What is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)?
- Certiﬁed Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are advanced practice nurses who provide high quality anesthesia services
- CRNAs have earned either a Master’s or Doctorate degree in nursing
- CRNAs receive extensive training and education in nursing and anesthesiology
- CRNAs have been practicing in the U.S. for over 150 years
- CRNAs safely administer more than 34 million anesthetics to patients each year in the United States
- In some states, CRNAs are the sole anesthesia providers in rural hospitals.
Learn more here: The AANA represents Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs)
What CRNAs do
- Administer and provide anesthesia to patients before, during, and after surgery
- Keep the patient safely unconscious and unaware of surgery
- Order and interpret pre-procedure tests
- Manage an anesthetic based on patient condition
- CRNAs monitor the patient throughout their procedure
- Constant monitoring of vitals signs and communication with surgeons and anesthesiologists
- Manage pain and keep patients safe and comfortable
Where CRNAs work
- Hospital operating rooms
- Dental offices
- Podiatry offices
- Birthing centers
- Emergency rooms
- Plastic surgery centers
- Outpatient surgery centers
- CRNAs deliver > 80% of the anesthetics in rural America
High school preparation
Students interested in a career as a nurse anesthetist should complete these helpful preparatory classes.
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1. Information about events and info sessions at the University of Minnesota school of nursing
2. Demonstrate leadership potential and engage in volunteering opportunities.
- Health Related Internships (HOSA)
- Volunteer at United Hospital (allinahealth.org)
- Volunteer at Abbott Northwestern Hospital (allinahealth.org)
3. College prep help at the University of Minnesota
Obtain a nursing degree and become a Registered Nurse (RN). You will need either a BSN or MSN entry level degree in nursing
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
- Master’s entry-level nursing degree (MSN)
University of Minnesota CRNA program
CRNA program requirements
You need a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or entry-level Master of Nursing (MSN)
You must first become a registered nurse and have a license to practice in your state
Competitive GPA (specific to individual program)
2 years of high-acuity adult surgical critical care experience.
ACL, PALS, BLS, CCRN
Shadow a CRNA
CRNA career outlook
Overall employment of nurse anesthetists is projected to grow 40% from 2021 to 2031.
There are over 59,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) practicing in the United States.
89% of CRNAs feel very satisfied or somewhat satisfied with their work (AANA)
Increased focus on diversity in the profession
There is a need for increased diversity in the nurse anesthesia profession.
The University of Minnesota is a leader in this effort to increase diversity:
- Faculty dedicated to improving diversity and inclusivity formal mentoring program
- Nursing Diversity Scholarship: Provides financial assistance to minority and/or non-traditional students enrolled in the undergraduate nursing program for the purpose of encouraging diversification & promoting multicultural participation.