PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS– General Info
Personal health care must be arranged by the student.
Students must show test results for rubella, rubeola, mumps, and varicella. If the test shows that they are immune, no further action is needed. If they are not immune, they will be asked to complete an immunization cycle prior to admission at their expense.
Hepatitis B Vaccine
Prior to the enrollment date, accepted students must submit proof of completing the vaccination series or sign a waiver.
Students must show proof of adult (18+) vaccination.
Students must complete yearly flu vaccination and provide proof to the school or sign a waiver. Please understand that refusing a flu vaccine may limit your clinical rotation sites from October – March.
Students must possess an unencumbered license as a registered professional nurse and/or APRN in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
- Students pay tuition to the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia and to Metropolitan State University.
- Tuition to the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia is due and payable upon billing from the School. Billing will occur the first week in September, January, and May. Tuition payments should be made directly to the School Office. Tuition will be billed each semester. Failure to make payment or arrangements will result in suspension from School.
- Currently, tuition is $14,100 per year, or $4,700 per semester. The amount of tuition is subject to change. Metropolitan State University tuition is in addition to that paid to Minneapolis School of Anesthesia.
- The Minneapolis School of Anesthesia does not charge out-of-state tuition fees.
- Metropolitan State University tuition and fees are set by the University. Currently, tuition is $503.99 per credit. Tuition and fees are due and payable when the bill is received, and are subject to change. Students pay for 57 credits earned at the University.
- Refund of tuition paid to the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia will be according to the following schedule:
First week of semester: 100%
End of second week of semester: 75%
End of third week of semester: 50%
After the fourth week of semester: None
- Students must be prepared to purchase textbooks and equipment costing approximately $2,700 on the first day of class.
- Students are encouraged to become associate members of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) at a cost of $200.00. Membership entitles the student to the publications of the AANA. Students are encouraged to become members of the Student Organization at a cost of $30.00.
- All students must possess a Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin Nursing License and maintain them through the program. In lieu of Iowa and Wisconsin nursing licenses, a compact license from a compact state can be used instead only if the student maintains a resident address in the compact state. If you maintain a Minnesota resident address, you will need to apply to Iowa and Wisconsin separately for licensure.
- Financial aid is available to eligible students through Metropolitan State University. Information regarding application for financial aid will be provided after acceptance into the program.
The following holidays are allowed: New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
Students are granted ten personal days off during the program. All Personal Days used in excess of 10 days must be completed after the original graduation date. The entire course(s) or semester must be repeated when the student takes personal days consisting of more than 20 consecutive clinical and/or didactic days or if more than 20 clinical and/or didactic days are missed in a semester for any reason. The entire policy relating to attendance and absence will be given to the student in the Student Handbook after being accepted into the program.
Students have no school activities the the end of each semester – the end of April, August, and between Christmas and New Year’s Day each year. There is no other scheduled vacation assigned during the 27-month program. Students will use their personal days for time off during the program.
The student is expected to begin maternity leave under the direction of her obstetrician and to complete the program as soon as her obstetrician advises that she may begin work following delivery according to the leave of absence policy.
Students provide their own room and board.
Students must provide their own transportation. Although bus service is available, it is preferable for the students to have their own transportation. Free parking is available at the School, not at the hospitals. It is about twenty-five miles from the furthest clinical site to the school.
The regional anesthesia special experience requires that students travel to a hospital that is approximately 1-4 hours from the Cities. The experience consists of two 3-week rotations. A room is provided for the student during the regional anesthesia experience.
Registered nurse anesthesia students shall not be employed as nurse anesthetists by title or function. Although a limited amount of part-time work in nursing is permitted, this practice is discouraged.
The students’ committed time includes class time, class preparation, clinical time, which includes call, and clinical preparation. During an average week, students should expect between 60-70 hours of time committed to the program.
As the curriculum is composed of sequential and integrated courses designed to facilitate achievement of the program’s terminal objectives, transfer into the program is handled on an individual basis, and credit for previous anesthesia training is not guaranteed.
Length of Program – Starting Date
The length of the anesthesia program is twenty-seven months. The program begins the end of August each year.
Class Admission Calendar
Applications will be accepted for the upcoming class through October 31st of each year. Interviews are conducted in December and January; and the upcoming class is selected in mid-February.
A student may be placed on probation at any time during the Program. The student will be notified in writing. Criteria and procedure for dismissal and probation and students’ rights to appeal decisions are published in the Student Handbook that is provided to each student.
The School reserves the right to dismiss any student who does not meet the academic, clinical, or attendance requirements, according to existing policy.
Students will be graduated after the following criteria are met:
- Complete all course work satisfactorily.
- Maintain a 3.000 grade point average.
- Complete all requirements of the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.
- Attainment of the stated Terminal Objectives of the Program.
- Completion of a satisfactory attendance record.
- Completion of a comprehensive examination.
A student must have all degree requirements completed prior to graduation. An application for graduation and payment of a graduation fee are additional requirements of Metropolitan State University.
Deferral of Graduation
Graduation may be deferred if the student has not met graduation criteria.
Graduates of the Program receive a diploma. They are recommended to the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) to write the Certification Examination. The NBCRNA determines an individual’s eligibility to write the examination. The NBCRNA on Certification grants initial certification to those who pass the Examination. This entitles the person to use the title “Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist” (CRNA).