Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing

RNA Curriculum for MSN


The Nurse Anesthesia Program is dedicated to the graduate education of nurse anesthetists in the uniformed services. The uniformed services require that graduates independently provide quality anesthesia care in diverse settings throughout the world. The rigorous curriculum is designed to integrate scientific principles with anesthesia theory and practice, stressing unique aspects of the federal health care system. An emphasis is placed on statistics and research methodology enabling the student to critically analyze anesthesia literature and evaluate potential problems in anesthesia. The primary goal of the program is to produce safe, competent, adaptable anesthetists who can meet the challenges of today's federal health care needs.


The Nurse Anesthetist Program is a 30-month MSN front-loaded, regionalized course of study that consists of two phases. Please note that all students matriculating in May 2013 and after will enter the DNP program. The Phase I didactic component, conducted on the campus of USU, provides the student with the academic and professional education necessary for entrance into the clinical arena. All content areas identified in the Standards and Guidelines for Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs are introduced during Phase I. The 18-month MSN Phase II clinical component focuses on the application of science and research to clinical anesthesia. Students are assigned to a federal medical treatment facility as their principal clinical training site. Individual clinical training sites(enrichment and required) may be eliminated or added as needed to assure quality clinical education. The clinical phase is designed to guide graduate students toward the goal of functional autonomy by demanding that students care for patients in a manner reflecting comprehensive integration of scientific principle and anesthesia theory, as well as maximal independent decision-making appropriate to each student's level of experience.

Curriculum for the Class of 2013
Curriculum for the Class of 2014
Course Catalog


The Uniformed Services University Nurse Anesthesia Program is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) for a 30-month masters (MSN) program and a 36-month Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. The nurse anesthesia program received a 10 year accreditation in October 2013.

The address for the COA is 222 Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL, 60068. The COA phone number is (847) 655-1160, and their e-mail address is accreditation@coa.us.com. Link to webpage: http://home.coa.us.com

The employment rate for USUHS RNA program graduates is 100 percent. The National Certification Exam board pass rate for first-time test takers for the class of 2014 is 94 percent with 18 students taking the exam. The first-time pass rate for the classes of 2013, 2012 and 2011 are 96%, 100% and 100% respectively. The attrition rate for the class of 2014 was 9.5% percent.