Master of Nurse Anesthesia Program (Minnesota)
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 the following areas:
- Cardiovascular surgery
- Diagnostic and interventional procedure rooms
- Ophthalmic surgery
- Emergency surgery
- Orthopedic surgery
- General surgery
- Otorhinolaryngology surgery
- Outpatient surgery
- Neurologic surgery
- 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 2004-2014).
See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.
The Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minn., includes an extensive outpatient complex; Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus; Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus; and substantial research and education facilities.
This Mayo 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 Clinic College of Medicine, Mayo School of Health Sciences.
Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national examination administered by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthesia (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 per week.
Each year, Mayo School of Health Sciences admits up to 30 students in its Master of Nurse Anesthesia Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. This ensures you will receive a comprehensive educational experience with close instruction.