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The program is completed in 3-years of full-time study. Nurse Anesthesia DNP graduates are prepared to practice in a wide variety of settings and to utilize diverse methods of administering safe anesthetics. Clinical experiences are offered through a variety of Twin Cities hospitals, including Hennepin County Medical Center, M Health Fairview, United Hospital, Abbott Northwestern, Methodist Hospital and North Memorial Medical Center. Specialized clinical experiences are offered in pediatrics at St. Paul Children’s and Masonic Children’s Hospital. Rural and regional anesthesia experiences are provided through a variety of facilities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.

Total program cost involves current Metro State tuition and fees plus additional Minneapolis School of Anesthesia course fees.

  1. Metro State per credit tuition can be found on the Metro State website.

  2. Current MSA course fees are $15,900 per year.

All tuition and fees are subject to change and total tuition does not take into account other expenses.

Graduates of the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia earn their Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree with a concentration in Nurse Anesthesia. This is a 9-semester, 78-credit program that is offered in partnership with Metro State University.

General Information

The Minneapolis School of Anesthesia (MSA) has been approved by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) to affiliate with Metro State as the degree-granting institution for the DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program effective spring 2021. The next on-site reaccreditation visit is in 2024.

Graduates 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 grants initial certification to those who pass the Examination. This entitles the person to use the title “Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist” (CRNA).

The Nurse Anesthesia DNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.


COA Accreditation

CCNE Accreditation

APRN approved

The Nurse Anesthesia degree is approved as an APRN preparation program by the:

Minnesota Board of Nursing
1210 Northland Drive #120
Mendota Heights, MN 55120

Phone: 612.317.3000
Fax: 612.688.1841
Toll Free: 888.234.2690 FREE (MN, IA, ND, SD, WI) TTY: 800.627.3529

Accreditation agencies

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
10275 W. Higgins Road, Suite 906
Rosemont, IL 60018-5603
Phone: 224.275.9126

Required (registration) disclosure statement

The Minneapolis School of Anesthesia is registered with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Dr. Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108

Minneapolis School of Anesthesia

700 East 7th Street

St. Paul, MN 55106


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