2013–2014 Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA)

Mission | Program Outcomes | Admission | Progression in the Program | Probation and Dismissal | Graduation | Program Requirements | Course Descriptions

Dean: Sheryl Steadman
Program Director: James Stimpson
Assistant Director: Chris Torman


The mission of the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) program at Westminster College is to provide an academic environment, which allows nurse anesthesia students to master the intellectual and technical skills required to become competent in the safe administration of anesthesia. The program accomplishes this by admitting a select group of experienced, graduate level nurses and then providing them with the highest level of didactic, anesthesia simulation and clinical site experiences. Our nurse anesthesia graduates develop life-long critical thinking skills and the professionalism needed to become compassionate, patient-centered anesthesia providers.

We are committed to upholding the standards set forth by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and the Council on Accreditation (COA) to produce skilled nurse anesthetists who are qualified to sit for the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) Examination.
By this educational endeavor, it is the mission of the MSNA program at Westminster College to contribute to filling the urban and rural community needs for anesthesia providers.

Program Outcomes

A graduate of the MSNA program:

Admission to the MSNA Program

See Admission to the College section for admission requirements.

Progression in the MSNA Program

The student must:

Classroom Probation and Dismissal Policy

 A student may receive a written academic warning at any time during the course based on unsatisfactory performance or unprofessional behavior. A written academic warning does not constitute dismissal; however, it does require a change in behavior in order to maintain progression within the nurse anesthesia (MSNA) program. The written warning will outline what the student must do to meet the course requirements and change necessary behavior. Students will not be on probation more than two times during the program or they will be dismissed.

Criteria for Probation

A student may be considered on probation when he/she has:

Clinical Probation and Dismissal Policy

A student may receive a clinical/classroom warning of probationary status at any time during a clinical experience if the faculty/preceptor determines that the student’s performance is unsatisfactory. Performance will be evaluated according to evaluation tools (Refer to Clinical Site Handbook for copies of MSNA Term Clinical Evaluation Tools). The written warning will outline what the student must do to meet the identified clinical requirements. Students who have been placed on probation will be formally evaluated at the end of the probationary period. Students must be removed from probation to progress in the MSNA program. Any probationary status will be documented in the student record. Students will not be on probation more than 2 times during the program or they will be dismissed.

A student may be dismissed from the MSNA program for any of the following reasons:

Appeals for Readmission

The student has the right to appeal this action. Please see the Program Director for the procedure.

Graduation Requirements

Candidates for graduation should apply to the Registrar’s Office approximately two regular semesters prior to planned completion of graduation requirements. Applications for December graduation are due in March and applications for May and August graduation are due in September. Please see the Academic Calendar for more specific dates. Candidates are notified of remaining degree requirements within four weeks after applying for graduation.
To be eligible for a master’s degree, students must satisfy the following conditions:

Note: Only graduate-level coursework may be applied toward degree requirements.
The final responsibility for being informed about, and adhering to, graduation requirements rests with the individual. Continued communication with the faculty advisor is recommended.

Program Requirements

A minimum of 64 credit hours is required for graduation. Clinical cases must include all minimum numbers as directed by the Council on Accreditation. Please see the Program Director for specifics.

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 64  

MSNA    500     Physiology I (5)               
MSNA    501     Physiology II (5)                                                
MSNA    510     Chemistry/Physics (3)                                                 
MSNA    520     Pharmacology I (4)                          
MSNA    521     Pharmacology II (3)                                               
MSNA    530     Gross Anatomy (3)      
MSNA    540     Anesthesia Principles I (3)    
MSNA    550     Anesthesia Principles II (5)         
MSNA    551     Anesthesia Principles III (2)        
MSNA    552     Anesthesia Principles IV (2)    
MSNA    553     Professional Aspects I (2)              
MSNA    554     Professional Aspects II (1)   
MSNA    560     Simulator Lab (2)                         
MSNA    570     Research Methods (2)                                    
MSNA    571     Research Practicum (3)                      
MSNA    580     Anesthesia Seminar I (1)                          
MSNA    581     Anesthesia Seminar II (1)                   
MSNA    582     Anesthesia Seminar III (10                   
MSNA    601     Clinical Practicum I (4)                              
MSNA    602     Clinical Practicum II (4)                         
MSNA    603     Clinical Practicum III (4)         
MSNA    604     Clinical Practicum IV (3)           
MSNA   660      Advanced Health Assessment (1)



MSNA Program Plan of Study


Fall Semester

Spring Semester Summer Semester
Year 1
(Terms 1–3)

MSNA 500 (5)
MSNA 510 (3)
MSNA 520 (4)
MSNA 530 (3)

MSNA 501 (5)
MSNA 521 (3)
MSNA 540 (3)
MSNA 570 (2)
MSNA 660 (1)

MSNA 550 (5)
MSNA 560 (2)

Year 2
(Terms 4–6)

MSNA 551 (2)
MSNA 580 (1)
MSNA 601 (4)

MSNA 501 (5)
MSNA 521 (3)
MSNA 540 (3)
MSNA 570 (2)
MSNA 660 (1)

MSNA 553 (2)
MSNA 582 (1)
MSNA 603 (4)

Year 3
(Term 7)

MSNA 554 (1)
MSNA 571 (3)
MSNA 604 (3)