Nursing Anesthesia, MS

The nurse anesthesia program is housed in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, which encourages interdisciplinary collaboration with other healthcare disciplines. This high level of integration is part of what has made us one of the highest nationally ranked programs in the Northeast in the U.S. News and World Report ranking.

Northeastern offers a traditional masterʼs degree, an accelerated masterʼs for certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS).

Students graduate in May each year and are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for nurse anesthetists, administered by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists.

Whether in a planned procedure or an emergency, a small local hospital or a regional center, a rural or urban setting, and throughout the life cycle, the nurse anesthetist is a critical member of the healthcare team. In fact, CRNAs administer more than 30 million anesthetics each year in the United States.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Core Requirements 

A grade of B or higher is required in all course work.

Required Core
NRSG 5118Healthcare System and Professional Role Development3
NRSG 5121Epidemiology and Population Health3
NRSG 6320Role/Practice Issues in Nurse Anesthesia3
NRSG 6321Conceptual Basis of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 13
NRSG 6322Conceptual Basis of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 23
NRSG 6324Chemistry and Physics in Anesthesia3
NRSG 6325Pharmacotherapeutics in Anesthesia and Critical Care Nursing2
NRSG 6333Conceptual Basis of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 33
NRSG 6336Advanced Concepts in Nurse Anesthesia Practice3
Course Work
NRSG 5117Advanced Pharmacology2
NRSG 5126Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice3
NRSG 6115Health Assessment3
Complete a minimum of 2 semester hours of elective course work.2
NRSG 6530Nurse Anesthesia Practicum 12
NRSG 6534Nurse Anesthesia Practicum 24
NRSG 6535Nurse Anesthesia Practicum 34
Clinical Experiences
NRSG 6540Advanced Clinical Experiences in Nurse Anesthesia 11
NRSG 6541Advanced Clinical Experiences in Nurse Anesthesia 21
NRSG 6542Advanced Clinical Experiences in Nurse Anesthesia 31
NRSG 7105Translating Research Evidence into Practice3
NRSG 7110Evidence-Based Practice Research Application2

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

54 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required