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Nurse Anesthesia Program (MSNA)

Masters in Nurse Anesthesia - Kansas

Important Notice

The Council of Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating in a nurse anesthesia educational program on January 1, 2022 or thereafter be enrolled in a program accredited by the COA to award a doctorate degree. The Newman University program is currently in the process of obtaining approval by the COA to award the degree Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice. Until this accreditation approval is achieved, the Newman University program will only admit students into the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program.

Earn a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA)

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.


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.

Why choose to get your MSNA at Newman?

  • Significant percentages (app. 60%) of local CRNAs were trained by Newman University, including 85% of those hired within the past five years.
  • Our graduates practice in 20 states.
  • Newman University’s Nurse Anesthesia program is one of only two in the state of Kansas.


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.

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About Our Faculty

School of Nursing and Allied Health

Our faculty and staff have the knowledge and experience to help you prepare for a career as a registered nurse anesthetist (RNA). If you need clarification on a class assignment or advice on how to approach your future, you can feel confident that our faculty is available and ready to help.

Job Outlook

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.

Over the last five years, 90% of those students who attempt to take the certifying exam are successful the first time. The national average last year was at 86%.

Program Outcomes

Class ofGraduates1st Time Pass Rate6th Month Employment RateAttrition Rate
2018 23 75% * 95% 0%
2017 21 85% * 100% 9%
2016 23 61% * 96% 0
2015 23 78.3% 100% 0%
2014 23 92% 100% 0%
  • Significant percentages (app. 60%) of local CRNAs were trained by Newman University, including 85% of those hired within the past five years.
  • Our graduates practice in 20 states.

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