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Minnesota MSN Programs

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, there are 22 accredited nursing schools in Minnesota as of 2013, and there are currently 9,164 graduate nursing students at this time. There are 6,318 APRNs currently, 540 Clinical Nurse Specialists, Certified Nurse Anesthetists and 272 Nurse Midwives. These are just a few of the possible advanced nursing career choices you can look into if you want to return to school for a Master’s in nursing degree in Minnesota.

Some other master degree options that are available include Health Care Leadership, Nursing Education, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and several other types of nurse practitioners. There are accredited universities where you attend on campus and many other excellent online programs in Minnesota. The well-known Mayo School of Health Sciences in Rochester has a master of Nurse Anesthesia Program, which may be something you’d like to look into.

The School of Anesthesia's program takes 27 months to complete, and is no easy undertaking. The clinical hours are completed in seven area hospitals on a rotating basis. This program is in a cooperative agreement with the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, and 96.8 percent of the graduates pass the National Certificate Examination on their first attempt.

You must attend full-time to be admitted to this program, and the admission requirements are slightly more rigorous than those of typical MSN programs in MN. They include:

  • Completed application with fee
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in nursing or an associate or diploma in nursing plus another appropriate baccalaureate degree
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Possess an unencumbered RN license or APRN and the United States
  • Prior to the application deadline, must have completed one year of nursing experience and critical care setting within the past three years
  • Completed a chemistry course within the past five years
  • Possess American Heart Association BLS, ACLS and pediatric advanced life support (PALS)
  • Complete the interview process
  • Completed physical examination
  • One page summary indicating reasons for choosing anesthesia as a career
  • Personal resume
  • Two official transcripts from high school and nursing school, plus all colleges and universities transcripts must be forwarded directly to the school from the registrar
  • Letters of recommendation from the Director 's of your school of nursing, Immediate RN supervisor, Immediate Superior, last employment, Two professional RN colleagues

The program curriculum for the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) includes the following courses:

  • Principles of Anesthesia Practice I, II, III, IV, V, VI
  • Anesthesia and Uncommon Diseases
  • Chemistry and Physics
  • Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology I, II
  • Advanced Pharmacology I, II
  • Professional Aspects of Anesthesia I, II, III
  • Instructional Design
  • Clinical Practicum
  • Research Presentation
  • Theories of Management and Leadership
  • Statistical Techniques and Research Methods
  • Clinical Conferences and Seminars
  • Review Course

This 48 credit hour program is specifically designed to prepare you as a student nurse anesthetists that is ready to take the Certifying Examination. The National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists is the agency for Nurse Anesthetist graduates of an accredited nurse anesthetist school. The NCE application fee is $725. You must take and pass the test within two years of graduation.

Of course, there are several other types of MSN programs in Minnesota to choose from, and you can request information from any of the MN nursing schools you find on our site. Making sure to thoroughly research your options is one of the most important steps in finding the program that is best for you.

In Minnesota, May 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that MI Nurse Anesthetists earn a mean annual income of $157,690. This career is expected to continue to grow and offers job stability. Nurse anesthetists obviously make an above average salary for nurses, but malpractice insurance is an important expense that should be considered with this advanced nursing profession.

The Minnesota Nurses Association offers Research Grants and Scholarships. There are some specific scholarships for nurses seeking a graduate degree. The Minnesota Office of Higher Education, established by the Minnesota Legislature, offers a number of financial aid opportunities for resident students, which includes scholarships, grants, and they have a loan forgiveness program. Before a student begins any search for financial aid they must first complete a FAFSA application, which is a federal grant and financial aid program.

If you have been thinking about returning to nursing school for your graduate degree in Minnesota, this might be the opportune time to do so. Due to the nursing shortage and the growing baby-boomer population, the need for well-educated nurses continues to grow. By earning a higher degree, you can choose a nursing career that meets your goals, while simultaneously helping to enhance the profession of nursing as a whole.

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