The Minneapolis School of Anesthesia offers a twenty-seven month program in nurse anesthesia. It is operated by seven members: Hennepin County Medical Center, University of Minnesota Medical Center, North Memorial Medical Center, Fairview Southdale Hospital, Methodist Hospital in Minneapolis; and United Hospitals and HealthEast in St. Paul. HealthEast hospitals, used by the School, include Woodwinds, St. John’s, and St. Joesph’s. 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 and in a rural hospital.
Graduates earn their Master of Science degree in Nurse Anesthesia. The Master of Science Program is a cooperative program between the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Graduates are prepared to practice in a wide variety of settings and to utilize diverse methods of administering a safe anesthetic.
The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia educational program on January 1, 2022 or thereafter be enrolled in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree. The Minneapolis School of Anesthesia plans to submit its application to the COA for approval to award the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in August, 2018. Pending approval by the COA, the program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in May, 2020. Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting the school by mail: 6715 Minnetonka Blvd, St. Louis Park, MN 55426, by phone/fax: 952-925-5222/952-925-6004, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Minneapolis School of Anesthesia (MSA) is pursuing a new academic affiliation. This affiliation will require approval by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). Pending approval by the COA, MSA will be affiliated with Metropolitan State University as the degree granting institution for the nurse anesthesia cohort starting in 2019 as well as all cohorts matriculating after 2019. The cohort starting Fall 2018 will remain with our current Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota affiliation.
Metropolitan State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Metropolitan State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
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