Ciencias en Anestesia

Master of Science in Anesthesia


Programs that Plan to Transition to the Doctoral Degree

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), requires that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia educational program on January 1, 2022 or thereafter be enrolled in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree. The program plans to submit its application to the COA for approval to award the Doctorate Nurse Anesthetic Practice (DNAP) degree in January 2022. Pending approval by the COA, the program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in August 2022.

Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting the program at:

Phone: 1-787-878-5475 ext. 3503
Mail: Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Anesthesia Program P. O. Box 4050, Arecibo, P.R. 00614-4050

The DNAP Program is accredited by the State agency "Junta Institucional Postsecundaria de Puerto Rico" (JIP).

Anesthesia (M.S.)

The program for the Master of Science Degree in Anesthesia has as its goal the preparation of a professional in nursing in anesthesia who will be able to perform activities related to the administration of anesthesia under the supervision of a physician for all types of surgical procedures.
The program aims to develop a professional in anesthesia that will be able to:

  • Acquire knowledge and skills inherent in the specialty that allow the performance of quality anesthesia care.
  • Acquire attitudes, communication and interpersonal relationship skills that facilitate the intervention with the patient, the family and the health team.
  • Utilize the nursing process in problem solving and decision making in the practice of nurse anesthesia.
  • Utilize the results of scientific research to strengthen the quality of anesthesia service.
Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission must:

  1. Meet the requirements established in the section "Admission Requirements for Masters’ Programs" of the General Catalog.
  2. Have a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from an accredited institution.
  3. Have a grade point index of 3.00 or above in the last sixty (60) credit hours of academic work.
  4. Have a professional license and membership in a professional nursing association.
  5. Have at least one (1) year’s experience in a critical care setting.
  6. Send two (2) letters of recommendation from individuals who have supervised the candidate in the work setting.
  7. Be interviewed by an Admissions Committee.
  8. Present the following documents:
    1. A health certificate.
    2. Vaccination certificates Hepatitis B.
    3. A Good Conduct Certificate issued by the Puerto Rico Police Department.
    4. A copy of a professional licensee and current professional association.
    5. Updated resume of professional experience.
    6. Chicken pox vaccine
  9. Present in writing a commitment to take the National Certification Examination (NCE) within 120 days after having completed the graduation requirements established in the Graduate Catalog.
  10. Pass a test in anatomy and physiology with a minimum of 75%.
  11. Pass a test in English with a minimum of 75%.
  12. In the case of not obtaining the required minimum score for each test, the student will have to pass the following courses according to each case:
    1. BIOL 3106: Anatomy and Physiology.
    2. ENGL 397E: Special Topic course in the English area.
  13. Have passed a three or more credit course with laboratory in chemistry.
  14. Have passed the critical care course

All admission documents must be sent to the Graduate Anesthesia Program.

Time Limit to Complete the Degree

Full-time Students: 28 months

Graduation Requirements:
  1. Complete the graduation requirements for a Master’s Degree established in the Graduate Catalog.
  2. Present official evidence of having administered anesthesia in six hundred (650) surgeries in different specialties and two thousand (2000) hours of clinical anesthesia time.
  3. The student must approve the SEE with a minimum score of 450.
  4. In cases in which the student does not achieve SEE required score after a third attempt, the student can request in writing to the Program Director to present a verbal exam before the Curriculum Committee. This exam must be approved with a minimum score of 90%.

The Arecibo Campus is authorized to offer this Program. The Program is accredited by the “Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs” (


Information: Masters of Science in Anesthesia

Accreditation Agency:
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs (COA)
(847) 655-1160
222 S. Prospect Ave.
Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001

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Accreditation Status:
The program will be scheduled for its next consideration of continue accreditation in Fall 2021 and the onsite visit from COA will be in June 2021.

Specific academic program covered by the accreditation status:
Master of Science in Anesthesia

Attrition for the most recent graduating class:

Employment of graduates within six months of graduation (2020):

Certification examination pass rate for first time takers (2020):

Program length:
28 months

More information about the program in our brochure. You can download it here. (pdf)

Sequencial Course Plan: Master of Science in Anesthesia

Información de Contacto
Dra. Idalia Ortiz Aponte
Program Administrator
  • 787-878-5475 Ext. 3501
  • Location
    Department Office:
    E Building - Second Floor
    Office E-206

    Classroom - Anesthesia Science Lab:
    E Building - Second Floor

    Service Hours
    Monday to Thursday:
    8:30AM – 12:30 M | 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    8:00 AM - 12:00 M | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Dr. Eldis Inglés Barbosa
    Program Administrator Assistant

    Prof. Iván J. Molina Molina
    MS, CRNA
    Assistant professor
    Patricia Acabá
    Administrative Asistant II
    Ext. 3503