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Nurse Anesthesia

Master of Science in Nursing
Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Professions
Graduate School
Application Deadline: July 1st of Preceding Anticipated January Start Date

The Master of Science in Nursing in Nurse Anesthesia is a 28-month, 88-credit hour, full time program that prepares registered nurses for entry into nurse anesthesia practice.  Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists.  Satisfactory performance is necessary in order to practice as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.

  • Prerequisites

    Admission Requirements:


    • A Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a nationally accredited college or university
    • Completed application to the Graduate School and Nurse Anesthesia Program
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.00 overall or 3.0 on the last 60 hours
    • Graduate level descriptive and inferential statistics
    • Current unrestricted/unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse
    • Two years of critical care experience as a Registered Nurse in a critical care area with emphasis on interpretation and use of advanced hemodynamic monitoring techniques, psychomotor skills and independent decision making
    • CCRN or CSC required
    • Current BCLS, ACLS and PALS certification


  • Admission Process

    Admission Procedures:

    Submit the following documents to:
    Graduate Admissions
    Arkansas State University
    PO Box 1570
    State University, AR 72467
    Telephone:  (870) 972-2737
    Fax:  (870) 972-3406
    • Online Graduate School Application (You will be prompted to pay the $30 application fee with a debit/credit card within the online application)
    • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
    • Graduate Record Examination score (must be within 5 years)
    • Proof of MMR
    Submit the following documents to:
    School of Nursing
    Arkansas State University
    PO Box 910
    State University AR 72467
    Telephone:  (870) 972-3074
    Fax:  (870) 972-2954
    • Application to the Nurse Anesthesia Program (available on Nursing Website)
    • Three recommendations attesting to applicant's professional ability.  One recommendation must be from the applicant's current nurse manager. (Form available on Nursing Website)
    • Resume
    • Professional goal statement
    • CCRN or CSC certification


    See also School of Nursing website for additional information:  http://astate.edu/college/conhp/departments/nursing/

  • Additional Information

    The Nurse Anesthesia Program begins annually in January.  Applications are received continually.  However, the application deadline is July 1st preceding the anticipated January start date.  For example, applicants desiring to obtain admission to start in January of 2020, must have all materials submitted by July 1, 2019.

    The Nurse Anesthesia Program offers a full scope of practice and educational experiences with clinical sites in Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee.

    If you have questions, you may email the Nurse Anesthesia Program Coordinator, Dr. Kathy Wren at kwren@astate.edu; the Nurse Anesthesia Program Assistant Patricia Davis at pjdavis@astate.edu; or msninfo@astate.edu.

    Arkansas State University is an equal opportunity institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, or other unlawful factors in employment practices or admission and treatment of students.  Any questions regarding this policy should be addressed to the Coordinator of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, Arkansas State University, PO Box 2100, State University (Jonesboro), Arkansas 72467.  Telephone: (870) 972-3454


    * Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical sections of the GRE are required.

  • Estimated Tuition and Expenses

    Nurse Anesthesia

    Total Tuition & Fees
    Payment of $7,650 due Spring 1, Summer 1, Spring 2, Summer 2
    Acceptance Deposit (applied towards tuition)
    Additional Estimated Costs
    AANA Associate Membership
    Professional Liability Insurance
    $275.00 per year
    Drug Testing
    Background Check
    Computer with Printer/Scanner
    Copying Fees
    Uniforms & Equipment
    Self Evaluation Exam (x2)
    Review Course and Books
    ACLS & PALS and RN Fees
    Certification Examination
    Travel Expenses
    Additional Housing
    AANA and ArANA Meetings
    The above fees do not include fees associated with applying to A-State or parking on campus.
  • Accreditation

    The Nurse Anesthesia program is accredited by:

    The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
    222 S Prospect Avenue
    Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001
    Telephone:  (847) 655-1160
    The program's next accreditation review by the COA is scheduled for May 2024.
    The MSN program is accredited by:
    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing 
    3343 Peachtree Rd, NE, Suite #850
    Atlanta, GA 30326
    Telephone:  (404) 975-5000
    The MSN program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.
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