Note: As of December 2013, the final Master of Nurse Anesthesia Program class has been filled, but we encourage you to apply for the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) Program.

Program description

Nurse Anesthesia program

Dr. William Worrall Mayo, the founder of Mayo Clinic, began nurse anesthesia education in 1889. Mayo Clinic's nurse anesthesia program is the oldest continuously operating school of nurse anesthesia.

The practice of nurse anesthesia at Mayo Clinic involves the management of a patient's anesthetic care by a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). Most anesthetics are provided within the care team environment.

When you successfully complete the Mayo School of Health Sciences Master of Nurse Anesthesia Program, you will be able to provide:

  • Preanesthetic preparation and evaluation
    • Explain upcoming medical procedures and anesthesia to patients
    • Assemble and test the medical equipment needed to administer anesthetics
    • Prepare prescribed solutions and start intravenous injections
    • Perform preoperative physical assessment
  • Anesthesia induction, maintenance and emergence
    • Administer prescribed anesthetics, fluids, blood products and medications
    • Monitor patients to ensure anesthesia is maintained
    • Monitor patients during anesthesia and respond appropriately to vital signs and emergency situations, if necessary
    • Record each patient's vital signs, anesthetic procedures and case management — as well as all anesthetics, fluids and medications administered — before, during and after surgery
  • Post-anesthetic care

Mayo Clinic's Department of Anesthesiology uses state-of-the-art equipment and techniques. Approximately 50,000 anesthetics are administered at Mayo Clinic each year in these areas:

  • Cardiovascular surgery
  • Obstetrics
  • Diagnostic and interventional procedures
  • Ophthalmic surgery
  • Emergency surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • General surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology surgery
  • Outpatient surgery
  • Neurologic surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Plastic surgery
  • Transplant surgery
  • Ambulatory surgery


Mayo School of Health Sciences' Master of Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (October 2013-2023).

  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
    • 222 S. Prospect Ave.
      Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001
    • Phone: 847-655-1160
    • Fax: 847-692-7137

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.


The Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minn., includes an extensive outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester (includes the Saint Marys Campus and Methodist Campus), and substantial research and education facilities.

This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Graduation and certification

When you successfully complete the program's course work and pass the "in-house" comprehensive examination, you are awarded a Master of Nurse Anesthesia (M.N.A.) degree from Mayo School of Health Sciences, part of Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national examination administered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).


For the majority of the 30-month program, your learning schedule will vary according to your academic, clinical and research schedules. Some weekend and off-shift call is required. The average program time commitment is 60 hours a week.

Class size

Each year, Mayo School of Health Sciences admits up to 30 students to its Master of Nurse Anesthesia Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. This ensures you receive a comprehensive educational experience with close instruction.

Feb. 17, 2014