Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia

The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) Program has been designed for the baccalaureate-prepared registered nurse who wishes to become a nurse anesthetist. The program offers both didactic and clinical education to enable the graduate student to acquire the knowledge, skills and competence necessary to assume an advanced practice role.

Degrees Offered See the program-specific requirements. (PDF)

Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia

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Nurse anesthetists administer approximately 65 percent of the 26 million anesthetics given to patients in the U.S. each year, and have many opportunities for general or specialty practice throughout the U.S. CRNAs are one of the best-paid nursing specialties, reporting an average annual salary of $159,000 in 2013.  Because Newman's CRNA Program is so thorough, its graduates are held in high regard and find they are in great demand in the job market. Currently, there is a 12 percent vacancy rate for nurse anesthesia positions.

The attrition rate for the Newman University Nurse Anesthesia Program is 1%, over the last five years.

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The purposes of the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) Program are to prepare nurses to assume an advanced role on the health care team as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and to provide for the continuing needs for nurse anesthetists in the community, state and region. 

Program Accreditation

*Accreditation update
Newman University nurse anesthesia program receives 10-year accreditation, new site approval from national agency.

Graduate Programs of Nurse Anesthesia are accrediated by the Council on Accradiation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs, the Kansas State Board of Nursing and North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The COA is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.

The COA is loacated at:

222 S. Prospect Ave.
Park Ridge, IL  60068-4010
Phone:  847-692-7050
Fax:  847-692-7137


Newman University's Nurse Anesthesia Program measures first time pass rate, six month employment rate and attrition as a means to evaluate program success.  Over the last five years the program has demonstrated excellence in attrition as well as performing at or above the national average in first time pass rate and six month employment:


Class of 2010:
   18 Graduates
   1st Time Pass Rate - 88.89%
   6 Month Employment Rate - 94.44%
   Attrition Rate - 0%

Class of 2011:
   19 Graduates
   1st Time Pass Rate - 89.47%
   6 Month Employment Rate - 100%
   Attrition Rate - 0%

Class of 2012:
   22 Graduates
   1st Time Pass Rate - 90.90%
   6 Month Employment Rate - 100%
   Attrition Rate - 0%

Class of 2013:
   22 Graduates
   1st Time Pass Rate - 86.36%
   6 Month Employment Rate - 100%
   Attrition Rate - 0%

Class of 2014:
   23 Graduates
   1st Time Pass Rate - 92%
   6 Month Employment Rate - 100%
   Attrition Rate - 4.167%



The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) Program is a twenty-four month course of study leading to a master's degree in nurse anesthesia. This program includes a didactic portion conducted at Newman University and a clinical anesthesia component to be carried out at local and regional hospitals. The first semester is primarily didactic, allowing the student to acquire the basic and advanced skills necessary for the safe administration of anesthesia.

During the second semester the student continues didactic instruction and receives an introduction to the practice of clinical anesthesia under the supervision of adjunct faculty who are Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) and anesthesiologists. As the student progresses through the program, didactic instruction lessens while clinical time and case complexity increases. Second year students explore professional leadership issues while assuming greater responsibility in the hospital through increased call and leadership.

The emphasis in the classroom is on anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, and pharmacology as they relate to anesthesia. The clinical component includes variety of anesthesia techniques and procedures for all types of surgery and obstetrics. The student will spend approximately 50 hours per week in the classroom and clinical area during 24-month program.

The programs consists of six continuously-running semesters throughout the year for a total of 60 credit hours.


Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  • Integrate chemistry, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacokinetics of anesthesia and adjunct drugs into working care plans
  • Recognize chemical structures of anesthesia and adjunct drugs and make lateral applications based upon drug profiles and kinetics
  • Discuss normal physiology and anatomy of the central nervous system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, renal system, endocrine system and digestive system
  • Discuss the normal physiologic changes of pregnancy, the physiologic changes in disease/high risk states in pregnancy, and apply the information in the administration of anesthesia to the parturient for delivery and surgical conditions not resulting in delivery
  • Explain the pathophysiology of various congenital heart diseases, coronary artery disease, and adult valvular heart disease
  • Identify the anatomy necessary to safely administer regional anesthesia;
  • Discuss issues related to the practice of nurse anesthesia, including ethics, history, reimbursement, managed care and the business of anesthesia
  • Design and conduct a research project

Instructional Techniques

One-to-one instructor/student ratio, lecture, lab, self-directed study, and structured learning.  Clinical portion consists of hands-on approach to the administration of anesthesia.


Because of the nature and intensity of the work, disabled students will be assessed on an individual basis in relation to their ability to meet the didactic and clinical requirements of the curriculum.