Nurse Anesthesia Concentration in Tupelo, Mississippi

The partnership between The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) MSN Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia and North Mississippi Medical Center (NMMC) is a collaborative initiative to provide an exceptional educational environment for educating Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). We provide an innovative means of attaining one’s education through the use of distance learning capabilities and simulation technology as well as hands-on nurse anesthesia experience through clinical rotations at NMMC.

Why should you enroll in the MSN program at UTC/NMMC?

  • No Relocating

  • In-State Tuition

  • No Residency Competition

  • Full Accreditation

  • 100% first time pass rate on National Certification Examination (Based on 2006-2015 data)

During the 27-month program, students attend the first three months (May-August) of classes on the UTC campus. The remaining coursework and clinicals are completed at North Mississippi Medical
Center in Tupelo, MS.

North Mississippi Medical Center


Photograph of NMMC Building

North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo has a rich history of training students in the field of nurse anesthesia, providing a well-rounded clinical experience since 1993. NMMC has served as a primary clinical site for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga since 2003 for the training of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. Tupelo’s nurse anesthesia students have the advantage of completing all their clinical requirements on one campus. With 35 surgical suites, and over 22,000 anesthetics given annually, there is a wealth of experience to be gained. The campus consists of three anesthetizing locations:

North Mississippi Medical Center
The flagship hospital of a regional health care system, a 650-bed tertiary referral center. NMMC is the largest non-metropolitan hospital in the United States, and is the 2005 recipient of the American Hospital Association’s McKesson “Quest for Quality” award and the 2006 recipient of the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, the highest Presidential honor for performance excellence.

North Mississippi Ambulatory Surgery Center
Providing ambulatory experience in ENT, Orthopedic, Ophthalmology, Pedodontics, Plastics and Urology for children and adults

Women’s Hospital
Providing gynecological and obstetric anesthesia experience, including considerable epidural and spinal opportunities NMMC offers anesthesia experience for more than a dozen surgical sub-specialties. Specialty rotations are offered in Cardiovascular, Neuro, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, and General/Vascular Anesthesia. In addition, there is plenty of opportunity for non-O.R. procedures, including anesthesia for Radiology, GI, and EP lab procedures.

With approximately 1000 open heart anesthetics performed annually, students obtain a wealth of experience in placing and monitoring invasive lines. Epidural and Spinal experience is easily obtained during the OB/GYN rotation. Thanks to NMMC's distance learning technology, students "attend" class with their cohorts 300 miles away in Chattanooga. They meet together in a designated SRNA classroom, equipped with state-of-the-art videoconferencing equipment, which allows them to ask questions and join discussions with their colleagues in Chattanooga. Tupelo is conveniently located in close proximity to Memphis, Tenn., Jackson, Miss., and Birmingham, Ala. With a population of 130,507, the Tupelo metropolitan area is the cultural and industrial center of north Mississippi.