Nurse Anesthesia Department

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M.S.N. Anesthesia Plan of Study - Class of 2015.(PDF)

M.S.N. Anesthesia Post-Master's Plan of Study - Class of 2015.(PDF)

M.S.N. Anesthesia Plan of Study - Class of 2016.(PDF)

M.S.N. Anesthesia Post-Master's Plan of Study - Class of 2016.(PDF)

Curriculum Overview

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  • An advanced pharmacology course provides the students with the essential pharmacologic and pharmacotherapeutic basis for advanced practice nursing roles.
  • The core nursing courses evaluate healthcare issues, ethics and informatics in advanced nursing practice.
  • The research courses, also included in the nursing core, introduce students to research methodology and provide the resources needed to critically analyze research articles as well as introduce evidenced-based research into clinical practice.
  • The science course component includes advanced physiology, and three pathophysiology courses that facilitate the comprehension of the etiology and clinical manifestations of various systemic disorders. 

Nurse Anesthesia Didactic Curriculum 

The anesthesia core curriculum exceeds the requirements of the AANA Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. The basic principles of nurse anesthesia practice and perioperative patient management introduce the student to the scope of the profession.

The overview of nurse anesthesia course offered in the first quarter is complemented by a 9 week simulated clinical experience in which small student groups practice basic anesthesia skills, including:

  • Pre-operative anesthesia preparation utilizing pharmacological agents and anesthesia equipment.
  • Interaction with standardized patient actors to practice a pre-operative anesthesia interview and health assessment
  • Hands-on experience with airway management and regional anesthesia techniques.
  • Participation in the anesthesia process of  induction, maintenance and emergence

An overview of professional aspects of nurse anesthesia practice is integrated throughout the curriculum.

A separate chemistry and physics course related to nurse anesthesia practice is offered in the spring quarter of the first year.

Pharmacology I and II for nurse anesthetists provide a comprehensive study of anesthetic agents and pharmacologic adjuncts related to anesthesia.

Advanced principles of nurse anesthesia practice I, II and III, which provide theoretical and evidence based concepts, facilitate the student’s ability to modify the anesthetic management based upon the patient's physiological and pathophysiological state.

The anesthesia seminar course enhances research and writing skills, offers experience with Peer Review and promotes student scholarship on campus and at the state and national level.

In the final quarter, the clinical correlative seminar course encompasses an extensive curricular review to prepare for the program's comprehensive exam and national certification exam. 

Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum

The nurse anesthesia clinical practicum is offered at one of several sites located in the tri-state area.

  • Under direct supervision of certified registered nurse anesthetists and/or anesthesiologists, students administer a variety of anesthetics including sedation during monitored anesthesia care, general anesthesia, and regional anesthesia.
  • Administration of over 650 anesthetics and an average of 1,500 clinical hours by providing anesthesia for a variety of clinical cases including procedures out of the operating room.  Students also gain skill in inserting invasive monitoring lines and performing alternative airway techniques.
  • Additional clinical subspecialty rotations provide anesthesia management experience for the obstetrical, cardiac, and neurosurgical patients. A three month pediatric rotation is completed at either AI DuPont Hospital or St. Christopher for Children. Those students contemplating specializing in pediatric anesthesia may request to participate in an additional one month general or cardiac anesthesia rotation at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.