School of Nurse Anesthesia
Mayo Clinic Health System
The Franciscan Healthcare School of Anesthesia, as a vital part of Franciscan Healthcare, subscribes to the philosophy of that organization. We fervently promote Christian concepts which emphasize the dignity of all human person, their origin, purpose and destiny. Society is a complex and evolving entity within which the common good and the changing needs of groups of individuals must be fulfilled. As a member of society, every person has a basic right to good health care and easy access to health care service.
We believe that certified nurse anesthetists form and integral part of the total health care system by virtue of advanced scientific knowledge and competency in technical skills.
We believe that anesthesia care is an individualized therapeutic relationship which recognizes the individual dignity of the patient and his right to life. We accept that the nurse anesthetist assumes a professional obligation to preserve these concepts in his/her relationship with the patient.
We believe that upon completion the student is prepared to be not only
a certified nurse anesthetist, but with graduate education, a potential
educator and researcher in the sense that clinical investigations and problem
solving are an integral part of nurse anesthesia. As a result, the student
will have developed insight and direction for resourceful and constructive
professional practice, will regard life-long education as a professional
obligation, will use sources of knowledge effectively and fulfill professional,
ethical, and societal obligations.
A Program of Anesthesia for Nurses
The educational program of anesthesia for nurses at Franciscan Healthcare School of Anesthesia operates within the complex of the Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, Wisconsin. This course of scientific and skill instruction taught in a didactic and clinical setting, requires twenty-seven consecutive months of concentrated study. Upon completion of the course of study the fulfillment of the terminal objectives and other obligations of the program, the student will have achieved eligibility to write the qualifying examination of the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists. The Franciscan Healthcare Nurse Anesthesia Educational Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthetist Education (COA), located at 222 South Prospect Ave., Park Ridge IL 60068 (847) 692-7050. The COA is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Higher Education (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education.
The University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, our academic affiliate, is able to offer graduate credit for portions of the didactic curricula. Thirty-one graduate credits are offered by the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, a free-standing, autonomously accredited program. Upon successful completion of these course credits, the University will award the students a Master of Science Degree in Biology.
Franciscan Healthcare is a comprehensive medical center providing patient care programs in medicine, surgery, all surgical specialties (except open heart surgery), pediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics, gynecology, newborn nursery, Regional Neonatal Center, high-risk maternity care, and mental health. A full complement of diagnostic and therapeutic services support the patient care programs as well as offering the student in the School of Anesthesia unshared availability for clinical experience.
Franciscan Healthcare is a Mayo affiliate accredited by the Joint
Commission of Accreditation of Hospitals and is a member of the American
Hospital Association, Wisconsin Hospital Association, and Catholic Hospital
Association. It is approved for General Family Practice residency by the
Council of Medical Education of the American Medical Association.
1. Perform a preanesthetic interview and assessment.
1. Basic and Applied Sciences Applicable to Anesthesia
Master of Science Degree - University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
UW-L, our academic affiliate, is a free-standing autonomously accredited program. Franciscan Healthcare School of Anesthesia and UW-L Biology Department have collaboratively developed a program specifically for the educational needs of the nurse anesthetist student.
All students must apply for admission in the Biology Graduate Program at UW-L. Acceptance in UW-L's program does not guarantee acceptance in the School of Anesthesia. GRE scores are required. Processing of the application will not occur until the files are complete at both institutions.
Upon successful completion of the science courses within the School
of Anesthesia, UW-L will award the student 31 graduate credits from the
Department of Biology. All students must follow the Graduate Student Guidelines
- Department of Biology. Completion of the M.S. degree is mandatory for
graduation from the School of Anesthesia.
Applicants for admission to Franciscan Healthcare School of Anesthesia must be a currently licensed registered nurse with a B.S.N. degree or a Bachelor's Degree in a Basic Science, who can meet the following requirements, without regard to gender, age, race, creed, color, or national origin. Each applicant must:
1. Director, School of Anesthesia
700 West Ave
La Crosse, WI 54601
2. Submit a completed application for admission in the graduate program of the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Department of Biology including a $56 processing fee. You can now apply electronically at http://www.uwlax.edu/admissions/html/gradmis.htm
Classes begin in late May or June corresponding with UW-L class schedules. Enrollment is limited to ten students each year. The course requires twenty-seven months of continuous study. Attendance for didactic and clinical experience is mandatory.
The costs of the program are as follows:
Application Fee $20; Acceptance Fee $750. (The application fee must accompany the application. The acceptance fee is payable only after one is accepted to the school, and it is applicable to the tuition but not refundable.)
Tuition costs for the School of Anesthesia are $750 yearly. Tuition for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse varies from semester to semester depending upon the credit load. Total costs for the entire program are approximately $15,000 for students who are Wisconsin residents and $33,000 for out-of-state students.
Tuition payment for the School of Anesthesia are due on a yearly basis in August while UW-L payments are on a semester basis.
Should any student withdraw for any reason or should any student be dismissed for any reason, the school will have tuition refunded according to the following schedule:
For Student Leaving Before Amount Refunded
December 31 (first year) $300.00
December 31 (second year) $200.00
Franciscan Healthcare will not offer refunds on books and has no control over tuition and fees paid to UW-La Crosse.
The cost of required textbooks, syllabi and duplicating services for the full program is approximately $500. This cost is payable upon entering the program.
Loans and Grants
Applications for financial aid can be obtained from the University of Wisconsin Financial Aid Office. A small stipend for clinical rotations is offered.
Upon entering the school, all students are jointly registered with the Council on Accreditation and Council on Certification. The fee is $100 for the duration of the program. After twenty-seven months of training, all graduates are required to apply for the Council on Certification Examination.
Because of the heavy study demands of the program, students are limited to accepting outside employment only on those weekends when they are not committed to the program. Furthermore, students may not work an 11 to 7 shift when they must report to the program at 0700 hours the following day. NO STUDENT MAY BE EMPLOYED AS A CRNA BY TITLE OR FUNTION WHILE IN STUDENT STATUS.
Student Time Commitment to the Program
This program provides for flexible integrated time commitment management. The program commitments include:
Additional clinical experience in general surgery and specialized procedures (open-heart) is obtained at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center during the second year of study. This rotation is approximately 4 weeks in length. Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center is within walking distance of Franciscan Medical Center.
Clinical rotations are also available with Community Memorial Hospital in Winona, Minnesota and Vernon Memorial Hospital (CRNA only practice) in Viroqua, Wisconsin. These sites provide students with regional anesthesia experiences in a diverse practice style. Both sites are approximately 35 miles from Franciscan Medical Center. Available to second year students, transportation is the student's responsibility.
Two additional clinical sties have been established and scheduled for 'off class time periods' (semester breaks and summer sessions). One is located in Burlington, Wisconsin which is approximately 250 miles from Franciscan Medical Center. This rotation provides students experiences in a pain management clinic at the Memorial Hospital of Burlington. The second site is at Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. This is also a CRNA only practice site offering the student experiences in regional and pain management services. A stipend for travel and room and board expenses is available for clinical rotations
Franciscan Healthcare is an Equal Right, Non-Discrimination employer. The Franciscan Healthcare School of Anesthesia prescribes to the Equal Rights and Non-Discrimination Regulations mandated by the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Human Services. With respect to students recruitment, admission, education, employment, assignments and promotion of teaching and non-teaching personnel, with respect to student and faculty activities conducted on the premises, Franciscan Healthcare School of Anesthesia shall not discriminate in favor of or against any person on account of his/her race, creed, color, sex, religion, age, ancestry, marital status, political affiliation, or national origin.
For additional information contact:
Barbara Jochman, Program Director