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Curriculum

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.

As a Master of Nurse Anesthesia Program student, you will receive education and experiences in:

  • Basic and advanced anesthesia sciences
  • Anesthesia management and education studies
  • Investigational theory
  • A wide variety of required and advanced clinical experience and courses

The academic portion of the traditional program totals 66 didactic semester credits. The clinical experience stresses cognitive processing, problem solving and proficiency in psychomotor skills.

Masters of Nurse Anesthesia Program Schedule

The Masters of the Nurse Anesthesia Program requires full-time study for 30 months. Mayo's program meets the standards and guidelines for Schools of Nurse Anesthesia published by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs.

All student registered nurse anesthetists must successfully complete the following course requirements.

Courses with * require tuition payment.

First Year
TOTAL ACADEMIC CREDITS YEAR I — 36 Credits
Course Title Credits
NA5005 (F1) Introduction to the Practice of Nurse Anesthesia* 1
NA5007 (F1) Medical Physiology I* 2
NA5008 (Sp1) Medical Physiology II* 2
NA5020 (F1) Fundamentals of Anesthesia 2
NA5023 (F1) Advanced General Pharmacology* 2
NA5024 (F1) Advanced Anesthesia Pharmacology I* 2
NA5025 (Sp1) Advanced Anesthesia Pharmacology II* 2
NA5026 (F1) Inorganic, Organic, Biochemistry for Anesthesia* 2
NA5027 (F1) Physics for Anesthesia* 2
NA5028 (F1) Introduction to Clinical Anesthesia* 2
NA5030 (Sp1) Integrated Physiology & Pathophysiology* 2
NA5050 (Sp1) Obstetric, Pediatric and Geriatric Anesthesia 3
NA5061 (Sp1) Pulmonary Pathophysiology and Crisis Case Management* 2
NA5201 (Su1) Summer Seminar I 1
NA5206 (Sp1) Advanced Physical Assessment* 2
NA5400 (Sp1) Anatomy for Nurse Anesthetist* 2
NA5420 (Sp1) Statistics and Research Methods* 3
NA5443 Research Independent Study NC
NA5670 (F1) Curricular Processes* 2
Second Year
TOTAL ACADEMIC CREDITS YEAR II — 20 Credits
Course Title Credits
NA5009 (F2) Enrichment Practicums* 2
NA5051 (F2) Cardiac, Vascular, Thoracic Anesthesia 2
NA5052 (F2) Neurosciences and EENT Anesthesia 2
NA5053 (Sp2) Regional Anesthesia/Pain* 2
NA5100 (Sp2) Professional Dimensions 3
NA5202 (Su3) Summer Seminar II 1
NA5203 (Sp2) Comprehensive Anesthesia Review* 1
NA5210 (F2) Case Conferences I 1
NA 5211 (Sp2) Case Conferences II 1
NA5410 (F2) Advanced Considerations in the Practice of Anesthesia I 1
NA5411 (Sp2) Advanced Considerations in the Practice of Anesthesia II 1
NA5443 Research Independent Study NC
NA5656 (Sp2) Administrative Processes* 3
Third Year
TOTAL ACADEMIC CREDIT YEAR III — 11 Credits
Course Course Credits

[All students must complete 3 credits of Education (NA5669) or Management (NA 5652) emphasis courses.] Emphasis graduate courses subject to change and availability.

Total Didactic Credits — 67

NA5441 (Su3) Research I* 1
NA5442 (F3) Research Conference 1
NA5443 Research Independent Study NC
NA5444 (F3) Research IV * 3
NA5205 (F3) Advanced Pathophysiology* 2
NA5212 (Su3) Case Conference III 1
NA5652 (Su3) Resource Management* 3
NA5669 (Su3) Nursing Education Theory & Research* 3
Clinical Experiences
Course Title Credits

Total Clinical Credits — 29

NA5300 (Sp1) Initial Clinical Orientation & Competencies 1
NA5301 (1) Clinical Internship South 2
NA5302 (1) Clinical Internship Center 2
NA5304 (1) Clinical Internship Orthopedics 2
NA5305 (1) Clinical Internship Central 2
NA5306 (1) Clinical Internship Multispecialty 2
NA5320 (2) Clinical Internship Cardiovascular 2
NA5321 (2) Clinical Internship Neurology 2
NA5322 (2) Clinical Internship EENT/Oral 2
NA5323 (1) Clinical Internship Obstetrics 2
NA5324 (1) Clinical Internship Pediatrics 2
NA5325 (2) Clinical Internship Off-Campus Rotation 2
NA5329 (2) Clinical Intensive Thoracic/Musculoskeletal 2
NA5330 (2) Clinical Internship Gonda 2
NA5331 (2) Advanced Practicums & Clinical Experience 2

Clinical Expectations and Guidelines Policy: Students should have a minimum of a 10-hour break between clinical obligations.

Off-Site rotations

Master of Nurse Anesthesia program students who are in good standing, academically and clinically, will be required to rotate off-campus for an eight-week period. This rotation provides both regional anesthesia experience and clinical experience in a smaller, community-based environment. Currently, students rotate to a Mayo Clinic Health System practice in either Austin or Fairmont, Minn.; Menomonie, Wis.; or to a non-Mayo site in Carroll, Iowa.

The eight-week off-campus rotation takes place during the last 12 months of the program. Mayo Clinic subsidizes the authorized associated travel costs and provides housing.

Grading or evaluation

Mayo School of Health Sciences uses evaluative tools that include:

  • Written examination
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Class/seminar presentations
  • Class participation
  • Referenced papers
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews

Our system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance, allowing students who are experiencing academic difficulty to be directed to appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities. Grades are based on a percentage. Retesting may be required for test or assignment scores below 70 percent. A score less than 70 percent is considered a failure.

Curriculum enhancement

Mayo School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the very best education programs. Changes may be made to the curriculum and other aspects of this program as necessary to assure the highest-quality training.

  • Feb 17, 2014
  • ART807640