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Degrees Available at SIUE

• Master of Science, Nurse Anesthesia (NA) Specialization
• Post-Master's Certificate, Nurse Anesthesia Specialization

Why Nurse Anesthesia?

Nurse anesthetists provide individualized patient care to relieve the pain of chronic diseases, obstetrical services, surgical procedures, and diagnostic or therapeutic procedures. Nurse anesthetist practices are based on both institutional and state policies, but are usually in collaboration with physicians. Nurse anesthetists are well respected and often work autonomously, especially in rural areas where they may be the sole anesthesia providers.

Nurse Anesthesia at SIUE

In SIUE's nurse anesthesia specialization, students receive course and clinical experiences that meet or exceed the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists requirements. Students learn to provide anesthetic care in diverse populations, including both rural and urban clinical sites.

Following graduation, students are eligible to take the National Certification Examination offered by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists. The successful completion of this examination is required by the State Boards of Nursing before the graduate can be licensed/titled to practice as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

The nurse anesthesia specialization is offered full-time over 8 semesters (31 months) at our Edwardsville campus and entrance into the specialization is highly competitive.

Career Outlook

CRNAs are employed in hospitals, clinics, surgery centers, and private physicians' offices to provide anesthesia and pain relief for the ever increasing number of surgical procedures that occur yearly. CRNAs are in high demand, very satisfied with their jobs, and are well compensated. This is an exciting time to be a CRNA!

How to Apply

The application process begins by submitting the SIUE graduate application found at: Once the application has been submitted, the applicant will receive an email from Graduate Admissions within 2-3 business days which will detail the application process. A list of the requirements for the School of Nursing will be included in the email, and all required forms will be attached. The required forms include: a School of Nursing application, a Reference form (to be completed for each reference), and a Goals & Objectives Statement form. They can also be found to the left under Forms. All application materials must be sent directly to Graduate Admissions. Contact Tina Noto, graduate adviser, at (618) 650-3930 or for more information.

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Disclosure Information IAW 34 CFR 668.8(b)(1)

SOC 29-1199.02
Occupation Nurse Anesthetists
SOC Occupation Link Visit Site
CIP 513804
Program Nurse Anesthesia
Tuition & Fees (2011-12) $47,841
Books & Supplies $3,910
Room & Board NA
Median Loan Debt $127,950
Completion Rate *

* Less than 10 students enrolled in certificate program