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College of Health Professions

Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia

Angela Mund, CRNA, DNP, Division Director

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) are advanced practice registered nurses who have been providing quality anesthesia care in the United States for over 150 years.  There are currently more than 47,000 practicing CRNAs in the US.  The longevity and growth of the specialty can be attributed to nurse anesthetists’ commitment to excellence and patient safety, their willingness to provide services when and where needed, and the provision of cost efficient anesthesia care.

CRNAs practice in every state and in every practice setting including the academic and Level 1 trauma medical centers, community hospitals, outpatient clinics, physician offices, and in pain management centers.  CRNAs have a long-standing history of providing anesthesia to our nation’s veterans and military service members on the battlefield.  CRNAs provide anesthesia care to all types of patients from pediatric to geriatric and utilize all possible methods of delivering anesthesia including regional nerve blocks and general anesthesia.

Prior to obtaining a master’s degree and certification as a CRNA, interested nurses must first have a baccalaureate degree, obtain clinical experience in an intensive care unit, and develop understanding of the nurse anesthesia profession.  Upon certification, CRNAs are required to continue proficiency through clinical practice requirements and continuing education credits.

As advanced practice nurses, CRNAs may practice with a high degree of autonomy and professional respect.  Since 1986, CRNAs have been accorded the ability to directly bill Medicare for anesthesia services – the first APRN specialty to be able to do so.  As a profession, CRNAs consistently report high career satisfaction and demonstrated commitment to the profession.

Last Published with Edits:August 3, 2017 9:38 AM
Last Comprehensive Review:June 2016
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