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), a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS), and participation in the U.S. Army Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia.

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.

Northeastern University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. The School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The nurse anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) for the maximum allowable 10 years through May 2024 (Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, 222 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001).

  • Pass rate for first-time test takers on the National Certification Exam (NCE) offered through the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) for the graduating class in 2016 was 80 percent.
  • The employment rate for the class that graduated in 2016 was 100 percent within three months of graduation.
  • The attrition rate for the class that graduated in 2016 was 4 percent.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.


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

Core Courses
NRSG 5118Healthcare System and Professional Role Development3
NRSG 5121Epidemiology and Population Health3
Anesthesia Didactic Courses
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
Clinical Courses
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
Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Courses
NRSG 6530Nurse Anesthesia Practicum 12
NRSG 6534Nurse Anesthesia Practicum 24
NRSG 6535Nurse Anesthesia Practicum 34
NRSG 6540Advanced Clinical Experiences in Nurse Anesthesia 11
NRSG 6541Advanced Clinical Experiences in Nurse Anesthesia 21
NRSG 6542Advanced Clinical Experiences in Nurse Anesthesia 31
Research Core
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