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Best Nurse Anesthetist Schools

Nurse anesthetist is one of the four most highly trained positions in the field of nursing. Advanced practice nurses may specialize in midwifery, in anesthesia, in clinical nursing or may become nurse practitioners. All of these advanced practice choices require a masters degree in nursing.

Nurse anesthetists provide primary care to a surgical patient before, during, and after the procedure in the operating room. The profession is a blend of OR or surgical nursing and the role traditionally played by an anesthesiologist. The position has grown into a specialty with increasing educational requirements; the masters program became mandatory in 1990.

The initial requirement is a four year baccalaureate in nursing or a science related subject, along with status as an RN. Thereafter a year's experience in an acute care setting such as surgery is required. That is followed by enrollment in an accredited program in anesthesia which can take an additional two to three years.

Here are the top nurse anesthetist schools as ranked in the annual US News and World Report annual survey of colleges and universities. Several are in military training centers, which can be a free education if you're willing to trade it for a few years in military service.

1.Virginia Commonwealth
2.US Army Graduate Program, Fort Sam Houston, TX
3.Navy Nurse Corps, Bethesda MD
4.Rush University
5.University of Pittsburgh
6.Albany Medical College
7.Georgetown University
8.California State University/Fullerton
9.Uniformed Services University of Health Services, Bethesda ME
10.University of Iowa
11.Baylor
12.Case Western Reserve University
13.Oakland University/Beaumont, Rochester MN
14.University of Cincinnati
15.Wake Forest

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