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Nurse Anesthesia Program: Why Penn?

Penn's Nurse Anesthesia program uniquely provides a primary clinical site for the full course of study, which allows our faculty to develop strong mentoring relationships with students. Additionally, our program offers students the option to train at other clinical sites to enrich their learning experience. Our program is associated with some of the nation's top hospitals.

Full-time, 24-month MSN program

Our nurse anesthetist program is a full-time, 24-month master's (MSN) program with optional admission into the MSN/PhD program. The program completely integrates learning from the classroom, the simulation lab, and the clinical setting. Our mission is to further the science of nurse anesthesia practice by educating students to become great practitioners, scholars, educators, researchers, or policy makers.

Certification Options

Penn Nursing's program is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Graduates are eligible to take the national CRNA certification exam administered by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists, to be certified in Pennsylvania, and to be certified in every state as a CRNA.

Simulated Operating Rooms

Penn Nursing's state-of-the-art simulation center afford students the opportunity to learn and practice various skills including the placement of regional anesthetics, the use of various fiber optic intubating equipment, insertion of central venous catheters using Site Rite ultrasound guidance, insertion of pulmonary artery catheters, insertion of chest tubes, opportunity to perform needle cricothyroidotomy, and placement of double lumen endotracheal tubes. Our two recently renovated operating rooms allow students to demonstrate newly acquired skills and integrate didactic principles into simulated anesthetics, ranging from common complications to rare occurrences.

State-of-the-Art Technology

We use technology for a purpose, not just to add bells and whistles. The simulation center provides students with the opportunity to learn and practice newly acquired skills, to integrate these skills into clinical scenarios, and to develop the ability to handle rarely seen anesthetic clinical situations, such as malignant hyperthermia and operating room fires. Learn more about how we use technology.

Renowned Faculty

As practicing professionals, our faculty bring the real world into the classroom, sharing a broad range of talents and experiences. In addition to practicing Anesthetists, we have the leading researchers in their areas of expertise teaching our students the cutting edge of science. Learn more about our program's faculty.

Robust Clinical Experience

While classrooms and simulations are essential for learning, the operating room is where it all comes together. Committed to evidence-based practice, our clinical coordinators and preceptors are committed to providing our students with exceptional experiences. Our clinical faculty provide a supervised introduction to clinical experiences and mentor students as they gain independence, critical thinking, and autonomy. Penn Nursing graduates exceed clinical minimum numbers by 50-100% prior to graduation. Our clinical sites are second to none.

Beyond the Classroom

Whether it involves travel, publication, contests, or just plain fun, school is a place to work hard. We feel it is crucial to add another dimension to our students' education - learn how we go beyond the classroom with labs, lobbying, journals, and conferences.


Penn Nursing's Nurse Anesthetist program is part of one of the best graduate schools in the country, at a premier university. Located in Philadelphia, The University of Pennsylvania is a world-class city with historical roots, and it is a train ride away from the New Jersey shore, New York City, Boston, and Washington D.C. 

Learn more about Penn's Campus in the City.