Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia

Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia

315 Hospital Drive,
Tennessee 37115

Contact Information:

Email: info@mtsa.edu
Url: website



Program Summary:

Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia provides a Master of Science that focuses on Anesthesia and results in a DNP degree. The Madison Hospital School of Anesthesia for nurses was founded in 1950 by a Nurse anesthetist named Bernard Bowen. He received sponsorship from Madison Hospital, and has been operating ever since that time. This nurse anesthesia program began after Mr. Bowen was invited to Madison by Dr. James D. Schuler, a surgeon, and the hospital's medical director. Ever since that time they have has over 1,200 graduates that continue to provide excellent anesthesia services all over the United States and in other parts of the world.

CRNA School Overview:

Program created: 1950
Ranking: 2.1 out of 5.0
Class size: up to 72
Attrition Rate: 4.41%
Tuition: website
National Certification Exam (NCE)
1st Time Pass Rate: 80-90%

CRNA Program Requirements:
  • License: BBSN or related Science (if not in Nursing, must have additional 15 semester hours of biophysical sciences above Nursing Degree)
  • Work Experience: A minimum of one year beyond orientation in an adult acute care area as a Registered Nurse within the last 3 years.
    Accepted: SICU, NICU, CVRU, CCU, Trauma. Adult ICU preferred. ER experience considered on individual basis.
    Not Accepted: not listed on website
  • GPA: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 and/or cumulative science GPA of 3.0. The average GPA of the applicant has been about 3.4.
  • GRE: No minimum score required, but average of accepted students has been V150, Q146, A3.5. The GRE scoring format has changed and an average score has not been determined with the new format. Note: not required if previous Masters or Doctoral Degree.
  • Certifications: ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)


General Chemistry (3 semester hours)


Middle Tennessee School of Nurse Anesthesia has a two part interview and tours will be offered for anyone that would like to participate. There are usually students present that are more than willing to talk with candidates. Each part of the interview is 10 minutes in length. Candidates are asked to arrive 30 minutes before their interview time to complete paperwork. The first part of the interview is conducted by the president of MTSA, Dr. Chris Hulin,  and one other member of administration. The clinical portion of the interview is a panel lead by the Program Administrator, Dr. Rachel Brown. Other committee members include two MDAs, three CRNAs and a senior student. The MDAs and CRNAs are all clinical and/or academic instructors. The first interview will be the softer side including questions such as: “Why do you want to attend MTSA and become a CRNA?”,”How do you handle stress?”, etc. They may possibly ask about issues in your file - grades, references, arrest, etc. The second part of the interview is the clinical portion. Candidates are asked which ICU they want to answer questions about, and then select a scenario card from that ICU. Applicants will be allowed to study the scenario. After about 10 minutes, the student will be escorted to the interview room to meet with the Admissions Committee. The committee will have the candidate present the patient and then answer questions about the scenario. This could include questions about the physiology, anatomy, machines, or pharmacology. They might also ask questions about anything in your file.There is not a written test given during the interview process.

CRNA Program Setup:
Classes Start:



28 months


Front-loaded initially.

Clinical Sites:

The Clinical Schedule Coordinator, in conjunction with the Program Administrator, makes the schedule for all students. They currently have 22 sites located throughout middle Tennessee, Texas, Indiana, Kentucky, & Ohio. However, the Senior Elective which is the last quarter of the program is selected by the student. There is a list of hospitals in the catalog that have participated in the Senior Elective program in the past.

Disclaimer: Information on this page was gathered from the school's website and through phone interviews. A school's curriculum can change frequently, so we make sure that you are provided with the most up to date information. Our team regularly checks for any changes that CRNA programs make to their curriculum. The ranking of schools was based off of the 2011 US News World Report for Graduate Schools