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Nurse Anesthesia Program Ranks #11 in the U.S. News & World Report

The Nurse Anesthesia Program at Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing has once again proven its excellence, securing the eleventh spot in the latest U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best Nursing Anesthesia Schools. This recognition highlights the program’s commitment to providing top-tier education and training for aspiring Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).

The methodology for assessing schools and programs involves respondents using a 1-5 scale to evaluate peer programs, measure academic quality, and determine rankings based on the average ratings received by each program. Barnes-Jewish College achieved a peer assessment score of 3.4, securing a joint position at No. 11 among the 112 nurse anesthetist programs featured in the rankings. This ranking places Barnes-Jewish College among the top 20 CRNA programs in the U.S.

“We’re thrilled by the recognition our nurse anesthesia program has received for its outstanding education. This acknowledgment directly reflects the dedication of our faculty to provide top-tier education and the exceptional caliber of students who choose our program,” said Director of the Nurse Anesthetist Program, Bernadette Henrichs, PhD, CRNA, CCRN, CHSE, FAANA, FAAN.

In 1929, Helen Lamb, CRNA, opened the first Barnes School of Anesthesia which was re-launched by Henrichs in 2004, securing its accreditation by the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists—the second in the U.S. and fourth in the world to receive this honor.

Throughout the 36-month program, students complete rigorous coursework and invaluable clinical experience at institutions such as Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Progress West Hospital, and Missouri Baptist Medical Center. The program is known for its state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Institute, where students immerse themselves in realistic clinical scenarios and skills labs. Students in the program graduate with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree with a Concentration in Nurse Anesthesia and are prepared to deliver anesthesia care across diverse medical specialties.

“Our graduates emerge as highly skilled and sought-after professionals in the field of anesthesia care, and we could not be prouder of them,” said Henrichs.

As the healthcare landscape continues to evolve, Barnes-Jewish College’s Nurse Anesthesia Program remains steadfast in its mission to shape the future of anesthesia care through excellence in education, innovation, and clinical practice. With its latest ranking among the nation’s top graduate schools for nurse anesthesia, the program continues to set the standard for excellence in nursing education.

Learn more about the Nurse Anesthesia Program at Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing.