Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia

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Graduate Degree
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
7 Semesters


Inside the Westminster CRNA program, our classrooms set the stage for deeper clinical experience. Students spend minimal time in the lecture hall and maximum time with their sleeves rolled up in our sophisticated simulation laboratory. Once they’ve mastered the on-campus curriculum, they move on to rotations in hospitals and clinics.

Who It's For

Students who welcome rigorous coursework, embrace hands-on learning, and take advantage of a simulation lab that’s open 24/7 will thrive in this program.

Key Benefits

Our Experience is Your Guide

Mentoring you is top priority. So every faculty member is personally responsible for the success of six students.

Don't Hope for Your Dream Job—Plan on It

All graduates find full-time employment within three months, and many have their job locked in before graduation.

How Long It Takes

This 64 credit-hour program occurs over the course of 29 months, with coursework beginning in August and clinical rotations starting September the following year.

Accreditation Employers Trust

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. The program plans to submit its application to the COA for approval to award the Doctor of Nursing Practice in September 2019. Pending approval by the COA, the program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in May 2022. Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting the program at

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Rich and Alison Leeflang

"Westminster is the cream of all programs. We have many friends in so many different MSNA/DNP programs, and we always conclude that we made the best decision. Where else can you run up the mountain and ski after lecture? Have your faculty cook you up breakfast and occasionally take you out to lunch? Accept both you and your spouse?"

Richard and Alison Leeflang (married), current MSNA students, former Registered Nurses in the Surgical Trauma ICU at Parkland Hospital
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About the Program

From Your First Interview, Every Moment Sets You Up for Success

You’ll receive ongoing support from faculty as well as senior peers—and then we’ll connect you with local CRNA preceptors for mentoring in a clinical setting. Pair that with extensive hands-on experience, small class sizes, and an engaging learning environment, and you have a recipe to succeed in any operating room.

We believe in going beyond “prepared.” The required number of cases students need to graduate is 600—but our graduates routinely average over 900 cases.

What You'll Learn

A graduate of the MSNA program:

  • Evaluates delivery of a safe anesthetic with vigilant protection of the patient and prevention of complications.
  • Develops individualized perianesthetic care throughout anesthetic continuum to patients of all ages and physical conditions.
  • Integrates skill and knowledge necessary to function as a resource person for airway and ventilator management of patients in a variety of settings.
  • Utilizes critical thinking, decision making, and the application of sound principles and evidence-based research in practice.
  • Applies mastery of anesthesia concepts and skills by becoming eligible to sit for the NBCRNA certification examination.
  • Develops verbal, nonverbal, and written communication necessary to influence patient care.
  • Integrates professional attributes necessary to accept responsibility and accountability of a new anesthesia practice.
  • Proposes politically active advancements in nurse anesthesia.

Westminster MSNA graduates are eligible to sit for the National Certifying Exam (NCE) for Nurse Anesthetists. Upon successfully passing the NCE, graduates can apply for licensing as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, in the state(s) of your choosing.

Plan of Study


Graduates generally pursue licensure as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) after sitting for the National Certifying Exam (NCE). Licensing requirements vary by state. To become licensed as a CRNA in Utah, students must apply with the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.

Sample Courses

Simulator Lab

Hands-on interaction in a simulated operating room environment with operating room table, intubatable mannequin, fully functioning anesthesia machine (old and new models), and a fully stocked anesthesia cart. This course is designed to take the student through the chronological steps of giving an anesthetic. Students will manage a series of simulated adverse events in a variety of patient care settings. Simulated events will primarily focus on topics relevant to the practice of nurse anesthesia.

Anesthesia Seminar

This course will expose the student to various topics such as the difficult airway and cultural differences that may impact the delivery of anesthesia care. Students will also have the opportunity to hone clinical and critical thinking skills by managing clinical case scenarios in the simulator laboratory.

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Career Opportunities

Completion of this program is the beginning of a rewarding lifelong career. And long after graduation, our students stay in touch with their mentors, who lend support and friendship as they navigate their careers.

Our healthcare industry connections help facilitate students’ job searches—all our full-time CRNA faculty are serving or have served on the Utah Association of Nurse Anesthetists (UANA) board.

Potential Careers

The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) program at Westminster College prepares students to become successful Nurse Anesthetists.

Student Success

  • Our graduates assume leadership positions in their own right: Stephanie Moore (Class of 2012) is now Chief CRNA of an all-CRNA group practicing in Moses Lake, WA.
  • Graduates also excel in challenging environments: Kelly Teitzel (Class of 2013) is practicing in the only Level 1 trauma center in the country run by CRNAs.
Nykol Bailey

"I am currently doing what I love with my degree. I work at the hospital and provide anesthesia in a variety of hospital settings and across all patient populations. The most important thing I learned from Westminster was how to function as a competent, efficient, and independent practitioner. I was comfortable running my own cases from the start. I knew I had the skill set the job required and it was an easy transition into my role at the hospital."

Nykol Bailey ’14, CRNA for Anesthesia Associates of Boise at St Luke’s Hospital, owner of Boise Ketamine Clinic, PLLC
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Tuition and Fees

At Westminster, we are committed to making your education affordable.

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Financial Aid

Westminster works with all students to determine the financial aid opportunities available to them. Federal financial aid is available and will be awarded on an individual basis to students who have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some federal financial aid programs require students to maintain the equivalent of full- or part-time enrollment.


Graduate students are eligible for Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Direct (grad) PLUS loans through the U.S. Department of Education’s federal student loan program.

Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study is a federally funded program that provides job opportunities for students to earn money to help pay for college. Westminster employs hundreds of students each year in different areas.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2021: September 11, 2020

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