MSN in Nurse Anesthesia

Note: No applications will be accepted for the 2022-2023 academic year. 

Major: Nurse Anesthesia
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 89.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.3804
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29.1151

About the Program

The Master of Science in Nursing in nurse anesthesia is a 28-month, 89.0 quarter credit, full-time program. The program offers 19.0 theoretical nursing and research credits, a 15.0 quarter credit basic science component, a 30.0 quarter credits didactic anesthesia component, and a 25.0 credit clinical component. Upon successful completion of the program's outcomes, the student is awarded an MSN in nurse anesthesia and is eligible to take the national certification examination offered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).

The Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the:
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
222 South Prospect Avenue, Suite 304
Park Ridge, IL 60068
847.692.7050

PMC in Nurse Anesthesia

The College of Nursing and Health Professions also offers a post-master's certificate in nurse anesthesia option. Upon successful completion of the program's outcomes, the student is awarded a certificate in nurse anesthesia and is eligible to take the national certification examination offered by the NBCRNA.

Additional Information

For more information, contact the academic advisor of the Nurse Anesthesia program:
MSN Programs Academic Advisor
1601 Cherry Street
267.359.5786

Additional information is also available on Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions webpage.

Admission Requirements

The Nurse Anesthesia program is no longer accepting applications for the MSN program. The last MSN cohort will start in September 2021. The first DNP cohort will start in the spring quarter 2022.

Degree Requirements 

MSN Core Courses
NURS 500 [WI] Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 550Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
Nurse Anesthesia Core
NURS 503Basic Principles of Nurse Anesthesia3.0
NURS 504Overview of Nurse Anesthesia3.0
NURS 505Chemistry and Physics2.0
NURS 507Nurse Anesthesia Pharmacology I3.0
NURS 510Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia I3.0
NURS 511Nurse Anesthesia Pharmacology II3.0
NURS 515Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia II3.0
NURS 518Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia III3.0
NURS 530Anesthesia Seminar1.0
NURS 659Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia IV3.0
NURS 688Clinical Correlative Seminars3.0
NURS 508Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum I1.0
NURS 512Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum II1.0
NURS 516Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum III2.0
NURS 517Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum IV3.0
NURS 683Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum V3.0
NURS 684Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum VI3.0
NURS 687Clinical Residency I6.0
NURS 689Clinical Residency II6.0
Physiological Science Courses
NURS 520Advanced Physiology3.0
NURS 521Advanced Pathophysiology I3.0
NURS 522Advanced Pathophysiology II3.0
NURS 523Advanced Pathophysiology III3.0
Total Credits89.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirement

A [WI], Writing Intensive, next to a graduate course in this catalog indicates that the graduate course is a writing intensive course. The graduate course is a required course in your curriculum.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
 WinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
 NURS 5033.0NURS 5052.0NURS 5103.0
 NURS 5043.0NURS 5073.0NURS 5113.0
 NURS 5493.0NURS 5081.0NURS 5121.0
 NURS 5504.0NURS 5203.0NURS 5213.0
  13 9 10
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
NURS 5003.0NURS 5173.0NURS 6593.0NURS 5023.0
NURS 5153.0NURS 5183.0NURS 6833.0NURS 6843.0
NURS 5162.0NURS 5233.0RSCH 5033.0RSCH 5043.0
NURS 5223.0   
 11 9 9 9
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCredits  
NURS 5301.0NURS 6883.0  
NURS 5443.0NURS 6896.0  
NURS 6876.0   
 10 9  
Total Credits 89

Nurse Anesthesia Faculty

Suzanne Ariza, MSN, CRNA (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Didactic education of nurse anesthesia students
Lew Bennett, DNP, CRNA (Chatham University) Chair, Nurse Anesthesia Department. Assistant Clinical Professor. Didactic education of nurse anesthesia students.
Ferne Cohen, EdD, CRNA (Drexel University) Associate Chair & Director of Clinical Education, Nurse Anesthesia Department. Assistant Clinical Professor. Clinical and didactic education of nurse anesthesia students.
Jessica Hessel, DNP, CRNA (Drexel University). Associate Clinical Professor. Didactic education of nurse anesthesia students
  • Schedule of Classes
  • All Course Descriptions
  • Co-op
  • Academic Advising
  • Admissions
  • Tuition & Fees
LEARN MORE