School of Anesthesia

The Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare School of Anesthesia and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Biology Department have partnered to develop a program to meet the specific needs of the nurse anesthetist student.

The School of Anesthesia operates within the Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare  complex in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Students are taught in a didactic and clinical setting during the course, which requires 27 consecutive months of study.

Upon completion of the 31 graduate credits required of the program, students will have earned a Master of Science Degree in Biology from The University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. 

The School of Anesthesia is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

COA contact information:
- Mail: 222 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL
- Telephone: (847) 692-7050
- Email:

COA standards and guidelines for educational programs may be found on their website.

The program's next scheduled accreditation onsite visit by the Council on Accreditation will be in the Fall of 2015. 

Program Statistics

Matriculation rates, success rates for first-time takers on the Certification exam and employment rates are listed below and are published on the UW-L website.

  2011  2012 2013  2014  2015 
Number of Graduates 10 10 10 10 10
Matriculation Rate (%) 100 100 100 100 100
Certification Pass Rate (%) - first time takers 100 80 100 90 100
Employment Rate (%) within six months of graduation 100 100 100 100 100

For more program information, please contact: 
  Barbara Jochman, C.R.N.A., M.S. 
  Program Director 
  School of Anesthesia 
  700 West Avenue South 
  La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601 
  (608) 785-0940