Nurse Anesthesia

A certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) is an advanced practice nurse with a masters or doctoral degree, and board certification in the specialty of nurse anesthesia. CRNAs provide safe, high-quality, perioperative anesthesia care, significantly improve access to care, and are critical to the delivery of cost-effective care in the United States.

Nurse anesthesia students enter our program with a distinguished record of undergraduate scholarship, and on average, three years of critical care nursing experience. These qualities are requisite to the successful completion of the rigorous nurse anesthesia didactic and clinical curriculum.  The first 12 months entail classroom and laboratory study, combined with human patient simulation and preoperative evaluation experiences. A 15-month clinical practicum follows, where students learn to provide anesthesia care for patients of all acuity levels across the lifespan who are undergoing surgical procedures of varying complexity. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the national board certification board exam for nurse anesthetists.

This full-time, 27-month program will develop a reflective practitioner who possesses competitive entry-level knowledge, skills and abilities in nurse anesthesia practice. Our students are educated to assume responsibility and accountability for full scope of practice, and to embrace the philosophy of interdependent, interprofessional practice as the means to realize optimal patient outcomes.

Department News

Attention applicants for the Class of 2017:

  • The application process is entirely online using NursingCAS. Click on the link to access the application.

  • The application period is March 15, 2014 - June 15, 2014.

  • Applicants being offered interviews will be notified July 15, 2014.

  • Interview dates are scheduled for August 12; August 13 and August 16

  • Interview candidates will be notified of the admissions decision on August 18

  • Matriculation is June 1, 2015.


  • The Nurse Anesthesia program is pleased to announce its intention to offer an entry-leveland a completion-levelDoctorate in Nurse Anesthesia Practice degree pending approval by the Illinois Board of Higher Education and Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs. We anticipate being able to offer current applicants the option to complete a doctoral degree once the requirements of the Master's in Nurse Anesthesia degree are met.


  • 100% of RFUMS Nurse Anesthesia graduates passed the NBCRNA exam and became practicing CRNAs.


  • Check out the YouTube video on ultrasound guided nerve blocks that was produced by four of our students from the Class of 2012. Please view it, learn from it, and pass it on to others! Congratulations to our (now) alumni for this great work! View this educational video below:

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