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, Ph.D., Program Director
ph: (507) 284-8331
fax: (507) 284-2818
42 months, full time
116 academic credits. 86 didactic and 30 clinical.
August 1st. The electronic application opens on or around June 1st.
Cost of Tuition: $60,552
Fees and expenses: $2,045
Grand Total: $62,597
Mayo Clinic does offer financial aid and options for stipends. Talk with the 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 emergency
- 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 biological 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 prerequisites basic- or advanced-science semester credits.
- Chemistry (organic preferred but not required)
Knowledge of the profession (nurse anesthesia shadowing experience recommended)
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – Schools by Rank
Ranked 21 for the MSN 2015 graduating class.
*Please note: Read 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% (2017)
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 with an annual mean wage of $180,430.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $169,450 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 study)
Frequently Asked Questions
Total Program Time Commitment
Plan on spending an average of 60 hours a week dedicated to the program.
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.
Salaries pulled from Bureau of Labor Statistics
*This page was updated February 1st, 2019*
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