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Nurse Anesthesia Concentration

 Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College has selected its last Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Anesthesia cohort. Goldfarb’s newly developed Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Anesthesia cohort will begin in January 2020. Applications for the next DNP Nurse Anesthesia program are now being accepted. Learn more about the new DNP program by visiting the program webpage.

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 Highlights

  • Program length: 28 months, full-time (MSN); 36 months, full-time (DNP)

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 Medicineincludes 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 exceptional, and our attrition rates remain low. These are all outcomes we are incredibly proud of and we strive to improve upon them every day.


Career Prospects

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). (To find a list of COA accredited programs, visit the COA programs webpage.)

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College is accredited by 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.




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Goldfarb's MSN Nurse Anesthesia Program Transition to DNP

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College’s nurse anesthesia program has received approval from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. The nurse anesthesia program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in January, 2020.

The application deadline for the next DNP cohort is March 1, 2020 with interviews held on April 23 - 24, 2020. Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting Rebecca Boettcher, doctoral programs officer, at

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