The Mayo Clinic Health System — Franciscan Healthcare School of Anesthesia, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-L) Biology Department and Viterbo University School of Nursing have partnered to develop a program to meet the specific needs of the nurse anesthetist student during their doctoral education.
The School of Anesthesia (SOA) operates within the Mayo Clinic Health System campus in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Students are taught in a didactic and clinical setting over 3 years of consecutive study.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will have earned:
A Master of Science in Biology from UW-L (30 credits)
A Certificate of Completion from the School of Anesthesia (26 credits)
A Doctor of Nursing Practice from Viterbo University (22 credits)
The Doctor of Nursing practice and clinical credits from the School of Anesthesia are required to sit for the national board certification exam to be licensed as a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA).
Standards and guidelines for educational programs may be found on the COA website.
The program's next scheduled accreditation onsite visit by the Council on Accreditation will be in the Fall of 2025.
Matriculation rates, success rates for first-time takers on the Certification Exam and employment rates are listed below and are published on the UW-La Crosse School of Anesthesia, and Viterbo University websites. These program statistics are reflective of the Masters Science in Biology Nurse Anesthesia Concentration.
Number of Graduates
Attrition Rate (%)
Certification Pass Rate (%) - first time takers
Employment Rate (%) within six months of graduation
For more program information, contact:
Jessica Peterson, C.R.N.A., program director
Franciscan Healthcare School of Anesthesia
700 West Ave. S.
La Crosse, WI 54601
The information above is reviewed annually and updated in February.