Minneapolis School of Anesthesia
6715 Minnetonka Boulevard
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Lisa Maw, CRNA, DNP, Program Director
ph: (952) 925-5222
fax: (952) 925-6004
CRNA Degree offered
Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
27 months, full time
48 semester credits
September (usually September 1st)
October 31st. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the school to make sure the application file is complete. Interviews are conducted in December and January; and the upcoming class is selected in mid-February.
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at Minneapolis School of Anesthesia.
Tuition at most schools increases each academic year. Over the duration of the program, expect to pay a tuition that is 5% to 15% higher than what is shown here.
Cost of Tuition: $43,650
*Fees and expenses: $2,900
Grand Total: $46,550
*This includes the cost of books and supplies, application fees and miscellaneous school expenses.
Small class size
The Master of Science Program is a cooperative program between the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
CRNA Program Summary
Are you concerned that the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia won’t give you the specific experiences or training you need to be a successful CRNA? Learn what standards CRNA Programs must meet in order to be accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia (COA).
This CRNA program (as well as all others that are accredited by the COA) prepares you to take the CCNA certification exam at the conclusion of the program, allowing you to become a CRNA.
The program integrates clinical and academic experiences throughout the curriculum.
Clinical experience is provided in the member hospitals on a rotating basis. Each student will rotate to five of the nine facilities during the program. Students also receive experience in a pediatric facility, a same day surgery facility and in a rural hospital.
Graduates are prepared to practice in a wide variety of settings and to utilize diverse methods of administering a safe anesthetic.
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CRNA Program Requirements
Must be a high school graduate or possess a GED. You also need a bachelor’s degree in nursing OR an associate degree in nursing plus another appropriate baccalaureate degree (bachelor’s degree must be from a regionally accredited College or University and must be complete before the enrollment date in August).
Possess Minnesota Registered Nurse License. (Any state for application.) Before enrollment you must obtain a Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin license.
Complete one year of nursing experience in a critical patient care setting within the last three years.
They do NOT accept:
- Operating Room
- Emergency Room
- Post Anesthesia Recovery
- Ground/flight transport
Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater.
The GRE is not required
Certifications are not required for application. Required prior to entrance into the program:
- BLS (Basic Life Support)
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
CRNA Educational Requirements
- College Chemistry within the past five years
CRNA School Rankings – U.S. News & World Report (2011)
2.9 out of 5.0. Ranked 32 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.
Minneapolis School of Anesthesia Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 05/2015. It was given the maximum of 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 05/2025. This shows that the program is very stable.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at Minneapolis School of Anesthesia
Please note: It is extremely rare for a student at any CRNA school to not eventually pass the exam. Most students who don’t pass the first time pass the second. Very rarely does a person ever take it a third time. This statistic only measures how well the program prepares students to pass the test the first time around.
- First-time test takers: 90.3% (2015)
- National average (2008): 89.9%
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.
You’ll have thirty personal days off during the program.
You’ll have no school between Christmas and New Year’s Day each year. Holidays include: New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
Parking and Clinical Travel
As with any CRNA program, you’ll need your own transportation. You’ll have free parking at the school, but not at the hospitals. Your furthest clinical site is only 25 miles away from Minneapolis School of Anesthesia.
The only exception to this is during your regional anesthesia experience. This will consist of two 3-week rotations to a hospital that is anywhere from 1-4 hours away. A room will be provided for your stay during this time.
Can I work as an RN during the program?
Limited part-time work in nursing is allowed but discouraged.
You should expect to spend between 60-70 hours of time committed to class, preparation, clinical, and call.
All information given on this site about Minneapolis School of Anesthesia was taken directly from their website.
*This page was updated May 24th, 2016.*
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