The Nurse Anesthesia program prepares graduates to manage the anesthesia needs of patients of all ages. Students will develop expertise in the areas of pre-anesthetic assessment and evaluation, anesthesia planning, anesthesia administration and monitoring, and post-anesthesia care. The program prepares graduates to administer all types of anesthesia, including general, regional, local, and conscious sedation.

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Certification Examination for Nurse Anesthetists offered by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists. 

Master of Science in Nursing Nurse Anesthesia — Curriculum Overview

For information on clinical preceptorships, please see our Preceptor Guidelines (pdf).

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BSN-DNP Program in Nurse Anesthesia

Starting in the Summer 2014 semester, UTHealth School of Nursing will be the first and only public university in the state to offer a nine-semester program from the BSN degree to a DNP in Nurse Anesthesia. The new BSN to DNP curriculum, approved by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, will be 112 credits and nine semesters (36 months). For more information, CLICK HERE.

About the MSN Nurse Anesthesia program

  • The curriculum of 90 semester hours (32 months, 8 continuous semesters of full time study) meets or exceeds the Council on Accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs requirements’ for both academic and clinical experiences. The curriculum is designed for the student to build on the basic sciences and integrate that knowledge into clinical anesthesia practice.
  • The curriculum has been continuously accredited by the COA and meets or exceeds minimum requirements for academic and clinical coursework.
  • The clinical experiences provided by the program exceed the COA minimum of 550 cases. The program graduates meet or exceed all of the specified procedures, techniques, and special practice areas required. The clinical experiences are completed during the final four clinical semesters (semesters 5 through 8 of the master curriculum). The students are exposed to a full scope of anesthesia practice as defined by the COA at our 15 COA-approved clinical sites.
  • 100% of May 2013 graduates passed the NCE (national certification exam) on first attempt.
  • Pass rates for our NCE first-time test takers (initial examination) for the most recent five-year composite (2009-2013) was 95.1%; All graduates passed NCE in same time period.  
  • The UTHealth nurse anesthesia program has been able to maintain a low attrition rate. For the past five years (2008-2012) the attrition rate was 8.6%.
  • 100% of our graduates have been employed within six months for the past five years. Many of the graduates have secured positions in facilities which serve as clinical sites for the nurse anesthesia program.
  • The program is currently accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

List of nurse anesthesia clinical sites

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

222 S. Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone: (847) 692-7050; FAX: (847) 692-6968

Nurse Anesthesia Program Administration

Kristen Starnes-Ott, PhD, CRNA

Track Director, Nurse Anesthesia
Associate Professor of Nursing - Clinical (Email)

Myron H Arnaud, DNP, CRNA

Assistant Track Director, Nurse Anesthesia
Assistant Professor of Nursing - Clinical (Email)