• Advanced Pain Management Certificate from Hamline University

    Advanced Pain Management Certificate

    Teaching the management of pain. Partnering for the promotion of well being.

    Pursue a post-master’s certificate in advanced pain management through Hamline University and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). Our innovative program—just over a year in length—combines the convenience of online classes with hands-on clinical work under the guidance of experienced pain practitioners. Gain the skills you need to manage compassionate and effective patient care.

    Topics of Study

    • Theoretical foundations of pain
    • Imaging and radiation safety
    • Assessment, diagnosis, and referral
    • Pharmacology
    • Interventional pain practice
    • Spiritual aspects of health and illness
    • Non-allopathic aspects related to pain


    Ideal applicants for the program will be able to evidence adequate clinical access and professional liability coverage to complete the clinical portion of the curriculum. Clinical placement sites will be secured for those students that do not otherwise have clinical site access.

    While CRNAs are the target audience for admission, other advanced practice nurses may be eligible for admission. Admission to applicants other than CRNAs will be based on competitiveness and educational space.

    In addition to the online application, applicants should submit/complete:

    • One official, sealed transcript of coursework from each regionally accredited college or university attended, both undergraduate and graduate level
    • A three-page, double-spaced essay detailing your professional preparation for, and interest in, pursuing advanced preparation for a pain management career
    • An interview with a faculty member
    • Two letters of reference, at least one of which should document your involvement in regional anesthesia practice within the last five years
    • A writing sample, minimum 3 pages and maximum of 5 pages

    State Eligibility (Online Program Only):
    If you are applying to the Advanced Pain Management Certificate online program, please confirm that you reside in a state where Hamline University is authorized to provide online education. (Eligibility by state)


    Program Details

    19 academic (didactic) credits
    240 mandatory clinic hours across 4 semesters

    • $1,200 per didactic credit
    • $2,500 per clinical semester (In addition to)

    Program Requirements

    Graduates will be required to complete four semesters of graduate study that includes 19 academic credits and four supervised clinical practicum (one per semester). The didactic component of the program will be completed online, while the clinical component will be performed in-person at an approved clinical site.

    Frequently asked questions

    For additional information, please contact:

    Kenny Eliazer
    Education and Professional Development Associate
    American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
    222 S. Prospect Ave
    Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001
    keliazer@aana.com / www.aana.com

  • State Eligibility and Complaint Process

    State Eligibility

    Hamline University, like all higher education institutions, must follow individual state regulations before enrolling students outside of Minnesota in its online programs. Hamline can enroll students residing in most states, but please confirm whether your state is among the eligible states.

    Complaint Process

    Hamline University is committed to providing outstanding online education. If you have a question, concern, or complaint about your online education experience at Hamline, please review our complaint process for online education at Hamline.