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2010-2011 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog 
2010-2011 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Science in Nursing with a Major in Nursing Anesthesia

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About the Program

This seven-semester program integrates didactic and clinical instruction.The first three semesters of didactic instruction include experience in the human patient simulation lab. Students become familiar with anesthesia techniques and procedures in the lab prior to entering clinical instruction. Students administer sedation, regional and general anesthesia to pediatric and adult patients for a wide variety of surgical specialties including general surgery, orthopedics, otolaryngology, obstetrics, thoracic, vascular, cardiac and neurology. Students administer on average more than 800 anesthetics over at least 2,000 clinical hours. Graduates are eligible for the National Certification Examination required to practice as a nurse anesthetist.

Goals of the program are to prepare graduates to:

  • Plan, implement and evaluate anesthesia care for patients having diagnostic, therapeutic or surgical procedures
  • Collaborate with other health professionals in planning, implementing and evaluating anesthesia care
  • Analyze research critically and incorporate relevant findings into clinical practice
  • Work within the state to function as a leader among the healthcare team to ensure safe, high-quality, economical care
  • Instruct patients and healthcare personnel on topics related to anesthesia, respiratory care, fluid therapy and physiological monitoring

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Career Opportunities

 Most CRNAs are employed by hospitals, and work in a surgical environment, such as an operating room. CRNAs also may work in outpatient surgery centers and medical offices. Graduates are trained to practice as independent agents or with an independent group that provides services to hospitals and clinics.

Salary Information

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, or CRNAs, are some of the most advanced and highest paid of all nurses.  The middle 50% of CRNA salaries range from $136,600 to $156,814.


 The Master of Science in Nursing programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

The Nursing Anesthesia is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (

Admission Requirements

 Completed Online Application for Graduate Programs (please visit the Office of Admissions website for fee information:

Application Deadline:  November -
FALL entry

Nursing Anesthesia does not defer admission or accept late applications.

GPA: Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Minimum Degree Requirement and Official Transcripts: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and/or Master’s Degree in Nursing from an accredited program.

Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended including transcripts for any courses currently in progress. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course
-by-course transcript evaluation based on official transcripts and documents be accepted in lieu of an official transcript.

Official transcripts should be sent to GHSU’s Office of Academic Admissions as part of your “Admissions Packet.” To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar’s Office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, transcripts can be mailed to GHSU’s Office of Academic Admissions directly from the Registrar’s Office of the issuing institution.

Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts: An official, professional course
-by-course evaluation based on official transcripts and documents is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Official evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents, or copies will not satisfy this requirement.

References: Recommendations from three individuals are required. Referees should be individuals (usually college professors) qualified to critically assess the applicants prior academic, employment, artistic, research and/or clinical experience and qualifications (as applicable) as well as the applicants potential as a graduate student in the field/program selected.

Graduate reference forms and letters can be submitted online only. Applicants list names and provide information for three individuals as references during the online application process. Once the application is submitted, each referee will receive an email directing them to complete the online reference form. The completed reference form will then be forwarded to the Office of Academic Admissions via the online application system, CollegeNet. An applicant wishing to change a reference letter after the application has been submitted must log into his/her CollegeNet account and change the name and contact information for the reference.

GRE Requirement: Minimum combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 900. Official GRE scores are required (only the General GRE test is required).
All official GRE scores must be submitted to GHSU’s OAA directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS) and must be less than five years old. The institution code for submission of GRE scores to GHSU is 5406. Please do not select a department code.

TOEFL Exam Scores: Minimum score of 550 paper
-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based. Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English. The institution code for submission of TOEFL scores to GHSU is 5406. Please do not select a department code. Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for graduate students who submit proof of earning a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university where English is the language of instruction.

Program Specific Requirements 

Pre-requisite course work:
Undergraduate or graduate chemistry course with a minimum grade of B within the last 5 years.

Personal Interview:
Interviews by invitation only. Applicants will be selected for an interview based on an initial review of submitted application materials. Selected applicants will be notified directly by the program.

Resume or CV

Experience: Minimum of one year full
-time critical care RN experience within the past 3 years.

Licensure: Proof of unrestricted RN license from state where applicant is practicing at the time of application. Proof of current Georgia unrestricted RN license is required prior to enrollment.

Admission Recommendations

GPA: Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

GRE: Minimum combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 1100.

Experience: At least 2.5-3 years of critical care experience earned in an ICU (does not include PACU, OR, ER or telemetry step down units).

How to Apply

 Apply online at by November 1 for Fall Semester. Early application is encouraged.

For more information on this program, visit

Office of Academic Admissions
170 Kelly Building–Administration
Georgia Health Sciences University
Augusta, Georgia 30912
Telephone: 706-721-2725
Toll free: 800-519-3388
Fax: 706-721-7279

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Estimated Tuition and Fees

For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Tuition and Fees  section of this catalog.

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