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Post-Master's Certificate in Nurse Anesthesia

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Master's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Master's Certificate

Number of Credits to Completion: 71.0
Instructional Delivery: Campus
Calendar Type: Quarter
Maximum Time Frame: 3 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible

Technical Standards - Anesthesia


The Post Master's Certificate (PMC) in Nurse Anesthesia program is a 71.0 quarter credit full-time program that begins each January. The program offers 6.0 theoretical nursing and research credits, 9.0 quarter credit basic science component, 31.0 quarter credits of a didactic anesthesia component and a 25.0 credits in a clinical component. Upon successful completion program outcomes a student is awarded a post master's certificate in nurse anesthesia and is eligible to take the national certification examination offered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).

All anesthesia coursework is offered at Drexel University's Center City campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Graduates of this program are able to provide safe, compassionate, culturally competent anesthesia care in rapidly changing practice environments.

What you'll learn

The Post Master's Certificate in Nurse Anesthesia program is an advanced-practice nursing specialty track providing challenging learning experiences. You'll be engaged to think critically and make evidence-based decisions to expand your nursing knowledge and enhance patient outcomes.

Students take part in nurse anesthesia clinical practicum under direct supervision of certified registered nurse anesthetists and/or anesthesiologists to learn how to administer a variety of anesthetics including sedation during monitored anesthesia care, general anesthesia, and regional anesthesia. Additional clinical subspecialty rotations provide anesthesia management experience for the obstetrical, pediatric, cardiac, and neurosurgical patients.

What makes the Drexel PMC in Nurse Anesthesia program unique?

  • Premiere clinical sites in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware providing comprehensive anesthesia case experience.
  • Smart classroom technology with archived lectures online to use for examination preparation.
  • You are part of the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions with access to clinical practice environments and interprofessional simulated health care scenarios.


The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.

Visit the Compliance pages for more information.

Admission Requirements

Technical Standards - Anesthesia

Note: Currently, we are not accepting applications.

The Nurse Anesthesia Program receives approximately 140 applications per year and accepts 20 students per class.

An on-campus interview is required for admission and will be held after the application deadline. Selection of qualified candidates for interview is based upon meeting the admissions criteria as well as the quality of the application materials. Therefore every applicant who meets the admission criteria is not offered an interview.

Accepted candidates can request a deferral of admission for one year prior to their full-time start date. A request of deferral is granted only once and must be made in writing to the Chair of the Nurse Anesthesia Program.

Master's degree in nursing. GPA of 3.0 or above from the master's degree education.

Standardized Tests:


  • Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If your school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates.
  • If your school issues only one transcript for life, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation agency
  • Use our Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions


Three references required from the following who can attest to applicant's clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study:

  • Nurse manager (required)
  • Physician,or clinical supervisor
  • Clinical Educator, or professor
  • References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members

You may use our electronic letter of recommendation service.

If a recommender prefers to submit an original, hard copy letter, please remind them that it must include an ink signature and be submitted in a sealed envelope.

Personal Statement/Essay:
Describe past professional and educational accomplishments and future goals for graduate nurse anesthesia education.

Interview is required.


Unencumbered licensed or eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

A minimum of two years recent full-time critical care experience where the registered professional nurse has direct patient care and manages invasive hemodynamic monitors (such as pulmonary artery catheter; CVP; arterial), cardiac assist devices, mechanical ventilation, and vasoactive drips (such as norepinephrine, epinephrine; dobutamine; nicardipine; nitroglycerine). Preferred areas include: SICU (Surgical Intensive Care), MICU (Medical Intensive Care), CVICU (Cardiovascular Intensive Care), Coronary Intensive Care, PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) and a Level I Emergency/Trauma Unit are also acceptable. Other areas may be considered provided competence can be demonstrated with invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology. While applicants must have a minimum of two years recent full-time experience prior to starting this program, they can apply after having one year of experience in a critical care setting.

International Students:
International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and U.S. permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor's degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing and reading. American citizens born on U.S. military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status. Otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you must have:

  • a minimum combined score for listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
  • a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Tuition and Fee Rates:
Please visit the Tuition and Fee Rates page on Drexel Central

Application Link (if outside organization): N/A

The Nurse Anesthesia Program's attrition rate is 12%


The nurse anesthesia program is accredited by the:

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
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