Mission, Vision, Core Values


Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia exists to provide a Christian, Seventh-day Adventist learning environment that fosters the pursuit of truth, excellence in and access to graduate nurse anesthesia education, and a life of service.


Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia endeavors to be a National leader in academic and professional excellence, specific to graduate nurse anesthesia education. The School will remain responsive to the needs of its constituents and its diverse student body.

Core Values

  • Christian, Seventh-day Adventist values-driven curriculum and program
  • Academic and clinical excellence that fosters a life of service
  • Wholistic approach to education, health care, and a balanced lifestyle
  • Graduate education that prepares nurses to pass the National Certification Examination and enter the workplace with confidence

History, Heritage, and Spiritual Legacy

MTSA’s rich history began more than 60 years ago when founder Bernard V. Bowen, CRNA, DSc, began the School built on a reputation for fostering the pursuit of truth, and promoting excellence in anesthesia practice.

Heritage & History

MTSA’s quiet beginning has roots from more than a century ago. In 1904, a group of Seventh-day Adventist pioneers committed to health, wellness, and temperance traveled south from Battle Creek, Michigan to initiate a health care education institution among the poor, and founded Nashville Agricultural and Normal Institute. This School developed and transformed through name changes and maturity including an elementary school, high school, junior college, and eventually a full college. Concurrently on the campus, a health work began with Madison Sanitarium which developed into Madison Sanitarium and Hospital, Madison Hospital, and finally nearly a century later, Tennessee Christian Medical Center. The hospital provided a site for clinical training as the college educated scores of health care professionals. Since its beginning, the School regularly provided anesthesia at rural hospitals across the region as a service – which is the basis for the multiple clinical instruction locations today.

These ancestor institutions laid the ground work for MTSA which began as the Madison Hospital School of Anesthesia for nurses in 1950 as part of Madison College. MTSA started with just two students in a 12-month program, but soon expanded to 18-months, admitting 16 students annually. On July 1, 1980, the school changed its name from Madison Hospital School of Anesthesia and officially formed as it is known today—the Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia – the last vestige of Madison College and Madison Hospital that remains to this day.

Spiritual Legacy

MTSA’s Christian, Seventh-day Adventist beginnings and spirit of dedication and work that led to its development is very much alive and well today. MTSA continues to foster a learning environment encouraging strong moral principles and a close relationship with God. The School celebrates the diversity of faiths represented in its student body, faculty, and staff, and respects the differences of persuasion that are present. It operates in a wholistic approach to life that balances mind, body, and spirit.

As a Christian church, Seventh-day Adventists are a faith community rooted in the beliefs described by the Holy Scriptures (both Old and New Testaments). In harmony with a broad overall mission to reflect Christ in its educational program, and in keeping with its Adventist heritage, the Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia conducts classes with an exposure to Adventist beliefs. 

These beliefs are foundational and common to many Protestant Christians from a variety of faith traditions and include -- The Trinity; The Divinity of Jesus; a literal six-day creation; and, Salvation through faith in Jesus. Yet, there may be some belief differences including a 24-hour Sabbath rest from work and school, beginning Friday evening sundown and concluding Saturday evening sundown, when no school-sponsored activities, classes, or events take place. (A commitment to Sabbath is why MTSA was founded – providing for no work or classes on that day). You too may notice food choices limited to a diet exempt of certain options as a commitment to health and temperance. And, an additional example may be the philosophy of encouraging a life of service. As Christ served others, it is MTSA’s wish to continue following His pattern, while exhibiting this through learning, scholarship, and ministry to our fellow man.

It is the School’s desire to honor the Bible and follow Christ’s example. For more information regarding the Church visit www.adventist.org.

Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia

As the Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia begins its next 60 years of service, its future continues to strengthen through the development of programs, services, and facilities to instruct the next generation of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. A new Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Degree has been approved by the School’s Board of Trustees to begin as early as 2012. 

Awards, Honors

  • Greater than 99.75 percent of MTSA graduates since 1950 have passed the National Certification Examination.
  • In 2010 MTSA received a letter of commendation (for the third consecutive year) 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.
  • 10-year re-affirmation of accreditation from both the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

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.
  • 23 clinical affiliates for experience and depth of training.
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Degree (DNAP) availalbe.
  • 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.

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