Now that Missouri State University Springfield is providing full funding for this CRNA Program, it is now called "Missouri State School of Anesthesia.
Missouri State University Springfield
"Missouri State School of Anesthesia", previously known as "Saint John's School of Nurse Anesthesia"
1235 E. Cherokee
Springfield, MO 65804
Monika Feeney, DNAP, CRNA, MS, Program Director
ph: (417) 820-6893
fax: (417) 820-6895
CRNA Degree offered
Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
66 semester hours
January and August of each year
The deadlines are July 1 for the January class and November 1 for the August class. Applications are accepted year round.
Interviews are awarded after a review of all completed applications. Interviews are conducted on the St. John’s campus on a Saturday morning. A selection panel questions each candidate and makes recommendations for admission to the anesthesia program. Interview results are given in writing.
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at Missouri State University Springfield.
Please note that tuition is calculated at the 2012-2013 rate. Tuition at most schools increases each academic year. Over the duration of the program, expect to pay a tuition that is slightly higher than what is shown here.
Cost of In State Tuition: $32,000
Fees and expenses: $5,800
Grand Total: $37,800
Cost of Out of State Tuition: $29,898
Fees and expenses: $5,800
Grand Total: $35,698
In addition to the low price, there is a strong financial assistance program available, and health care benefits are provided for students and families throughout the entire program (health care is the student’s expense at most schools).
When did this CRNA Program begin?
The program was founded in 1952 as an integral part of the Department of Anesthesiology.
CRNA Program Summary
Are you concerned that Missouri State University Springfield’s Nurse
Anesthesia Program 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.
CRNA Program Description
Students receive approximately 1400 hours of clinical anesthesia experience and, by completion of their training, have administered 1000-1200 anesthetics in diverse surgical settings.
The program is comprised of an integrated clinical and didactic schedule.
A variety of clinical sites enrich the student’s clinical experience Students travel to at least 4 different clinical sites located in Missouri, Arkansas, and Idaho.
St. John's Health Center Campus serves as one of the clinical sites at Missouri State University Springfield. This state-of-the-art facility contains 29 operating suites in the main hospital and 8 operating suites at the Ambulatory Surgery Center.
The site has a very busy Labor and Delivery Department that serves as a regional referral center. There are also opportunities for the delivery of anesthesia outside the operating room in areas such as MRI, endoscopy and radiology.
St. John's Health Center employs all types of surgical specialties with the exception of pediatric open hearts and transplants.
The Missouri State School of Anesthesia offers a $2000 traineeship to Mercy co-workers to assist with financial needs.
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CRNA Program Requirements
Required Bachelor Degree
Bachelor's Degree in an area of the life sciences, nursing or chemistry from an accredited institution in the US or equivalent training in a foreign university.
Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the US, its territories or protectorates.
At least one year of experience as a registered nurse in an acute care setting. Two years of experience or more is preferred.
Recommended acute care experience includes:
A minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
GRE is required. A minimum total score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative sections and 3.5 on the writing section is preferred.
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings - U.S. News & World Report (2011)
2.3 out of 5.0. Ranked 85 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.
Missouri State University Springfield’s Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 10/2006. It was given the maximum of 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 10/2016. This shows that the program is in full compliance with the COA’s accreditation standards.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at Missouri State University Springfield
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.
“Of the 216 students admitted to the MS in Nurse Anesthesia program since 1996, 208 (96%) have graduated or are still in the program. Eight students have been released or did not complete the program due to health reasons, poor academic performance, or poor clinical performance. [Their] yearly attrition rate since 1996 is 0.4%.”
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Missouri
Missouri CRNA salaries are consistent with the national average and range from $150k-170k.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $163,467 (according to a 2008 study)
Frequently Asked Question
Each student will be assigned to a clinical research project. The candidate must complete one seminar by enrolling in BMS797 Non-thesis Project (2 hrs) and a research involvement by enrolling in BMS 798 Research (2 hrs). A formal presentation of the project is required.
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All information given on this site about Missouri State University Springfield’s Nurse Anesthetist Program was taken directly from their website.
*This page was updated February 15th, 2013.*