Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia

Application Deadline: July 31, 2018

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 Nurse Anesthesia Practice degree in March, 2018. Pending approval by the COA, the program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in January, 2019. Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting the program at:

National University, Fresno
Nurse Anesthesia Program
20 River Park Place West
Fresno CA, 93720

The accredited nurse anesthesia program will provide graduate students with a solid foundation in the basic sciences pertinent to anesthesia care delivery. The nurse anesthetist program in California will provide education and exposure to all aspects of clinical anesthesia to include, but not be limited to: regional anesthesia, general anesthesia, monitored anesthesia care, local infiltration techniques, and pain management. The CRNA degree curriculum is delivered in a two-phase model. Phase I is composed of didactic instruction only, with the majority of course work conducted on campus. Phase I is composed of four quarters and is one year in length. Phase II is dedicated to clinical practicum and follows directly after Phase I. Phase II is fifteen months in length following Phase I. All coursework in the first phase of the program must be completed prior to starting the second phase of the program and entry into the clinical setting. Clinical practicums provide the opportunity for administration of anesthesia under the direct supervision of a staff CRNA or anesthesiologists. Clinical rotations will be throughout California, Arizona, Texas and Montana. Respective state nursing licensure for rotations out of California will be required. Housing and travel expense will be the responsibility of the student. The clinical rotations will provide the student with exposure to anesthesia delivery in large academic institutions as well as rural and outpatient settings. Specialty anesthesia rotations in cardiac, obstetrics, neurosurgery, pediatrics, transplant, and pain management will prepare the graduate to practice in a wide range of specialties.

The didactic and clinical education that the student receives throughout the Nurse Anesthesia Program will prepare them to take the national board certification exam administered by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. Application to the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program is initiated by first applying to National University, then applying directly to the nurse anesthesia program via the supplemental nurse anesthesia application. The supplemental application will be submitted directly to the nurse anesthesia program office at the address listed on the application. The applications will be thoroughly screened for completeness and to assure all requirements have been met. Applicants who meet the screening criteria will be invited for a personal interview with program staff and local clinicians. Admission offers to the nurse anesthesia program will be given via letter, telephone, or email shortly after all interviews have been completed. All applicants to the program will be notified of their status for acceptance.

The Nurse Anesthesia Program is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA):

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
222 S. Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001
Main Number: 847-655-1160
Fax: 847-692-7137

Unit Fee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $329.70 (In addition to tuition fee)


  1. Successful admission to National University.
  2. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a NLNAC or CCNE accredited College or University or Bachelor of Science in a related physical science with licensure as a registered nurse.
  3. Current unrestricted/unencumbered (clear/active) license as a registered nurse in one of the states of the United States, with eligibility for licensure throughout all states in the United States.
  4. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on all undergraduate courses or 3.0 on the last 60 units of undergraduate courses on a 4.0 scale.
  5. Science GPA of 2.75 or greater.
  6. A minimum of one full year of critical care experience in an intensive care unit within the past three years as a registered nurse. Trauma emergency department and other experiences will be considered on an individual basis. Operating room, OB, and PACU experience is not accepted as critical care experience.
  7. Three favorable evaluations/recommendations from: a. Current clinical supervisor b. CRNA, Anesthesiologist or RN c. Academic faculty member familiar with your academic performance.
  8. Professional certification in any of the following preferred: CCRN, TNC, or CFRN.
  9. Current ACLS and PALS certification.
  10. Shadow experience in the OR with a CRNA or Anesthesiologist.
  11. Undergraduate Biochemistry course strongly recommended.
  12. Successful personal interview.
  13. Background check and drug screening test.
  14. The successful completion of the following undergraduate prerequisite courses:

Pharmacology: 3 semester/4 quarter
Anatomy with Lab: 4 semester/6 quarter
Physiology: 4 semester/6 quarter
General Chemistry: 3 semester/4 quarter
Statistics: 3 semester/4 quarter

Biochemistry is not required but strongly recommended; Basic Research (1 course); Statistics (1 course) Must complete with a grade of B or better.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Appraise the integration of scholarship into evidence based clinical anesthesia practice.
  • Formulate anesthesia management plans for all complexities of anesthesia care through the entire perioperative phase using all available technologies.
  • Appraise policy, issues, and trends in healthcare for their impact on anesthesia care and professional practice.
  • Evaluate the broad context or system within which nurse anesthesia is practiced.
  • Select, assemble, and maintain proper equipment, anesthetic agents, and accessories in preparation for sedation, general anesthesia, and/or regional anesthetic techniques.
  • Develop critical thinking to anticipate and solve problems, make decisions, and apply basic science knowledge to nurse anesthesia practice.
  • Appraise multi-system anesthesia related problems in terms of pathogenesis, mechanisms of system-to-system interactions and potential complications.
  • Develop and sustain relationships and partnerships with patients and other interdisciplinary professionals to facilitate optimal care and patient outcomes.
  • Evaluate ethical principles to decision making in nurse anesthesia practice and healthcare systems.
  • Evaluate the patient's physical and psychological status identifying abnormalities that will have implications on the anesthesia care plan, including evaluation of all laboratory, radiographic, and other diagnostic test data.
  • Select therapeutic interventions based on scientific knowledge and emerging approaches to nurse anesthesia practice and healthcare delivery to promote optimal outcomes.


To receive an MSNA, students must complete 100.5 graduate quarter units. The program is designed in a cohort model and all courses must be taken in the set sequence. Due to the nature of the program, no transfer credit is allowed. Further information on graduate admission and evaluation may be found in the Academic Information for Graduate Degrees section of the catalog.
NOTE: All course work must be completed with a grade of B- or higher to avoid academic probation and/or program dismissal.
Program Requirements (24 courses; 100.5 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):