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CRNA: Nurse Anesthesia (MS)

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Northeastern University Bouvé College School of Nursing - Nurse Anesthesia Program Ranked One of the Highest in the North East for 2011 in the US News & World Report "Best Graduate Nursing Anesthesia Programs"


Whether in a planned procedure or an emergency, a small local hospital or a regional center, a rural or urban setting, and throughout the life cycle, the nurse anesthetist is a critical member of the health care team. In fact, certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) administer more than thirty million anesthetics each year in the United States.

Northeastern's Nurse Anesthesia program is housed in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, which encourages interdisciplinary collaboration with other health care disciplines. This high level of integration is part of what has made us one of the highest nationally ranked programs in the North East in the U.S. News and World Report ranking.

Northeastern offers a traditional MS, an accelerated MS for certified CRNA's, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study and participation in the US Army Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia.

Students graduate in May each year and are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for nurse anesthetists, administered by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists.

The Bouvé program received funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to increase its size and diversity. As a result, many of our students receive stipends, grants, and tuition assistance.

Northeastern University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. The School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The nurse anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) for the maximum allowable ten years, through May, 2024. Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, 222 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001.


The mission of the Nurse Anesthesia Program is to provide nursing graduate students with an advanced scientific knowledge base, research experiences, and a comprehensive array of clinical experiences that meet the standards of anesthesia care practice.  Northeastern University nurse anesthesia graduates are prepared academically and clinically to provide high quality anesthesia care services to meet the health care needs of the community, including diverse populations.  Upon completion of the 32-month full-time didactic and clinical requirements, the graduate will be eligible to take the national certification examination given by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists through the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).

View the Admissions Requirements.


The curriculum of the nurse anesthesia program is divided into four components: core nursing courses, core clinical courses, nurse anesthesia specialty didactic courses, and nurse anesthesia specialty clinical courses. You will take the core nursing courses together with nursing graduate students in all six of the Bouvé nursing concentrations. This learning environment allows all students to gain an appreciation of each of the specialties' contributions to advanced nursing knowledge and practice. The nurse anesthesia program includes:

  • 4 core nursing courses
  • 3 core nursing clinical courses
  • 7 nurse anesthesia specialty didactic courses
  • 6 nurse anesthesia specialty clinical courses
  • 1 elective

It takes thirty-two months of full-time study to garner the fifty-four semester hour credits required for the master of science degree in nursing, with the nurse anesthesia specialization. Students graduate in May each year and are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for nurse anesthetists, administered by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists.

Read the curriculum.

Read about the US Army Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia.

Experiential Learning

In line with Northeastern's emphasis on practice-oriented education, you will begin clinical work in your first year. Didactic and clinical experiences are integrated throughout the thirty-two month program. During the practicum and throughout your clinical education, you will develop skills in appropriate anesthesia care planning, management, and evaluation for a variety of surgical patient populations.

You will have access to all anesthetic techniques, including invasive monitoring and regional anesthesia (i.e., administering spinals and epidurals), and you will develop and maintain keen critical thinking and reasoning skills in regard to patient care. You will be assigned progressively more complex patients, including neonates, infants and children, obstetrical services, and adults with complex co-existing conditions. This range of experience opens up your career options in a field where all qualified graduates obtain employment almost immediately.

You will practice on the most sophisticated anesthesia equipment, including SimMan, and you will be responsible for administering and managing all regional techniques and modalities of invasive monitoring under the guidance of expert CRNAs and physician faculty.

You will begin your clinical work after the first eight months of the program and integrate those experiences with classroom and laboratory education throughout. Our clinical affiliates are large urban academic teaching centers, including:

  • Tufts Medical Center, MA
  • Rhode Island Hospital, RI
  • Emerson Hospital, MA
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital, MA
  • South Shore Hospital, MA
  • Lawrence General Hospital, MA
  • UMass Worcester, MA
  • Catholic Medical Center, NH
  • St. Vincent's Hospital, MA
  • Boston Children's Hospital, MA
  • Women and Infants of Rhode Island, RI
  • Cape Cod Hospital, MA
  • Veterans Adminstration Hospital, MA
  • Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary, MA
  • North Shore Medical Center, MA
  • Mass General Hospital, MA
  • Pain Center, NH
  • Miriam Hospital, RI
  • Newport Hospital, RI
  • Veterans Administration Hospital, NH

These placement sites have been selected because of the quality of their care and because they are large enough to give you access to all clinical specialty areas, including:

  • cardiothoracic
  • genitourinary
  • gynecologic
  • head and neck
  • neurosurgical
  • obstetrics
  • orthopedics
  • outpatient procedures
  • pediatrics & neonatal
  • plastics
  • transplantation surgery
  • trauma

Rather than moving from placement to placement to study different specialties, you will stay primarily at the same clinical site throughout your program. You will become incorporated into the health care team at your placement site.

Your preceptors include certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) and board certified anesthesiologists. Many of the CRNAs and anesthesiologists are actively engaged in clinical research and some hold doctoral degrees in their fields. All of our clinical faculty have many years of both clinical and preceptor experience.

  1. Pass Rate for first time test-takers on the National Certification Exam (NCE) offered through the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) for the last graduating class in 2014 was 95%.
  2. Graduates in 2014 obtained employment within 3 months of graduation.
  3. Our attrition rate for the graduating class in 2014 was 10%.

Program Director: Steve Alves

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