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MSN Nurse Anesthesia


checkmark Rich Learning Experience

A 27 month program of rigorous coursework with bountiful clinical experiences prepares our students for the national certification exam offered by the NBCRNA. Once certified, graduates who earn their MSN in Nurse Anesthesia from UTC may begin work immediately as a CRNA, without the need for additional on-the-job training or work-related orientation.

checkmark North Mississippi Medical Center Partnership

Students from Mississippi are encouraged to take advantage of UTC's partnership with North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Mississippi. Through state-of-the-art distance learning technology, students in Tupelo are able to attend classes, participating in clinical rotations at North Mississippi Medical Center, gaining access to various specialty areas of anesthesia practice within one institution and without additional travel.

checkmark Tuition Benefits

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offers some of the lowest tuition rates in the region. In addition, UTC participates with fifteen other states in the Academic Common Market. Through this program, students wishing to pursue study in graduate programs not available within their home state may be able to attend out-of-state programs at in-state tuition rates.

checkmark No Competition

Medical residency programs in anesthesia are not offered at any of the hospitals where students complete their clinical rotations. As a result, UTC nurse anesthesia students do not compete with anesthesiology residents for opportunities to participate in challenging clinical experiences.

checkmark Successful First-time Pass Rates on NCE

Graduates from the UTC/Erlanger Health Systems MSN Nurse Anesthesia program traditionally outperform the national first-time pass rate on the NCE. Students who complete the 27-month program at the UTC/Erlanger Nurse Anesthesia Program traditionally score above the national average on their certification examination after graduation.

Most recent first-time pass rates:

  • 2016: 83%
  • 2017: 93%
  • 2018: 62%
  • 2019: 92%

checkmark Full Accreditation

The master’s degree in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( The MSN Nurse Anesthesia Concentration is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) through May 2022. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia educational program on January 1, 2022 or thereafter be enrolled in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree.  Pending approval by the COA, the program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in January 2021. Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting the program at or 423-425-5693.

COA Contact Information:

222 S. Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, Ill. 60068-4001
Main Number: 847-655-1160
Fax: 847-692-7137