Nurse Anesthetist

Anesthesia is one of the most important components of modern medicine. It can help sedate a patient, numb an area of the body, and make an operation much more comfortable for an ill or injured individual. Nurse anesthetists help doctors, anesthesiologists, and other medical staff keep patients safe and monitor their vital signs. So what does a high student have to do to become a nurse anesthetist? You need a four-year degree in nursing and a year or two of acute care experience before you can apply to a college to study as a nurse anesthetist. However, each school has its own requirements students must meet before applying for this master's degree program. Coursework includes a blend of classroom, lab simulations, and clinical practice. Some of these topics, like anatomy, physiology, and biology, will be familiar. However, you'll also study new topics like anesthesia, pain management, and clinical anatomy. Many states require that you be licensed and have the certified registered nurse anesthetist certification (CRNA) to work as a nurse anesthetist, so make sure you'll be able to work in the state in which you want to live.

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University of Southern California

The University of Southern California is a high-research institution located in Los Angeles, California, where it’s been educating students since 1880. The university is comprised of two campuses, the main University Park and the Health Sciences...

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University of Pennsylvania

Founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin, the University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League institution in Philadelphia. UPenn hosts 12 schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 90 academic fields of study. Additionally, UPenn’s Gothic-style...

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Florida State University

Florida State University is the oldest institution of Higher Education in Florida. Located on 1,633 acres of land in Tallahassee, FSU is a space- and sea-grant research university offering more than 300 degree programs. The campus is home to the only...

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Northeastern University

A private research institution located in Boston, Northeastern University was founded in 1898. Northeastern is home to nine colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 90 academic majors. Additionally, the university operates a...

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University of South Florida-Main Campus

The University of South Florida is a public research university located in Tampa, FL, offering more than 180 majors and concentrations. Ranked on multiple lists for its research efforts, USF Tampa’s Office of Undergraduate Research allows all citizen...

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University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

Founded in 1787 as the Pittsburgh academy, the University of Pittsburgh is a 4-year state-related research institution. Pitt is composed of 16 colleges and universities granting undergraduate degrees in numerous academic majors and minors. The Pitt...

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Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA
Boston College

Boston College is a 4-year Jesuit Catholic University and the first institution of higher learning founded in the city of Boston. BC is home to eight schools and colleges conferring degrees in over 50 fields of study. As a Catholic university, Boston...

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University of South Carolina-Columbia

The University of South Carolina is a 4-year public research institution in the state capital of Columbia. South Carolina encompasses 12 colleges conferring undergraduate degrees. Additionally, U of SC is home to the first freestanding academic...

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University of Iowa

Founded in 1847, the University of Iowa is a 4-year public research institution in Iowa City and Iowa’s first institution of higher education. Iowa grants undergraduate degrees in over 200 academic majors, minors, and certificate programs....

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DePaul University

DePaul University is a private, non-profit institution located in the heart of Chicago, IL, featuring campuses both in the business district and Lincoln Park. DePaul is the nation’s largest Catholic university, founded by the Vincentians more than...

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University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

Founded in 1919, the University of Cincinnati is a 4-year public research institution and the second largest university in the state of Ohio. UC is home to 14 colleges and schools conferring degrees and is renowned as the first school to offer a co...

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University of Kansas

The University of Kansas is a public research institution. The main campus is located in Lawrence, Kansas, and is one of five in the University of Kansas system. KU offers more than 200 undergraduate majors in one of the largest college towns in the...

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Drexel University

Named for a prominent 19th century philanthropist, Drexel University is a 4-year private research university in Philadelphia. Drexel offers bachelor’s degrees in over 80 academic majors with an emphasis on experiential learning. Additionally, the...

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The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Founded two years before Tennessee achieved statehood in 1794, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville is the flagship campus of the UT system and the first public university west of the Appalachian Divide. UT is home to nine colleges and schools...

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Florida International University

Florida International University is the only public research university in Miami. FIU offers bachelor’s degrees in over 190 academic fields of study. In addition to classroom facilities, the FIU campus houses the International Hurricane Research...

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University at Buffalo - SUNY

The University at Buffalo is a 4-year research institution offering more than 125 undergraduate degree programs. UB is the largest university in the State University of New York system by enrollment, but maintains a student-faculty ratio of 14:1...

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Villanova University

Founded in 1842 by the friars of the Order of Saint Augustine, Villanova University is a 4-year research institution in the Philadelphia area and the oldest Catholic school in Pennsylvania. Villanova is home to six colleges and schools conferring...

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Wake Forest University

Founded in 1834, Wake Forest University is a 4-year private university with a liberal arts curriculum located in Winston-Salem. Wake Forest confers undergraduate degrees in over 40 academic majors and 60 minors and it does not require students to...

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Case Western Reserve University

Founded by the merger of Western Reserve University and Case School of Applied Science, Case Western Reserve University is a 4-year private research institution in Cleveland. Case Western features nine schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in 95...

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Michigan’s third largest institution of higher learning, Wayne State University is a public university in Detroit. Wayne State is home to 13 colleges offering over 300 undergraduate and graduate degrees. In addition to classroom facilities, Wayne...

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University of New England

With campus situated a short distance from Saco Bay, The University of New England is a 4-year institution in coastal Maine and the largest private university in the state. UNE is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy,...

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Oakland University
Rochester Hills, MI
Oakland University

Oakland University is a 4-year public school in the Detroit metro area that was originally established as a satellite campus of Michigan State. Oakland is now home to seven colleges and schools offering bachelor’s degrees in 143 academic programs. In...

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Arkansas State University-Main Campus

Arkansas State University is a 4-year public school in northeast Arkansas and the second largest university in the state. Arkansas State is home to six colleges awarding bachelor’s degrees in over 150 academic fields of study. Additionally, the...

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Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University is a Tier 1 University with higher research activity and rated as having a more selective admissions process. The TCU mission is "to educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the...

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Formed by the merger of the Medical College of Virginia and the Richmond Professional Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University is a 4-year public institution in Richmond. VCU is home to 20 colleges and is the state’s only university to offer...

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University of Alabama at Birmingham

Established in 1969 after a merger between the Medical College of Alabama and the Birmingham Extension Center of The University of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham is a 4-year public institution. UAB is home to 12 colleges and schools...

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Bradley University

Originally founded as a watch-making school by Lydia Moss Bradley in 1897, Bradley University is a private institution in central Illinois. Bradley confers bachelor’s degrees in over 185 academic areas of study. Throughout the year, Bradley programs...

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Barry University

Founded by the Adrian Dominican Sisters in 1940, Barry University is a private institution in the Miami metro area and one of the largest Catholic universities in the southeast. Barry is home to eight colleges and schools conferring undergraduate and...

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Fairfield University

Founded by the Society of Jesus, Fairfield University is a 4-year Jesuit institution in coastal Connecticut. Fairfield provides a liberal arts education and offers degrees in 44 academic majors as well as 16 interdisciplinary majors. As a Catholic...

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Samford University

Founded in 1841, Samford University is a 4-year Christian university in the greater Birmingham area affiliated with the Alabama Baptist Convention. Samford is home to 10 colleges conferring numerous undergraduate degrees and all classes are focused...

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Gannon University

Founded by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, Gannon University is a 4-year Catholic liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania and one of 11 Diocesan universities in the United States. Gannon grants bachelor’s degrees in 64 academic fields of...

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Saint Joseph's University

Founded in 1851 by the Society of Jesus, Saint Joseph’s University is a Jesuit Catholic school in Philadelphia. SJU is home to colleges and schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, and Health Studies offering bachelor’s degrees with a core curriculum...

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Baylor College of Medicine

The Baylor College of Medicine is a health sciences institution in Houston. Baylor is home to schools of Medicine, Health Professions, Biomedical Sciences, and Tropical Medicine. For a hands-on learning experience, the Baylor campus is located within...

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Lincoln Memorial University

Located in the Appalachian Mountains, Lincoln Memorial University is a liberal arts college in northeast Tennessee. LMU offers over 30 bachelor’s degree programs including one of the only Conservation Biology majors in the United States. To ease the...

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University of Scranton

Originally founded in 1888 as St. Thomas College, the University of Scranton is a Catholic and Jesuit school in eastern Pennsylvania. Scranton is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Management, and Professional Studies conferring undergraduate...

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Rhode Island College

Founded as a teacher training school, Rhode Island College is a public college in Providence and the second oldest institution of higher learning in the state. RIC is home to five schools of Education, Arts & Sciences, Social Work, Nursing, and...

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Central Connecticut State University

Central Connecticut State University is Connecticut’s oldest public university and the largest institution in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system. CCSU is home to schools of Business, Education, Engineering, and Graduate Studies...

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Webster University

Webster University is a private institution based in Webster Groves, Missouri. Webster operates campuses around the nation and abroad, in countries such as Ghana, the Netherlands, Thailand, and Greece, that students may transfer to for a semester...

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La Salle University

Founded by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, La Salle University is a Catholic school in Philadelphia. La Salle is home to schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, and Nursing conferring undergraduate degrees and all academic programs feature a...

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National University

National University is a private not-for-profit institution with multiple locations throughout California and one campus in Nevada. NU provides concentrated programs aimed at adult learners with courses scheduled on weeknights and weekends. The...

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Otterbein University

Otterbein University is a 4-year, liberal arts institution located in Westerville, OH, minutes from the 14th largest city in the US, Columbus. Founded in 1847, Otterbein has been co-educational from the beginning and takes pride in its diversity and...

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Texas Wesleyan University

Calling Forth Worth, TX, home, Texas Wesleyan University is a 4-year institution founded in 1890 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The university features 31 undergraduate majors and confers 7 types of degrees, bringing their “Smaller....

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University of Detroit Mercy

The University of Detroit Mercy is a private institution based in Detroit, Michigan. The school is sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus. The school operates three campuses, McNichols, Riverfront, and Corktown, making...

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University of Michigan-Flint

With a campus along the shores of the Flint River, the University of Michigan-Flint is a regional campus of the University of Michigan system. UM Flint is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Nursing, Health Sciences, Management, and Education...

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Augusta University

With campus a short distance from the Savannah River, Augusta University is a public university in eastern Georgia. Augusta is home to 10 colleges and schools, including the Medical College of Georgia, the state’s flagship medical school and the...

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Medical University of South Carolina

The Medical University of South Carolina was founded in 1824 and is comprised of six colleges and a 700-bed medical center. MUSC is one of the oldest schools of medicine in the nation. The school is home to the South Carolina Clinical and...

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Newman University is a private, Christ-centered institution established on an urban, 61-acre campus in Wichita, Kansas, with satellite facilities in Independence, Parsons, Dodge City, Colorado Springs, Tulsa, and Oklahoma City. The college offers...

Formed by the merger of Thomas Jefferson and Philadelphia Universities, Jefferson University is a health science and education-centered institution dedicated to preparing students for 21st century professions. Jefferson is home to 13 colleges and...

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

With a campus situated on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is a 4-year public university in southwest Illinois and a campus of the SIU system. SIUE is home to seven academic colleges granting...

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AdventHealth University

Affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist Church, AdventHealth University is a Christ-centered health science institution dedicated to the concept of healthcare as a ministry. AHU confers bachelor’s degrees in five health science-related fields of...

“…” – Nikita from Maitland, FL

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Originally founded as a men’s college, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is a coeducational Lasallian Catholic institution in southeast Minnesota. Saint Mary’s is home to a residential liberal arts college granting undergraduate degrees in 59...

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Oregon Health & Science University

Oregon Health & Science University is a public institution based in Portland, OR, that operates two hospitals. The university is dedicated to research and training health professionals. OHSU is credited with developing stem cells from skin cells,...

“…” – Sarah from Turner, OR

Westminster College (UT)

Westminster College is a 4-year liberal arts institution located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 32-acre campus is just 10 minutes from the downtown business district and features five undergraduate colleges, as well as four graduate institutions....

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Saint Vincent College

Founded in 1846, Saint Vincent College is a private institution operated by Benedictine monks. The college combines Catholic and Benedictine tradition with a liberal arts and sciences curriculum. Rated as having “selective” admissions, the college is...

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Lourdes University

Lourdes University is a 4-year Catholic and Franciscan institution established in Sylvania, Ohio. The 127-acre suburban campus offers majors in arts and sciences; business and leadership; social sciences; and nursing, as well as unique apartment...

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Albany Medical College

Established in 1839, Albany Medical College is a medical education institution located in the state of New York, and is a member of the Union University association. Albany Med is the only health sciences center in its region that focuses on...

Samuel Merritt University is a school of health science with three campuses in northern California and the largest provider of physical and occupational therapists in the East Bay. SMU is home to five undergraduate degree programs and four doctorate...

Mount Marty College offers a liberal arts education with an emphasis on the values of its Benedictine and Catholic affiliation from its scenic hilltop overlooking the Missouri River in Yankton, South Dakota. The college was founded by the Sisters of...

Originally established as a nursing school, Clarkson College has grown over the years to become a 4-year institution of health care sciences in Omaha. Clarkson offers nine academic programs and 20 majors in the health sciences. In addition to its...

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston is the largest medical center in the world. UT Health is home to several research institutions, including the Center of Excellence in Mood Disorders, the Consortium on Aging, and the...

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Established in 1860, SUNY Downstate Medical Center is a private, medical education institution and urban service center established in Brooklyn, New York. The college offers over 30 health-centric degree programs through the colleges of Medicine,...

Formerly known as Our Lady of the Lake College, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is a 4-year Catholic institution with an emphasis on healthcare. FranU’s Baton Rouge campus offers academic programs in three schools: Health Professions,...

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Midwestern University is a private medical education institution, established in 1900. The Glendale campus is located in the state of Arizona, approximately 15 minutes from downtown Phoenix. The Glendale campus is home to a wide variety of facilities...

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Named for the doctor who discovered the structure of DNA, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science is a graduate school of health care in the north Chicagoland area. RFU offers over 30 health science programs through its colleges of...

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Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is a private, medical education institution with campuses located in Minnesota, Arizona, and Florida. Mayo Clinic offers over 100 academic programs throughout dozens of health sciences fields of study, awarding...

Originally founded as the Tropical Medicine Institute, the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus is a medical school affiliated with UPR in San Juan. The Medical Sciences Campus is home to six schools of Nursing, Medicine, Dental Medicine...

Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing is a private, medical education institution established in St. Louis, Missouri on the campus of the Washington University Medical Center. The college offers three academic programs including the...

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Established in 1956, the Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo is a private, 4-year institution located in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. The university offers over 40 undergraduate and technical degree and certificate programs, as well as five...

Affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia is a graduate-level medical school specializing in training nurse anesthetists. As the only independent anesthesia training academy in the United States, MTSA...

As one of four campus locations of Dewey University, Hato Rey is a private, 4-year institution located in Puerto Rico. The Hato Ray campus offers fields of study including health, education, technology, and administration, awarding certificates and...