A certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) is an advanced practice nurse with a masters or doctoral degree, and board certification in the specialty of nurse anesthesia. CRNAs provide safe, high-quality, perioperative anesthesia care, significantly improve access to care, and are critical to the delivery of cost-effective care in the United States.
Nurse anesthesia students enter our program with a distinguished record of undergraduate scholarship, and on average, three years of critical care nursing experience. These qualities are requisite to the successful completion of the rigorous nurse anesthesia didactic and clinical curriculum. The first 12 months entail classroom and laboratory study, combined with human patient simulation and preoperative evaluation experiences. A 15-month clinical practicum follows, where students learn to provide anesthesia care for patients of all acuity levels across the lifespan who are undergoing surgical procedures of varying complexity. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the national board certification board exam for nurse anesthetists.
This full-time, 27-month program will develop a reflective practitioner who possesses competitive entry-level knowledge, skills and abilities in nurse anesthesia practice. Our students are educated to assume responsibility and accountability for full scope of practice, and to embrace the philosophy of interdependent, interprofessional practice as the means to realize optimal patient outcomes.