Nurse Anesthesia Department: Academic Resources

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Webster's nurse anesthesia program is a 30 month program, with students maintaining full-time continuous enrollment for 13 academic terms.

Year 1
Science Review

Fall Term I (August)

Anatomy & Physiology I
Introduction to Anesthesia
Clinical Orientation

Fall Term II
Cell Biology
Anatomy & Physiology II
Basics of Anesthesia
Clinical Experience I
Fall MoANA Meeting

Spring Term I
Pharmacology I
Pathophysiology I
Anatomy & Physiology III
Principles of Anesthesia I
Clinical Experience II

Spring Term II Neuroendocrinology
Pharmacology II
Pathophysiology II
Principles of Anesthesia II
Clinical Experience III
Spring MoANA Meeting

Year 2
Biostatistics I
Pharmacology III
Introduction to Research
Clinical Experience IV
AANA Annual Meeting

Fall Term I

Microbiology I
Concepts in Anesthesia I
Research Project I
Clinical Experience V

Fall Term II

Microbiology II
Concepts in Anesthesia II
Research Project II
Clinical Experience VI
Fall MoANA Meeting

Spring Term I

Concepts in Anesthesia III
Research Project III
Clinical Experience VII

Spring Term II
Developmental Biology
Anesthesia Concepts IV
Clinical Experience VIII
Research Project IV
Spring MoANA Meeting

Year 3
Seminars in Anesthesia
Clinical Experience IX
Research Project V
AANA Annual Meeting

Fall Term I

Seminars in Anesthesia
Research Project VI
Clinical Experience X

Fall Term II
Seminars in Anesthesia
Research Project VII
Clinical Experience XI
Fall MoANA Meeting

Spring Term I
Seminars in Anesthesia
Research Project VIII
Clinical Experience XII


Note: This is a sample schedule.


Clinical Sites

Webster University is fortunate to have 10 clinical facilities and access to a state-of-the-art simulation center.  These facilities afford us the opportunity to offer our students comprehensive exposure to a variety of settings, which include cardiothoracic, pediatrics, obstetrics, as well as opportunities in rural settings.  Our clinical facilities are overseen by highly qualified nurse anesthetists and physician anesthesiologists. Clinical rotations begin in the 2nd month of the first year.

Cardinal Glennon Hospital
1465 South Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63104

Des Peres Hospital
2190 S. Mason Road
St. Louis, MO 63131

Mercy Jefferson Hospital
P.O. Box 350 
Crystal City, MO 63019

Lake Regional Hospital
54 Hospital Drive
Osage Beach, MO 65065

Missouri Baptist Hospital
3015 North Ballas Road
St. Louis, MO 63131

Phelps County Regional Hospital
1000 West Tenth Street
Rolla, MO 65401

SSM DePaul Hospital
12303 DePaul Drive
Bridgeton, MO 63044

Ste. Genevieve Hospital
802 Ste. Genevieve Drive
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

St. Clare Hospital
1015 Bowles Avenue
Fenton, MO 63026

University of Missouri Health Center
1 Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65212

Veterans Affairs Medical Center
915 North Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63106

Washington University
Simulation Center
St. Louis, MO 63130

Research Requirement

In order to fulfill the graduate thesis requirement, students must participate in a research study, developed and executed by the student. Webster University offers a variety of diverse and dynamic research opportunities, including bench, clinical and survey research.  In conjunction with our PhD biological sciences faculty, we are able to offer hands-on laboratory bench research involving anesthetic agents currently in use in the clinical setting. Due to the commitment of our clinical sites, students are able to develop and direct research studies applicable to clinical practice.  These types of opportunities are directed by anesthesia faculty at the clinical sites and provide evidence-based results with implications for the delivery of patient care.  Survey research offers insight into the academic, psychosocial and environmental impact the specialty of nurse anesthesia has on individual patients, practitioners, etc. 

The types of outcomes gleaned from this type of research can be utilized to improve our anesthesia programs and our clinical practice. We believe our research opportunities are among the most vibrant offered in any anesthesia program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthetists, and we are continuously looking for ways to expand research opportunities.

Professional Development Opportunities

The MS in Nurse Anesthesia Program is committed to providing service to the University, the community, the profession and the nation. Faculty and NA residents become members of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and the Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MOANA). The program shows support by attending AANA and MOANA meetings, attending MOANA's Lobby Day in Jefferson City and participating in an annual University service day. Our students are encouraged to serve in leadership roles within a variety of communities and organizations.

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists »

Students and faculty members attend the annual meeting of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). The five-day conference is a great opportunity to gain insight and knowledge from leaders and innovators in the field of anesthesia. This conference combines clinical educational opportunities with informational sessions regarding patient safety, wellness, legislative issues and the business of the national organization.

Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists »

As part of the educational experience at Webster, not only are students afforded the opportunity to participate in activities associated with the national organization, the AANA, they are also required to attend the fall and spring state association meetings.  As associate members of the Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists, MOANA, students are able to run for student offices within the organization and serve as the student representative on various committees.  The program feels that opportunities such as these encourage a sense of responsibility to contribute to the profession and play a vital role in the professional development of a future CRNA. 

Lobby Day

Many nurse anesthetists play an active role in influencing state and federal legislation concerning patient safety, accessibility to anesthesia services, nurse anesthesia education and reimbursement issues. Every February, MoANA sponsors a day to meet with state legislators at the capitol building in Jefferson City. This function, Lobby Day, is an opportunity for CRNAs to meet with their legislators and discuss issues vital to the profession of nurse anesthesia in the state of Missouri. Students play a key role in contacting and educating key members of the Missouri congress about proposed legislation affecting the practice of nurse anesthesia. It is a wonderful opportunity to get involved at the grassroots level and make a difference.

Other Meetings

In addition to required yearly attendance at the AANA annual meeting, there are other opportunities to participate on the national level. There are three other meetings offered by the AANA on a yearly basis. The Assembly of School faculty is a meeting held in February of every year that offers informational sessions for nurse anesthesia educators and program directors. This is an opportunity to meet other educators and share ideas. Students having an interest in pursuing a career as a nurse anesthesia educator are afforded the opportunity to attend this meeting.

Every April, the Mid Year Assembly is held in Washington DC. This meeting is very similar to the lobby day event held at the state level. CRNAs who attend this meeting are educated on the current or proposed federal legislation that has the potential to affect nurse anesthesia practice. Students with desire to influence policy decisions are encouraged to attend this meeting. The result of attendance at the Mid Year Assembly is a better understanding of the effects of the decisions made in Washington on CRNA education funding and practice.

The Fall Leadership Academy is held in November. This meeting focuses on developing strong effective leaders for the state organizations. Any student with aspirations of leadership at the state level should consider attending this event.

National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists »

The National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to promoting patient safety by enhancing provider quality in the field of nurse anesthesia. They accomplish their mission through the development and implementation of credentialing programs that support lifelong learning among nurse anesthetists.

Accreditation and Program Statistics


The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). The COA is the accrediting agency for nurse anesthesia programs in the United States, its territories, and protectorates. 

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

Program Statistics 

The Nurse Anesthesia Program retains a very low attrition rate:

The class of 2015 (2/20) had a 10% attrition rate
The class of 2014 (1/19) had a 5.3% attrition rate
The class of 2013 (1/15) had a 6.6% attrition rate
The class of 2012 (0/20) had a 0.0% attrition rate 

Historically the first time pass rate for the CRNA exam is 93%:   

The class of 2015 (18 students) had a 84% first-time pass rate and a 100% overall pass rate
The class of 2014 (17 students) had a 100% first-time pass rate and a 100% overall pass rate
The class of 2013 (14 students) had a 93% first-time pass rate and a 100% overall pass rate
The class of 2012 (20 students) had a 95% first-time pass rate and a 100% overall pass rate 

The employment rates for graduates within 6 months of graduation remains at 100%:

The class of 2015 – 100%
The class of 2014 – 100%
The class of 2013 – 100%
The class of 2012 - 100%

Performance Standards

The Webster University Nurse Anesthesia Program has an ethical responsibility for the safety of the patients with whom students and graduates will come into contact. Although students learn and work under the supervision of the faculty, students interact directly with patients throughout the anesthesia education process. Patient safety and well being are therefore major factors in establishing requirements involving the sensory, motor, cognitive, and behavioral abilities and characteristics described herein as “performance standards.” The attributes encompassed in the Performance Standards are broad categories, and are required in order to function in a competent manner in settings that may involve long work hours, heavy workloads, and stressful situations. 

The Department of Nurse Anesthesia acknowledges the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  Complete Webster University Disability services can be found here: 

Students need to have the physical and emotional endurance to adapt to a demanding graduate program. Successful progression through the nurse anesthesia program requires the following abilities:


  • Discriminate variations in human responses to disease using visual, auditory, tactile, and other sensory cues.
  • Discriminate changes in monitoring devices and alarms using visual and auditory senses.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in English through oral and written methods in order to communicate with other health care providers and patients of all ages.
  • Comprehend written and verbal communications in English. 


  • Coordinate gross and fine motor movements and the senses of touch and vision to competently and safely accomplish required responsibilities such as inserting intravascular access, administering regional anesthetic techniques, and performing airway management techniques.
  • Demonstrate sufficient physical strength to perform airway management, and move and position patients and equipment.
  • Sufficient stamina to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time.
  • Safely maneuver in the operating room and other anesthetizing locations.
  • Respond appropriately to alarms and changes in patient conditions that require physical interventions.


  • Use reason, analysis, calculations, problem solving, critical thinking, self-evaluation, and other learning skills to acquire knowledge, comprehend, and synthesize complex concepts.
  • Ability to discern and adhere to program and affiliate policies.
  • Interpret information derived from auditory, written, and other visual data to determine appropriate anesthetic management plans.
  • Apply theoretical knowledge to practice to provide safe anesthetic care.


  • Demonstrate personal and professional self-control as well as tactfulness, sensitivity, compassion, honesty, integrity, empathy, and respect.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency and situational awareness.
  • Demonstrate the ability to adapt and work effectively in stressful and rapidly changing situations.
  • Cooperate with other members of the health care team to provide a therapeutic environment and safe patient care.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees remain stable over the duration of enrollment (assuming continuous full-time enrollment is maintained) and are divided evenly throughout the program.

Tuition and fees listed reflect the class of 2017:

  • Application Fee $50
  • Tuition of $71,305 plus fees of $10,530 comes to $81,835 for the entire program.

Fees of $10,530 for the entire program include the following items:

    • Housing for out of town clinical rotations
    • Course lab & research fees
    • Basic clinical supplies
    • Simulation
    • Professional liability insurance (except for increases if uninsurable through the standard source)
    • Annual Recertification course including BLS, OSHA requirements and blood-borne pathogens certification, and HIPAA requirements
    • ACLS and PALS courses prior to graduation
    • SEE exams
    • One Certification examination (Board exam)
    • Thesis binding and copying expenses with 1 copy provided to student
    • Stipend to attend the AANA Annual Meeting (or alternate of Mid-Year at prerogative of Program) each year

Items not included within the tuition and fees structure may include, but are not limited to:

  • Health Insurance (required - may be purchased from the university)
  • Parking (optional but recommended)
  • Textbooks (required)
  • AANA Associate Membership Dues
  • Board Exam Review course(s)
  • University graduation fee

Further information about tuition assistance can be obtained from the University's Office of Financial Aid.