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    Apr 23, 2024  
2009-2010 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog 
2009-2010 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Science in Nursing with a Major in Nursing Anesthesia

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About the Program

This seven-semester program integrates didactic and clinical instruction.The first three semesters of didactic instruction include experience in the human patient simulation lab. Students become familiar with anesthesia techniques and procedures in the lab prior to entering clinical instruction. Students administer sedation, regional and general anesthesia to pediatric and adult patients for a wide variety of surgical specialties including general surgery, orthopedics, otolaryngology, obstetrics, thoracic, vascular, cardiac and neurology. Students administer on average more than 800 anesthetics over at least 2,000 clinical hours. Graduates are eligible for the National Certification Examination required to practice as a nurse anesthetist.

The Master of Science in Nursing programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

The Nursing Anesthesia is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (

Program Goals

  • Plan, implement and evaluate anesthesia care for patients having diagnostic, therapeutic or surgical procedures
  • Collaborate with other health professionals in planning, implementing and evaluating anesthesia care
  • Analyze research critically and incorporate relevant findings into clinical practice
  • Work within the state to function as a leader among the health care team to ensure safe, high-quality, economical care
  • Instruct patients and health care personnel on topics related to anesthesia, respiratory care, fluid therapy and physiological monitoring

Admission Requirements

 Completed Online Application for Graduate Programs

Application Fee: $30
Application Deadline:  November 1 ‐ FALL entry

Note: Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will be considered on a space‐available basis.

Nursing Anesthesia does not defer admission.

GPA: Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Minimum Degree Requirement and Official Transcripts: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and/or Master’s Degree in Nursing from an accredited program.

Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course‐by‐course transcript evaluation be accepted in lieu of an official transcript.

Official transcripts should be sent to MCG’s Office of Academic Admission as part of your “Admissions Packet”. To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar’s office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, transcripts can be mailed to MCG’s Office of Academic Admission directly from the Registrar’s office of the issuing institution.

Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts: An official, professional course‐by‐course evaluation is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES),
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE).

References: References/recommendations from three individuals are required using the Admissions Reference Form for Graduate Programs at the Medical College of Georgia. Referees should be individuals qualified to assess your prior academic, employment, artistic, research and/or clinical experience, qualifications and potential, as applicable.

GRE Requirement: Minimum combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 900. Official GRE scores are required (only the General GRE test is required).

All official GRE scores must be submitted to MCG’s OAA directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS) and must be less than five years old. The institution code for submission of GRE scores to MCG is 5406. Please do not select a department code.

TOEFL Exam Scores: Minimum score of 550 paper‐based, 213 computer based or 79 internet based.

Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English. The institution code for submission of TOEFL scores to MCG is 5406. Please do not select a department code.

Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for graduate students who submit proof of earning a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university where English is the language of instruction.

Program Specific Requirements 

Pre‐requisite course work:
Undergraduate or graduate chemistry course with a minimum grade of B within the last 5 years.

Personal Interview:
Interviews by invitation only. Applicants will be selected for an interview based on an initial review of submitted application materials. Selected applicants will be notified directly by the program.

Resume or CV

Experience: Minimum of 1 year full‐time critical care RN experience within the past 3 years.

Licensure: Proof of current Georgia unrestricted RN license is required prior to enrollment.

Admission Recommendations

GPA: Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

GRE: Minimum combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 1100.

Experience: At least 2.5 ‐ 3 years of critical care experience earned in an ICU (does not include PACA, OR, ER or telemetry step down units).

Early submission of completed application packet (by 10/1 or before).

* Substitutions and/or waivers of minimum requirements must first be supported and approved at the program level and then formally approved by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

* While every effort is made to maintain this information as current, it may be subject to change. Please check with MCG’s Office of Academic Admission for recent updates.

* Applications deferred to another semester are subject to all admission requirements and program requirements in effect for the semester to which they are deferred .

How to Apply

The application and file completion deadline is November 1. Early application is encouraged.

Apply online at or contact:

Office of Academic Admissions
170 Kelly Building–Administration
Medical College of Georgia
Augusta, Georgia 30912

Telephone: 706-721-2725
Toll free: 800-519-3388
Fax: 706-721-7279

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Estimated Tuition and Fees

For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Tuition and Fees section of this catalog.


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