What is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA)?
Nurse anesthesia is an advanced clinical nursing specialty. As anesthesia specialists, CRNAs administer approximately 27 million anesthetics to patients in the United States each year.
How do CRNAs impact health care?
CRNAs are the sole anesthesia providers in more than two-thirds of all rural hospitals in the United States, affording some 70 million rural Americans access to anesthesia. CRNAs provide a significant amount of the anesthesia in inner cities as well. CRNAs are qualified and permitted by state law or regulations to practice in every state of the nation.
How does a nurse become a CRNA?
A nurse attends an accredited nurse anesthesia education program to receive an extensive education in anesthesia. Upon graduation, the nurse must pass a national certification exam to become a CRNA.
What is a "typical" CRNA student?
Overall, the incoming student to an anesthesia program has on average a GPA of 3.4-4.0 with 2-5 years of ICU experience.
Listed below is the January 2016 cohort profile for the MSN-Nurse Anesthesia concentration:
Average GPA: 3.69
Average years of critical care experience: 2.11 years
Average GRE scores (New GRE): Verbal—151 Quantitative—151 Analytical—4.0
Where do CRNAs practice?
CRNAs practice in a variety of settings in the private and public sectors and in the U.S. military, including traditional hospital operating rooms, ambulatory surgery centers, pain clinics, and physicians’ offices. They practice on a solo basis, in groups and collaboratively. Some CRNAs have independent contracting arrangements with physicians or hospitals.
What is the role of an individual CRNA?
Nurse anesthetists, pioneers in anesthesia, have been administering anesthesia for more than 100 years. A CRNA takes care of a patient’s anesthesia needs before, during and after surgery or the delivery of a baby by:
- Performing a physical assessment
- Participating in preoperative teaching
- Preparing for anesthetic management
- Administering anesthesia to keep the patient pain free
- Maintaining anesthesia intraoperatively
- Overseeing recovery from anesthesia
- Following the patient’s postoperative course from recovery room to patient care unit
Nurse anesthetists stay with their patients for the entire procedure, constantly monitoring every important body function and individually modifying the anesthetic to ensure maximum safety and comfort.
CRNAs provide services in conjunction with other health care professionals such as surgeons, dentists, podiatrists, and anesthesiologists.
Where can information be found about Nurse Anesthesia programs offered at other institutions?
All Nursing Schools or AANA
CRNAs are in demand and therefore have many opportunities for general or specialty practice throughout the United States. Reflecting the level of responsibility, CRNAs are one of the best paid nursing specialties. The shortage of CRNAs in the marketplace spells job opportunities. With hospitals and other health care facilities scrutinizing their bottom lines, CRNAs offer an attractive option for providing anesthesia care.
What is the attrition rate, first time certification pass rate, and employment rate of the most recent graduating class?
For the cohort that graduated in Spring 2013:
- Original Cohort included 12 students (starting Spring 2011)
- Number of students who graduated with cohort: 11
- Attrition Rate: 15% (corrected rate)
- 1st time pass rate for certification: 90.9% (10 of 11)
- Employment rate within 6 months of graduation: 100%
When did the first MSU Nurse Anesthesia cohort begin?
January 2008 (spring semester)
How is the program accredited?
The MSU College of Nursing MSN programs are accredited by the Center for Credentialing Nursing Education. The Nurse Anesthesia Program has received accreditation through the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, (222 South Prospect Avenue, Suite 304, Park Ridge, Illinois 60060-4041: Telephone 847-692-7050), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. Classes will be based in East Lansing, Michigan with clinicals in our affiliating agencies across the state.
Why should students attend the MSU program?
Michigan State University College of Nursing is a national and international leader in technology-assisted learning for nurses from entry into practice through professional development. The College rapidly incorporates nursing research and healthcare system needs into education programs and, through partnerships with healthcare systems and faculty in practice, influences health care outcomes and evidence-based practice. The College’s graduates are leaders in healthcare who anticipate and respond to the ever-changing needs of a global community.
Is health insurance available through MSU for students enrolled in the NA program?
Yes, for more information, please review the Michigan State University Student Health Insurance Plan
Is there an admission deadline?
The deadline for application is March 15th. Applications open mid-January each year.
Does an applicant have to be an RN to apply to the NA program?
How competitive is the application selection process?
Nationally, acceptance to a nurse anesthesia program is very competitive. It is not unusual for programs to have at least 5-10 applicants for every one applicant that is selected. For this reason, programs tend to evaluate the applicant’s undergraduate GPA, GRE, and clinical critical care experience very closely.
Is the application fee refunded if a student is not accepted into the program?
No. Application fees are not refundable.
What if I have a course from another program that I would like to transfer?
Up to 25% of your MSN program can be transferred from other universities. Once an admission decision is made, you will submit the syllabus for each prior course for evaluation. If the course is accepted, your education plan will be adjusted to reflect the change.
Is the GRE required?
Where can an admission application be found?
The application opens each year in mid-January and is due March 15th. Information and instructions become available on the College of Nursing website mid-January of each year.
Is there a fee associated with applying to Michigan State University?
Yes, there is an application fee of $50 to apply to Michigan State University. The application fee can be paid online by credit/debit card when you submit the on-line application. This fee is not applied towards your tuition and is not refundable.
Can the application(s) be completed/submitted online?
This University application can be completed and submitted online.
How are students notified of acceptance to the Nurse Anesthesia program?
Those accepted to the Nurse Anesthesia program will be notified in writing.
Can international students apply to the Nurse Anesthesia program?
Yes. Given you have completed a BSN and are eligible for a Michigan license.
What is the general admission process for the Nurse Anesthesia program?
Applicants to the Nurse Anesthesia program will be reviewed by the College of Nursing faculty and the Program Director to determine program eligibility.
How do I know if I’ve been admitted?
Students who have submitted complete applications and are chosen for interview will be contacted by the College. After an interview is completed, the applicants will be reviewed by a committee and a final decision letter sent. The process can take two months or more. Students denied admission at any point during the admission process are sent letters via postal mail.
How are students notified of acceptance to the Nurse Anesthesia program?
Those accepted to the Nurse Anesthesia program will be notified in writing.
When is the deadline for applying?
The application will be available around mid-January of each year for the cohort starting the following January.
What transcripts must be submitted?
All post-secondary transcripts whether a degree was granted or not.
Do I need to submit all documents at once?
Yes. Please follow the instructions on the website. All materials must be received by the deadline. All documents must be submitted in order for a student to be eligible for an interview.
What happens if a student is not selected for an interview?
Applicants not selected in the review process will receive written notification from the College of Nursing. Any candidate not interviewed would need to reapply for the program during the next application cycle in order to be considered for admission the next year.
What if my Bachelors Degree in Nursing is in progress? Do I have to have my degree conferred before I can apply to the MSN Program?
If you have an Associates Degree in Nursing and are already licensed as a Registered Nurse and are currently enrolled in a BSN Completion Program, YES, you may apply while your degree is in progress. Your degree must be conferred before the start of the program in order to be considered for admission.
Please note that students admitted provisionally are not eligible for financial aid (government grants, loans) until the provision is lifted. It is recommended that you complete all requirements before starting the program.
What are the admission requirements for the MSU Nurse Anesthesia program?
The requirements for admission to the MSU Nurse Anesthesia program are:
- A bachelors degree in nursing
- Unrestricted current Registered Nurse License
- ACLS and PALS certification
- One year of full-time clinical experience or equivalent as a Registered Nurse in an intensive care unit within the last five years is required for the Nurse Anesthesia concentration
- Three recommendation forms from sources who have direct knowledge of the applicant’s work and education experience specifying the applicant’s ability to do graduate work
Are there any other specific requirements for admission?
Yes; while programs do vary in the prerequisite courses, admission to the MSU program will require that you hold a Bachelor degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLN accredited nursing program; GRE scores sent directly to the program from the testing agency; and a 3-credit statistics course which includes inferential statistics within the past 5 years.
What if an applicant's grades and GRE scores aren't good?
While this is a good question, it is a very difficult one to answer. Because of the competitive nature of the admissions process and the demands of the program, good scores are essential in order to receive an invitation for an interview.
Is there a minimum grade point requirement in order to apply to the Nurse Anesthesia program?
If the applicant's Statistics course was taken more than five years ago, does it fulfill the prerequisite?
A successful applicant will have completed a qualifying three (3) credit undergraduate or graduate statistics course with a grade of 3.0 (4.0 scale) or better within five years of the program start date.
What if the applicant is taking a qualifying statistics course at the time of enrollment, but the course will not be completed until after the application deadline?
You must be able to provide documentation showing that you have completed a qualifying statistics course with a 3.0 or better or show evidence of a course in progress. Deadline for completion of the statistics course is the end of summer semester prior to the start of the program.
The nurse anesthesia program at MSU is 28 months long and students are required to attend on a full-time basis. Generally speaking, the program integrates didactic classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences with the majority of classroom experiences during the first two semesters. One cohort of students is accepted each year. Each new cohort begins in January.
What does the MSU Nurse Anesthesia program include?
It consists of graduate course work including both classroom and clinical experience with:
- The classroom curriculum emphasizing anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics and pharmacology as related to anesthesia.
- The major clinical component providing experience with a variety of anesthesia techniques and procedures for all types of surgery and obstetrics.
What level program is the Nurse Anesthesia program?
Master of Science in Nursing.
How is the curriculum designed?
Content is delivered via face-to-face instruction, interactive television and the internet. The COA has a minimal academic curriculum for nurse anesthesia programs to include:
- A minimum of 135 hours in Advanced Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology.
- A minimum of 90 hours in Advanced Pharmacology.
- A minimum of 45 hours in Chemistry and Physics Related to Anesthesia.
- The minimum requirement of 90 hours of courses in anesthesia practice provides content such as induction, maintenance, and emergence of anesthesia; airway management; anesthesia pharmacology; and anesthesia for special patient populations such as obstetrics, geriatrics, and pediatrics.
Are any of the courses in the program of study available to students through distance education technologies?
All core courses are currently online. The two Pharmacology courses are offered via interactive television.
To how many clinical sites could a student typically rotate, and where are the sites?
Affiliate clinical rotations will be assigned in the fairest and most equitable manner as is mathematically possible. The program has clinical affiliation sites at the following locations:
- St. John’s Hospital and Medical Center
22101 Moross Rd.
Detroit, MI 48236
- Ingham Regional Medical Center
401 W. Greenlawn Ave.
Lansing, MI 48910
- St. John Macomb Hospital
11800 E. 12 Mile Rd.
Warren, MI 48093
- Sparrow Medical Center
1215 E. Michigan Ave.
Lansing, MI 48909-7980
- Other clinical sites may be added and some of these sites may be deleted to meet the needs of the program. Students may not rotate to every clinical site. If a clinical site becomes a primary site, currently enrolled students will be given an option to complete their clinical requirements at the site when possible.
Are information packets available or is all necessary information available online?
All necessary information can be found online.
Can a student work full-time and participate in the program?
The MSN Nurse Anesthesia concentration is a rigorous, 28-month, full-time program. The nurse anesthesia student must be able to devote full-time to this demanding specialty. Clinical assignments will require up to an average of 40 hours per week with classes scheduled up to 10 hours per week during the same period. Additionally, time is required for study, pre/post operative visits and formulating anesthesia management plans. Nurse anesthesia students who engage in outside employment are encouraged to keep these factors in mind when scheduling work as an R.N., and to notify the Program Director of the number of hours worked per month. Nurse anesthesia students are to have at least ten (10) hours off between work and each school day. The nurse anesthesia students’ commitment to the program averages 60-70 hours per week.
Can coursework for the Nurse Anesthesia concentration be completed online?
All MSN core courses are available in an online format, but the Nurse Anesthesia concentration requires significant campus time and clinical hours. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for the Nurse Anesthesia program.
Will a student need their own computer?
Students are required to have a computer. Computer requirements for the program coursework include: IBM-compatible PC, multimedia-enabled, Pentium with CD-ROM drive, modem, Windows and Microsoft Office software. High speed internet access.
Does a student have to live in Michigan to participate in the program?
You must be able to attend the classroom courses in person and participate in clinical at assigned hospitals.
Can a student attend the program part-time?
No, this program is a full-time program.
Need-based scholarships and loans are administered by the Office of Financial Aid in the same manner as other need-based financial aid programs available to MSU students. Applications for scholarships or loans may be obtained from the University Office of Financial Aid (Student Services Building), College of Nursing Office of Student Support Services, and the Graduate Office.
What about graduate assistantships, private scholarships, Professional Nurse Traineeships at MSU?
Fellowships are available through the College of Nursing. Students should complete the College of Nursing Financial Assistance Form, and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and/or the College of Nursing Scholarship application by March 1st for support during the following academic year.
Financial award is contingent upon the availability of monies and criteria specified by the funding source.
What are the tuition fees associated with the Nurse Anesthesia program?
Tuition for this program is a block rate (total tuition for the entire program). Current Tuition rates are approximately $53,270 (in state) and $82,140 (out-of-state). Tuition costs are always changing. For the most current information, go to the main MSU site and type in “tuition costs” and select the fees calculator. You may also go to the Controller’s Office website.