Mount Marty College Graduate Program
in Nurse Anesthesiology
5001 West 41st Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
Dr. Jennifer Oakes, Ph.D., APRN, CRNA, FAAN, Program Director
ph: (605) 362-0100
tf: (877) 727-8672
fax: (605) 362-5706
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36 months, full time
84 credit hours
August 15th for classes starting the following May.
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at Mount Marty College.
Please note that tuition is calculated at the 2018-2019 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 Tuition: $81,900
*Fees and expenses: $8,410
Grand Total: $90,310
*Includes application fee, student support fee, estimated cost for books and graduation fee. They do require you to have some type of health insurance but that total was not added to this figure.
Number of Applicants
Approximately 100-150 applications per year
Are you concerned that Mount Marty 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.
CRNA Program Summary
Mount Marty School of Anesthesia is divided into two phases: 14 months of classroom work (didactic), and 22 months for the clinical phase.
During the didactic phase, you will spend 2 weeks in your primary clinical site. During the clinical phase, it is 90% clinical and 10% didactic. This program exceeds in courses, hours and techniques required by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.
The didactic classes are typically held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays leaving the other days open for independent or group study and human patient simulation laboratory activity.
In regards to the clinical phase, students are assigned by a matching process to one of eleven primary affiliations. These sites are located throughout SD, NE, MN, and IA.
Most students spend four to twelve weeks at a secondary site(s) for a specialty rotation, which will require traveling, in many cases.
At Mount Marty School of Anesthesia, all types of techniques and cases are available to the student in either primary affiliation or specialty rotation.
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Some CRNA schools require much more out of their applicants than others. See how the requirements at Mount Marty School of Anesthesia compare to most CRNA school’s requirements.
CRNA Program Requirements
Required Bachelor Degree
Bachelor’s degree in nursing or another appropriate baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university (ACEN or CCNE). Applicants with non-nursing degrees must be registered nurses (RN) with experience as an RN in a critical care setting with their baccalaureate degree in a related discipline.
Current licensure as an RN
Minimum of 1 year (2 years preferred), full-time experience as a registered nurse in a critical care setting. Most accepted students have two or more years of acute care experience within the last 3 years.
This experience should provide the skills for physical assessment; monitoring of CVP, PWCP, blood gasses, ECG, and ventilators; and I.V. therapy.
Examples of acceptable critical care experience include:
- Cardiovascular ICU
- Surgical ICU
- Medical ICU
- Neuro ICU
- Pediatric ICU
- Neonatal ICU
- Coronary Care Unit
- Open-heart recovery unit also meets the requirement
You may apply to the CRNA program while you are completing the one-year required nursing experience. Your experience must be completed by the time you begin the program.
They do not accept:
- Step down or transitional care areas
- Post-coronary care
- Intermediate care units
- Progressive care units
- Recovery room/PACU
- Operating Room
- Emergency Room
Cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale.
Minimum GRE scores:
Minimum scores are 150 for verbal, 142 for quantitative and 3.5 on analytical writing portions. GRE must have been taken within the last 5 years.
Minimum score of 500 or higher (paper-based test)
Minimum score of 175 or higher (computer-based test)
Minimum score of 60 or higher (internet-based test)
- *Basic Life Support (BLS)
- *Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
- *Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
- CCRN (though not required, is seen as more competitive)
- Other specialty certifications will also boost your application
*These certifications should be valid through the end of the first academic semester and are needed prior to the beginning of the program.
- 2 courses in chemistry (6 hours covering elements of organic, inorganic and biochemistry)
- 1 course in elementary statistics or epidemiology
To Stand Out at as an Applicant to Mount Marty School of Anesthesia, have:
- Experience as a preceptor or ability to assume charge position duties on a given shift.
- Service to the community, church or nursing unit.
- A good sense of “self.”
- Commitment to the nursing profession.
- Knowledge of the role of a nurse anesthetist through a shadowing experience.
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – Schools by Rank
Ranked #44 for the 2015 graduating class.
*Please note: Read disclaimer about how CRNA rankings are created.*
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
Mount Marty School of Anesthesia was last reviewed 10/2014. It was given the maximum of 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 10/2024. This shows that the program is in full compliance with the COA’s accreditation standards.
99% of graduates have found employment within 6 months of graduation for the Class of 2017.
0% for the Class of 2017
Certification Examination Pass Rates
97% for the Class of 2017
An average nurse anesthetist salary in South Dakota
South Dakota CRNA salaries are slightly higher than the national average with an annual mean wage of $184,810.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $169,450 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 study)
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect during the interview?
Interviews are conducted at the anesthesia program campus in Sioux Falls, SD, usually in December. Each applicant spends approximately 1/2 day with the program director, program faculty members and, RNA clinical instructors.
Applicants will have the opportunity to ask questions concerning program design. Current students are also available to answer questions and offer their perspective on the program.
Can I work as an RN while I’m in the program?
Students at Mount Mary School of Anesthesia should expect to devote 60-70 hours per week to program requirements. Working is strongly discouraged. It may be possible to work 1-2 weekend shifts per month during the didactic phase, but it will be almost impossible to work during the clinical phase of the program.
All information given on this site about Mount Marty School of Anesthesia was taken directly from their website unless otherwise specified.
Salaries pulled from Bureau of Labor Statistics
*This page was updated July 29th, 2018.*
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