Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia

The UND Nurse Anesthesia program has transitioned to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program; therefore, the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia has been suspended and no new applications are being accepted at this time.


Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog. Admission requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing include:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program. (Foreign schools will be evaluated on an individual basis.)

  2. A minimum GPA of 3.00 is based on all years of study at the undergraduate level and includes a GPA of 3.00 in undergraduate science coursework.

  3. An undergraduate or graduate course in statistics.

  4. Current R.N. licensure (Photocopy must be attached to application.).

  5. One year of experience as a registered nurse (preferred).

  6. Additional requirements for Nurse Anesthesia are an upper division course in biochemistry (orequivalent), an undergraduate college algebra course (equivalent or higher), one year of critical care nursing experience (two years are preferred), and a successful interview.

  7. Meet current health and immunization requirements of the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines.

  8. Submit to and satisfactorily complete a background check prior to admission.

  9. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  10. Applications must be received by September 1 of the calendar year.


Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Science in Nursing degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies' as well as particular requirements set forth by the College of Nursing.

There is no residency requirement.

  1. A minimum of 30 semester credits in a major field, including the credits granted for the thesis and the research leading to the thesis.
  2. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  3. A maximum of one-fourth of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  4. Completion of the for the M.S. thesis option or completion of for the M.S. non-thesis option.
  5. Clinical site visits by nursing professors are required by various certifying and accrediting bodies to appropriately supervise the learning experience of students. A clinical site visit course fee is required to offset the expenses to travel, arrange, and supervise clinical experiences across the state and beyond. Prospective students will be made aware of the Clinical Site Visit Course Fee structure through posting of the fees structure on the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines website and in the College’s Graduate Handbook.
  6. Required Courses:
NURS 500Theories/Concepts Nursing3
NURS 502Evidence for Practice3
NURS 504Advanced Pharmacology I3
NURS 506Advanced Pharmacology II3
NURS 507Anesthesia Seminar and Clinical Practicum4
NURS 508Nurse Anesthesia Review Course1
NURS 510Adv Physiology/Pathophysiology I3
NURS 511Adv Physiology/Pathophys II3
NURS 517Anesthesia Seminar and Clinical Practicum II5
NURS 520Prof Role Dvlpmnt/Nurse Ansthsia3
NURS 521Foundations of Anesthesia Practice3
NURS 527Anesthesia Seminar and Clinical Practicum III5
NURS 585Advanced Health Assessment3
NURS 597Advanced Clinical Practicum29
ANAT 591Special Topics in Anatomy and Cell Biology1
BIMD 510Basic Biomedical Statistics2
NURS 997Independent Study2-4
Total Credits76

Students complete 29 credits of NURS 597 Advanced Clinical Practicum to comply with accreditation standards for supervised practice hours in anesthesia nursing. Total credits: 78-80.