Nurse Anesthesia Concentration (NA)

The LMU MSN Nurse Anesthesia (NA) concentration prepares nurses in an advanced practice role with competencies in Nurse Anesthesia across the life span. The 28-month program requires 81 semester hours of graduate course work, including five semesters in clinical practicum, a comprehensive exam, and a completed directed scholarly project. No credit may be transferred in to the Nurse Anesthesia concentration.

The Nurse Anesthesia concentration does not offer a part-time option.

Admission to the NA Concentration

Admission Requirements for the MSN Nurse Anesthesia Concentration were developed to meet the Standards for Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. Requirements include:
  • Graduation from an accredited baccalaureate nursing program.
  • An overall academic record with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of “B” (3.0) or better.
  • All applicants must have basic understanding of statistics and basic computer skills.
  • Competitive GRE scores on Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing are required.
  • Minimum of three recommendations including one from faculty of the candidate’s baccalaureate nursing program or immediate supervisor in a critical care setting and one from another professional in a related healthcare field (examples may include: Clinical Nurse Specialist, RN, CRNA, Anesthesiologist, Surgeon, or Intensivist).
  • Two undergraduate chemistry courses, at least one of which has a laboratory component.
  • A statement of professional goals.
  • An unencumbered compact license to practice as a registered nurse in the state of Tennessee is required for enrollment; clinical practicum will require licensure in additional states including Kentucky, Georgia, and Virginia and any other states where students might obtain clinical experience.
  • A minimum of one year experience as a Registered Nurse in critical care; adult critical care experience preferred. .
  • The Nurse Anesthesia concentration is a full-time program. Students may only request full-time status. 
  • Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Life Support must be current through December of the year in which the application is submitted.
  • Medical profile including immunizations record and urine drug screen completed no more than 60 days prior to enrollment in the Nurse Anesthesia concentration.
  • A criminal background check and drug screen will be completed prior to enrollment no more than 60 days prior to enrollment in the Nurse Anesthesia concentration.
  • Proof of health insurance at all times when enrolled in the program.

Students dismissed from a nurse anesthesia or other advanced practice nurse program for academic, clinical, or behavioral reasons will not be admitted to LMU CSON Nurse Anesthesia concentration. Students who have been enrolled in another program and withdrew in good standing or are still enrolled in good standing must have a letter from the program director stating that they are or withdrew when they were in good standing. Students who are in good standing or who left a program in good standing will be considered for admission.

Application deadline is February 1, 2016.
Applications received after February 1, 2016 will be considered on a space available basis.
Interviews will be held in March.

Program Accreditation

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program has been accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The address for ACEN is: 3343 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. The Nurse Anesthesia concentration has been accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). The address for COA is:

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)
222 S. Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001.
COA Accreditation Department: 847-655-1160
Fax: 847-692-7137

Date of next review is 2024.

Applicants Rights and Responsibilities

Applicants have a right to:
  1. Expect to be treated in a respectful manner.
  2. Expect to have their application request available to them in a timely manner.
  3. Expect to have their application reviewed with the same degree of consideration as any other applicant.
  4. Expect to be notified of any information missing from their files, which would be necessary for a file to be complete.
Applicants have a responsibility to:
  1. Inform the concentration administration of any address changes.
  2. Complete their applications and submit them by the application deadline.
  3. Be truthful in answering questions on the application.
  4. Provide the concentration administration the necessary information to make decisions about their qualifications for admission into the concentration.

Clinical Placements

The Master of Science in Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia concentration current clinical sites are listed below. Clinical sites used by Nurse Anesthesia may vary from semester to semester during the tenure of the student’s curriculum plan at LMU.  Clinical rotations will include elective and/or mandatory assignments requiring travel to hospitals/affiliates in TN, KY, VA and GA.   Students are responsible for travel.  Students are also responsible for any housing needs if necessary.

The following links are to external sites maintained by the clinical sites, not by LMU.

Clinch Valley Medical Center - VA Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital-KY St. Joseph London-KY
Clinton County Hospital-KY Manchester Memorial Hospital-KY UK Healthcare Good Samaritan Hosp.-KY
Floyd Medical Center-GA Memorial Health Care System-TN University of TN Medical Center-TN
Gateway Medical Center-TN Middlesboro ARH Hospital-KY Wellmont Lonesome Pine Hospital-VA
Hamilton Medical Center-GA Park West Medical Center-TN Wellmont Mountain View Reg. Medical Center-VA
Harlan ARH Hospital-KY Park West Plastic Surgery Center-TN  
Hazard ARH Reg.  Medical Center-KY Pikeville Medical Center-KY  
Highlands Medical Center
White County-TN
Pineville Community Hospital-KY  


Graduates of the NA concentration will have met the eligibility criteria for the National Board for Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) national certification examination.

NA Curriculum Plan

NA Program Statistics

Graduate Student Catalog