Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia



Masters
Graduate Degree
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
29 Months

Overview

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

Our MSNA program is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA).

At the interview, our faculty will inevitably have a unique bond with the students who are accepted into the program. For me, maybe it’s that the student was in the same branch of military as me, or maybe they’re from the same part of the country as me. I can tell them, "If you choose to come here, I will be your personal mentor."
James Stimpson, CRNA, DNP, Director of the Westminster MSNA Program

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

  • All anesthesia skills are practiced in our operating room simulation laboratory, which students have daily access to and are encouraged to use as much as possible.
  • A student-centric environment encourages learning through small-group discussion, activities, presentations, and collaboration.
  • Student enrollment in the program is limited to 18 each year, making sure faculty has time for ample one-on-one engagement with each student.
  • Students receive a wide range of clinical assignments and opportunities around the country, ranging from Level 1 trauma centers to small rural facilities.
  • Students have the chance to work in CRNA-only facilities and in anesthesiologist-CRNA team practice settings as well.

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

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.

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Tuition and Fees

64 credits at $1,220/credit

$78,080 total tuition

Scholarships

Merit scholarships, alumni scholarships, and loans are available.

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Application Deadlines

Fall 2018: September 30, 2017

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