Small class sizes and sophisticated resources. Low attrition and high certification exam pass rates. Affiliated with Washington University Department of Anesthesiology, our Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia prepares nurses for a respected profession that offers a high level of autonomy. Our program will prepare you to become an advanced practice nurse delivering the full scope of anesthesia science in critical care settings.
A minimum of one year of critical care experience is required to apply to this program. We do this to ensure students have a baseline of knowledge and experience that will aid them as they progress through our program.
• Program length: 28 months, full-time
• Admissions deadline: September 15
• Term start: Fall
What Makes Us Different
Our Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program has many benefits to students, but here are a few of them:
Intimate Learning Environment
Small classes and one-on-one interaction with faculty provide an ideal learning environment. Our curriculum, taught by faculty who are practicing CRNAs in the Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine, includes core courses of research, health policy and ethics, as well as an anatomy course with a semester-long dissection of a cadaver.
World-Class Clinical Simulation Institute
You’ll put your classroom knowledge into action with clinical scenarios and skills labs through our Clinical Simulation Institute. Simulation is routinely used throughout our program to teach, train and ultimately empower our students with the full range of anesthetic procedures and equipment.
Clinical Training at Top Institutions
You’ll have an opportunity to fulfill your clinical training through affiliations with the region’s top institutions at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St Louis Children’s Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Children; all located on the Washington University Medical Center campus.
Exceptional Program Outcomes
Historically, our employment rate following graduation is 100%, our Certification Exam Pass Rate is 96.9%, and our attrition rates remain low. These are all outcomes we are incredibly proud of and we strive to improve upon them every day.
Our graduates are prepared to enter a high demand profession. Nurse anesthetists have a variety of employment options following certification such as hospital operating rooms, surgery centers, clinics, and even small hospitals run entirely by CRNAs. Regardless of the setting you decide is right for you, our program is aimed at making the transition into one of these settings as seamless as possible.
The Nurse Anesthesia Concentration at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).
Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Graduates of the Nurse Anesthesia Concentration will be prepared to take the National Certification Examination given by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) to become certified in the field.
Interested in learning more about our Nurse Anesthesia Concentration program? Read about our admissions requirements or take a tour.
- Bernadette Henrichs, PhD, CRNA, CCRN, Program Director and Professor
- Brian Torres, MSN, CRNA, Assistant Program Director and Faculty
- Sarah Perez, MSN, CRNA, Faculty and Clinical Coordinator
- Robert P. Walsh, PhD, MBA, MS, CRNA, Faculty
Goldfarb's MSN Nurse Anesthesia Program Transition to DNP
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. Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College’s nurse anesthesia program submitted its application to the COA for approval to award the Doctor of Nursing Practice with a specialization in Nurse Anesthesia Degree in March, 2018. Pending approval by the COA, the nurse anesthesia program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in January, 2020. This will be a BSN entry pathway.
The application deadline for this year will remain at September 15, 2018 with interviews occurring in October, 2018. The cohort that is accepted this year will start the last MSN Nurse Anesthesia Program in August, 2019.
The application deadline for the first DNP cohort will be in 2019 and will be announced on the website at a later date. The cohort for the first DNP program will then start in January, 2020.
Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting the program: Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, Patricia Hankey, Academic Coordinator, 314.454.8473 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College is also in the process of starting a Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree in Fall, 2018. Further information regarding the Post-Master’s DNP can be obtained by contacting email@example.com or call 1.800.832.9009 or 314.454.7055.