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Master of Science in Nursing | Nurse Anesthetist Programs

Nurse Anesthesia (MS)

School of Nursing

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.

Overview

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.

  • 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 graduating class in 2014 was 95%.
  • Graduates in 2014 obtained employment within 3 months of graduation.
  • The attrition rate for the graduating class in 2014 was 10%.
Degree Options
  • Traditional MS
  • Accelerated MS for certified CRNA’s
  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study
  • US Army Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia
Application Due

October 1

Accreditation
Honors

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”

Contact Info

Christine Litzinger
207 Robinson Hall
Tel: 617-373-3124
c.litzinger@neu.edu

Curriculum

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.

Sample Schedules

Master of Science Degree Program
  • Fall Semester

    • NRSG 5117 Advanced Pharmacology: 2
    • NRSG 5118 Health Care System & Professional Role Development: 3
    • NRSG 7105 Translating Research Evidence into Practice: 3
    • NRSG 5126 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice: 3
    • NRSG 6320 Role/Practice Issues in Nurse Anesthesia: 3

    Total Credit Hours: 14

  • Spring Semester

    • NRSG 7110 Evidence Based Practice Research Aplication: 2
    • NRSG 6115 Advanced Health Assessment: 3
    • NRSG 5121 Epidemiology & Population Health: 3
    • NRSG 6324 Chemistry & Physics of Anesthesia: 3
    • Elective 2

    Total Credit Hours: 13

  • Summer Semester

    • NRSG 6321 Conceptual Basis of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 1: 3
    • NRSG 6325 Pharmacotherapeutics in Anesthesia & Critical Care Nursing: 2
    • NRSG 6530 Nurse Anesthesia Practicum 1: 2

    Total Credit Hours: 7

  • Fall Semester

    • NRSG 6322 Conceptual Basis of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 2: 3
    • NRSG 6534 Nurse Anesthesia Practicum 2: 4

    Total Credit Hours: 7

  • Spring Semester

    • NRSG 6333 Conceptual Basis of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 3: 3
    • NRSG 6535 Nurse Anesthesia Practicum 3: 4

    Total Credit Hours: 7

  • Summer Semester

    • NRSG 6336 Advanced Concepts in Nurse Anesthesia Practice: 3
    • NRSG 6540 Advanced Clinical Experiences in Nurse Anesthesia 1: 1

    Total Credit Hours: 4

  • Fall Semester

    • NRSG 6541 Advanced Clinical Experiences in Nurse Anesthesia 2: 1

    Total Credit Hours: 1

  • Spring Semester

    • NRSG 6542 Advanced Clinical Experiences in Nurse Anesthesia 3: 1

    Total Credit Hours: 1

Graduate in May with a Total of 54 Credit Hours

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS)
  • Fall Semester

    • NRSG 5117 Advanced Pharmacology: 2
    • NRSG 5126 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice: 3
    • NRSG 6320 Role/Practice Issues in Nurse Anesthesia: 3

    Total Credit Hours: 8

  • Spring Semester

    • NRSG 6115 Advanced Health Assessment: 3
    • NRSG 6324 Chemistry & Physics of Anesthesia: 3

    Total Credit Hours: 6

  • Summer Semester

    • NRSG 6321 Conceptual Basis of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 1: 3
    • NRSG 6325 Pharmacotherapeutics in Anesthesia & Critical Care Nursing: 2
    • NRSG 6530 Nurse Anesthesia Practicum 1: 2

    Total Credit Hours: 7

  • Fall Semester

    • NRSG 6322 Conceptual Basis of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 2: 3
    • NRSG 6534 Nurse Anesthesia Practicum 2: 4

    Total Credit Hours: 7

  • Spring Semester

    • NRSG 6333 Conceptual Basis of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 3: 3
    • NRSG 6535 Nurse Anesthesia Practicum 3: 4

    Total Credit Hours: 7

  • Summer Semester

    • NRSG 6336 Advanced Concepts in Nurse Anesthesia Practice: 3
    • NRSG 6540 Advanced Clinical Experiences in Nurse Anesthesia 1: 1

    Total Credit Hours: 4

  • Fall Semester

    • NRSG 6541 Advanced Clinical Experiences in Nurse Anesthesia 2: 1

    Total Credit Hours: 1

  • Spring Semester

    • NRSG 6542 Advanced Clinical Experiences in Nurse Anesthesia 3: 1

    Total Credit Hours: 1

Graduate in May with a Minimum Total of 33 Credit Hours

Admissions Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by the NLNAC, CCNE, or related field
  • Official transcript(s) of ALL college-level study
  • Undergraduate grade-point average of 3.000 (B)
  • Statistics course with probability and hypothesis testing
  • Satisfactory Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal goal statement
  • Current registration to practice nursing in the United States
  • At least one year of critical care nursing experience
  • Preferred CCRN
  • Current certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Preferrred Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • On-campus interview with faculty

CRNA MS Completion Program Admissions Requirements

This accelerated program acknowledges the credentials and specialized training of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) by awarding up to 26 semester hours of advanced placement credit toward the master’s degree. The admissions requirements for the master’s completion program for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are as follows:

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLN) or CCNE, or related field
  • Official transcript(s) of all college-level study
  • Certificate from an accredited nurse anesthesia program (accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal goal statement
  • Current registration to practice nursing in the United States
  • A CRNA in good standing who has completed as least one year of professional practice after becoming certified by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists.
  • Current certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
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
  • Rhode Island Hospital
  • Emerson Hospital
  • UMass Medical Center
  • Catholic Medical Center
  • Women and Infants of Rhode Island

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.

Program Director: Steve Alves

Apply to the CRNA Nurse Anesthesia program.
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