The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) degree is offered by Missouri State University upon successful completion of a cooperative program between the Department of Biomedical Sciences of Missouri State University and Mercy Health Center, both located in Springfield, Missouri.
The program was founded in 1953 as an integral part of the Department of Anesthesiology. The clinical program is sponsored by Mercy Health System. The didactic portion of the program is administered through the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the Graduate College of Missouri State University. the Department of Biomedical Sciences is located in the College of Health and Human Services of Missouri State University.
The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) program is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, the official accrediting agency for nurse anesthesia educational programs. Our program was awarded the maximum 10-year accreditation in the fall of 2006.
The council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs may be contacted at :
222 South Prospect Avenue - Suite 304
Park Ridge, IL 60068-4010
Missouri State University is accredited to offer Masters, Specialists and clinical Doctorate degrees by the Higher Learning Commission - North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
The 30 month MSNA full-time program is available only to qualified registered nurses admitted simultaneously to Missouri State University and Missouri State School Of Anesthesia. Students are matriculated into the MSNA program in August and January of each calendar year. Students receive approximately 1400 hours of clinical anesthesia experience and, by completion of their training, have administered 1000-1200 anesthetics. The clinical teaching faculty of the Missouri State School Of Anesthesia hold adjunct graduate faculty status at Missouri State University. These nurse anesthetist specialists share classroom teaching, participate in, and closely supervise the students' clinical education.