Mayo Clinic Minnesota’s nurse anesthetist program is the oldest continuously operating school of nurse anesthesia.
Mayo Clinic Minnesota CRNA School
Mayo Clinic Rochester
Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Program
Mayo School of Health Sciences
Siebens Building, Room 10-12
200 First St. SW
Rochester, MN 55905
Mary E. Marienau, RN, CRNA, PhD, Program Director
ph: (507) 284-8331
fax: (507) 284-2818
CRNA Degree offered
Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice, Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Postgraduate Degree Program
42 months, full time
116 academic credits. 86 didactic and 30 clinical.
September 1st. The electronic application opens on or around July 15th.
Cost of Tuition: $58,910
Fees and expenses: $2,585
Grand Total: $61,495
Mayo Clinic does offer financial aid and options for stipends. Talk with director about options that can work for you.
Up to 26 students
Number of Applicants
Over 100 applicants each year. They interview approximately 60.
When you successfully complete the traditional Mayo School of Health Sciences Master of Nurse Anesthesia Program at Mayo Clinic Minnesota, 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 accurately 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.
Mayo Clinic’s Department of Anesthesiology uses state-of-the-art equipment and techniques. Approximately 80,000 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
- Thoracic surgery
- Transplant surgery
- Ambulatory surgery
Off-Site Rotations: Traditional 30-month 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.
The eight-week off-campus rotation takes place during the last 12 months of the program. Mayo Clinic subsidizes the authorized associated travel and housing costs.
CRNA Program Requirements
Required Bachelor Degree
BSN or Bachelor of Science or Arts in an appropriate science related field from an accredited institution.
Have a current valid Minnesota RN license upon enrollment.
At least one year of acceptable clinical experience, as an RN, in an intensive care setting by your enrollment date. Two or more years of ICU experience is highly preferred.
Acceptable critical care experience includes:
- ICU ONLY
They do not accept:
- Post Anesthesia Care Unit
- Emergency Room
Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required. Additional weight is given to select science courses and graduate science courses.
Required (Mayo’s GRE Code: 5784).
Applicants with academic transcripts from outside of the United States must have their educational transcripts translated (if not already in English) and evaluated for U.S. equivalency by an accredited credential evaluation service company prior to submission. The applicant pays for the translation and evaluation services.
Please contact the program director before proceeding with the application process.
May be required to take the TOEFL.
CRNA Educational Requirements – no fewer than 30 prerequisite basic- or advanced-science semester credits.
- Chemistry (organic preferred but not required)
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – U.S. News & World Report (2011)
3.1 out of 5.0. Ranked 22 out of 107 CRNA programs.
*Please note: CRNA rankings are bias and subjective. Read disclaimer about how CRNA rankings are created.*
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
Mayo Clinic Minnesota Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 10/2013. It was given the maximum of 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 10/2023. This shows that the program is very stable.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at Mayo Clinic (MNA program)
- First-time test takers: 84% (2016)
Attrition Rate (MNA program)
CRNA Employment Rate of program graduates (MNA program)
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Minnesota
Minnesota CRNA salaries are slightly higher than the national average and range from $160k-180k.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $163,467 (according to a 2008 study)
- Rural average: $174,214
- Metropolitan average: $164,148
- Suburban average: $156,630
- Average starting CRNA salaries range from: $110,000-$130,000.
Frequently Asked Questions
Total Program Time Commitment
Plan on spending an average of 60 hours a week dedicated to the program.
Personal Time Off (PTO)
15 vacation days occur during the first 6 months of the program. Reoccurring absences during the first six months may necessitate withdrawal from the program. Total of 36 days PTO are accrued during last 24 months of the program.
During the final 24 months 6 days of PTO per year are used for observed holidays, the remaining 12 days per year can be used for sick or personal leave. PTO during the last 24 months is accrued at the rate of 1.5 days per month. Time must be accrued prior to use. Personal leave must be scheduled with the Nurse Anesthesia program. Additional sick or personal leave may result in program extension.
Mayo Clinic Minnesota observes the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day.
Can I work as an RN while I’m in the program?
Although outside employment is discouraged, you may seek non-anesthesia employment on a supplemental basis as long as:
- it does not interfere with the anesthesia program
- your academic and clinical performance is satisfactory
- employment does not occur during the eight hours preceding class or clinical assignment
Due to the variable clinical hours employment during the week is very difficult to schedule.
Starting with 1st Spring/Summer clinical rotations, approximately twice every three months, students will be assigned to a block of call. Students receive compensatory time off for weekend and holiday call.
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*This page was updated August 31st, 2016.*
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