Overview & Prerequisites


The Master of Anesthesiology Education Program is a 28-month (7 semester) full-time program that combines the disciplines of advanced practice nursing as a nurse anesthetist with leadership and adult education. The program is based in the School of Education at Gonzaga University and the Anesthesia Department at Sacred Heart Medical Center. The program has been graduating Master's prepared students since 1979 and is nationally recognized for excellence. The first semester is primarily didactic; clinical practicum begins during the second semester. The education core content is integrated throughout the curriculum.


  1. Applicant must be a registered nurse with a baccalaureate degree in nursing or an equivalent degree as determined by the program director at Gonzaga University.

  2. The following science courses are prerequisite to interview: chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, physiology, pathophysiology, and anatomy.

  3. Prior to applying, applicants must have a minimum of two years experience as a registered nurse, with at least one of those years full time in an adult critical care setting with two years preferred (within the last 5 years). General ICU, adult specialty ICU, and coronary care are examples of acceptable adult critical care experience. The required competencies are management of adult patients on ventilators, vasoactive drugs, invasive monitors, and long-term bedside assessment of critically ill patients.

  4. A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale is required. Evidence of CCRN certification is required.

Please see the Graduate Admissions section on Application Details for more information.

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Graduate Admissions
Phone: (509) 313-3481
Fax: (509) 313-5821