About MTSA

Founded in 1950, Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia (MTSA) provides graduate-level education and training of nurse anesthetists in a Christian environment born of its Seventh-day Adventist heritage. MTSA is the only independent, fully accredited anesthesia institution of its kind in the nation, instilling excellence through innovative and diverse clinical experience. A leader in academic, clinical and professional distinction, MTSA is responsive to the needs of its constituents, providing affordable graduate education for students from diverse backgrounds. The campus is located in Madison, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville.

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President’s Message

MTSA President Chris Hulin reflects on the School’s uniqueness and how it benefits students who want to become nurse anesthetists:

Program Overview

For RNS:
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Program — Earn a DNAP degree

Take your nursing career to the next level – the highest domain of nursing. Earn your Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) degree and begin a career in the challenging and exciting field of nurse anesthesia. The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) is a recognized, professional occupation continuing to become more and more important in a competitive, high-tech, and demanding medical field.

Many practice settings are available to the CRNA. Options include working in a team approach by joining a group of physicians and other CRNAs which provide anesthesia in several facilities, working solely with CRNAs in more rural settings, being a solo practitioner, or becoming a locum tenens (traveling) CRNA.

For CRNAs:
Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice completion degree (DNAP-C)

As a practicing CRNA with a Master’s Degree, you can complete your Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) degree in our online program. This program is designed for the working professional and can be completed in one year. Students will come to the campus at the beginning of each quarter for 3-5 days.

Facts & Figures

Awards, Honors

  • Greater than 99.75 percent of MTSA graduates since 1950 have passed the National Certification Examination.
  • Since 2010 MTSA has received letters of commendation from the Council on Accreditation complimenting the school’s National Certification examination first-time takers pass rate. This commendation recognizes MTSA’s composite score for the past five years of 90%, which exceeds the preferred pass rate of 81% for the same period.

Student Success

Students regularly exceed the COA minimum and preferred benchmarks by two to six times in areas of regional blocks, pediatric cases, case time, and total cases. MTSA’s 10-year average for some of these areas include:

  • MTSA Actual Recommended or Required
  • Anesthesia Case Time 2049/850
  • Anesthesia Number of Cases 999/550
  • Pediatric Cases 200/35
  • Regional Block Administration (Including spinals & peripherals) 113/25 (since 2006)
  • The Graduating Class of 2010 posted an average GPA of 3.90 (on a 4.0 scale).


  • Founded in 1950.
  • One of the largest schools of its kind in the United States.
  • A school where clinical and classroom curriculum are integrated.
  • A Christian, Seventh-day Adventist values-driven non-profit institution.
  • Approximately 17 clinical affiliates for experience and depth of training.
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Degree (DNAP) available.
  • State-of-the-art anesthesia-specific Simulation Skills Center.
  • The only single-purpose, regionally accredited, anesthesia-specific, graduate degree-granting school in the United States.