midwestern University Nurse Anesthesia Program mission is to educate 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.

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia educational program on January 1, 2022 or thereafter be enrolled in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree. In October 2020, the program plans to submit its application to the COA for approval to award the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) degree. Pending approval by the COA, the program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in December 2021. Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting the program at 623-572-3760.

Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413.

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Program Director's Message

Welcome to the Midwestern University Nurse Anesthesia Program Resource Page!

We hope you will enjoy navigating the numerous items that may assist in your quest to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). The website is a compilation of input from students, faculty and CRNAs who desire to help you reach your goals!

We welcome qualified applicants.

We are happy to assist critical care nurses who desire an early start on a career path to becoming a CRNA. We will also be happy to help student nurses by offering tools to help carve your journey in nursing. The faculty at MWU is dedicated to helping all students succeed.

Attrition is low and the national certification board pass rate excellent! We are located in close proximity to Phoenix, AZ.

The Nurse Anesthesia Program is housed in the College of Health Sciences. This affords our students the opportunity to learn side by side with other healthcare disciplines. Intraprofessional collaboration and One Health initiatives keep the program on the cutting edge of education.

We are fortunate to have 9 CRNA faculty on campus dedicated to our students. 

If you are in the area and would like to visit the campus and our state-of-the art simulation lab, please call at any time. We are here for you!

Sincere best wishes,

Terence Burrows, DNAP, CRNA


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