SOURCE: National University

March 29, 2012 18:45 ET

National University to Launch Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia Degree Program in Fresno

FRESNO, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 29, 2012) - National University, the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California and the 12th-largest in the nation, is launching a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) degree program at its Fresno campus located at 20 E River Park Place West, Fresno, CA 93720. Classes for the MSNA program begin in April.

The MSNA program will accommodate critical care nurses who are interested in becoming Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA). Heightened interest in this area stems from the growing need throughout the nation to improve access to care and safe anesthesia delivery. The program will facilitate the demand for CRNAs, many of whom currently act as the sole anesthesia providers in two-thirds of all rural hospitals and who are the main providers of anesthesia to expectant mothers.

"We are looking for candidates who are motivated to advance their careers as CRNAs," said Dr. Bryan Tune, CRNA, DNP, MSNA Program Director at National University. "We have made every effort to ensure that our program effectively educates students in the current science, practice, and technology utilized in anesthesia care delivery that is essential for success in this highly-respected area."

The program's curriculum was designed with a strong evidence-based practice underpinning and is taught in a two-phase model. The first phase is a one year, in-classroom didactic instruction that integrates high fidelity simulation, followed by a 15-month clinical practicum, which serves as phase two.

Graduate students will be exposed to all specialties and techniques of clinical anesthesia, including but not limited to:

  • Regional anesthesia
  • General anesthesia
  • Monitored anesthesia care
  • Local infiltration techniques
  • Pain management

The program competitively offers students the use of National University's state-of-the-art Anesthesia Simulation Center, which is equipped with both an adult and pediatric high fidelity patient simulator, low fidelity airway management simulators, regional and neuraxial anesthesia simulators, advanced airway technology, and all other equipment encountered in the perioperative setting. The program is also affiliated with multiple dynamic clinical sites in which students will gain comprehensive clinical experiences.

The application cycle for National University's MSNA program runs from March 1 to June 30. For more information on entry requirements and how to apply, please visit or email


Founded in 1971, National University is the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California and the 12th-largest in the United States. With 22,000 full-time students and 129,000 alumni, National University is the flagship institution of the National University System. National University is dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging, and relevant to a diverse population of students. Four schools and one college -- the College of Letters and Sciences; the School of Business and Management; the School of Education; the School of Engineering, Technology and Media; and the School of Health and Human Services -- offer 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees and 22 teacher credentials at more than 45 locations throughout California and across the nation. A leader in online education, National University offers more than 70 degree programs via the Internet. National University is headquartered in La Jolla, California. To learn more, visit

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