About the post-master's
If you have an MSN and would like to become a nurse anesthetist, you can enroll in the 45-credit Post-Master’s Certificate Program. Upon completion of the required courses, Villanova University, College of Nursing will award you a certificate of completion.
First semester study consists primarily of didactic content in order to prepare you for integration into the clinical area. Subsequently, the didactic and clinical portions are integrated. You will gain your clinical experience through rotations at eight clinical affiliating sites. You will progress from simple to complex cases, completing 1600-2000 hours of clinical experience and no less than 600 cases during the course of the program. The student to faculty ratio never exceeds 2:1, and a certified registered nurse anesthetist or an anesthesiologist will supervise you in the clinical setting. You will be placed “on call” during the Spring semester of the first year to gain experience with emergency surgery. Other specialty rotations include pediatrics and regional anesthesia. A full semester is devoted to the study of pain management.