2018-2019 Catalog

Publication date June 2018

Biology: Nurse Anesthesia Concentration - Master of Science

This concentration is jointly offered by the Department of Biology and Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare School of Anesthesia, La Crosse, Wisconsin. Students simultaneously complete requirements for the Master of Science degree in biology and educational requirements to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

This concentration requires:

  1. Passing an oral comprehensive exam
  2. Completion of the core curriculum of 31 credits
  3. Completion of a research project.


Candidates for this concentration must apply separately to, and be accepted by, the Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare School of Anesthesia.

CRNA curriculum

BIO 509Human Gross Anatomy3
BIO 510Applied Human Gross Anatomy3
BIO 524Human Endocrinology3
BIO 715Pathophysiology I3
BIO 717Pathophysiology II3
BIO 718Advanced Human Physiology I4
BIO 719Advanced Human Physiology II4
BIO 720Research in Anesthesia2
CHM 530Chemistry in the Health Sciences3
ESS 782Electrocardiography3
Total Credits31

Graduate degree requirements

After being admitted to the program of one's choice, candidates for a graduate degree must:

  1. Complete any preliminary course work and deficiencies.
  2. Complete all courses and other program requirements, including residence requirements prescribed for the degree desired in the respective school or college within a seven-year period from the date of initial enrollment.
  3. Earn a minimum of 30 credits for a master's degree; 54 credits for a doctorate or post-master's degree. Earn at least one-half of the minimum number of credits required in the program in graduate-only level courses (700, 800, 900, and non-slash 600 level courses).
  4. Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00.
  5. Satisfy dissertation, thesis, seminar paper, terminal/graduate projects and internships, or comprehensive examination, where applicable. A dissertation or thesis approved by the committee must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies for approval at least two weeks before commencement. Ordinarily, a seminar paper or project report does not have to be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. However, if the seminar paper or project report is to be archived in Murphy Library, the student must follow the same rules as they apply to the dissertation/thesis requiring approval from the Director of Graduate Studies. For further research/dissertation/thesis guidelines, see the Office of Graduate Studies.
  6. File a completed "Intent to Graduate" form online via the WINGS Student Center immediately following registration for the final semester or summer term in residence. December graduates and winter intersession should file by May 1. May and summer graduates should file by December 1.
  7. Pay the graduation fee and remove all other indebtedness to the university. Payment of graduation fees does not imply readiness for graduation and does not take the place of applying for graduation.
  8. Complete all requirements within 30 days after the official ending date of a term in order for a degree to be awarded for that term. (See #5 above for separate deadline for written capstone experience.)
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