Nurse Anesthesia

Busy times, great successes and exciting opportunities abound in the Department of Nurse Anesthesia at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. We graduated 21 nurse anesthesia practitioners in June from our class of 2014 and twenty-five excited students were admitted to the Class of 2017, in September.

Over the past year, we have finalized our completion-level and entry-level Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice degree (DNAP) programs-of-study, revised many of our existing courses, developed an entire collection of new courses and revamped our nurse anesthesia dedicated simulation facilities by adding a second, hands-on laboratory complete with over 20 partial task trainers and new fiber optic and ultrasound equipment. Soon we will replace our existing anesthesia machine with a state-of-the-art Fabius machine to complete this year’s improvements. In a companion move, simulation education has been reinvented to better match the needs of our students with the instruction by our faculty We are not to Nirvana yet…but we are on the right road, pointed in the right direction and coursing full speed ahead!

Our completion-level DNAP degree program is scheduled to launch in June of 2015, and our entry-level DNAP degree program will admit its first doctoral class in September 2015. We are now soliciting interest for these inaugural cohorts, and we would love to have you counted in this number. The completion-level program was created for current Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) who wish to earn a DNAP degree. Our program is completed online making it convenient from any location and for any schedule, and has been designed as a part-time program of study that can be completed in 24 months. Each course has a nurse anesthesia focused component, and provides you the opportunity to expand your scope of knowledge in a multitude of areas including health policy and finance, leadership, outcomes management, and anesthesia safety; as well as provide you the opportunity to develop expertise in the analysis and application of research studies to your anesthesia practice.

When you enroll to complete your DNAP at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS), you become part of a program that is known across the country for its success. If you’re ready to be at the forefront of your field, it is time to earn your DNAP at RFUMS. We invite all interested RNs and CRNAs to join us in charting your future, and the future of our great profession.

Department News

Attention prospective applicants:

  • The application process is entirely online using NursingCAS. Click on the link to access the application.

  • The application period for the Entry-Level program is January 1, 2015 - June 30, 2015.

  • Interview dates are scheduled for August 11; August 12 and August 13, 2015

  • Matriculation is anticipated to be May 31, 2016.

  • The application period for the Completion-Level program (for current CRNAs) opens November 1, 2014. Interviews will be conducted as applications are received and this program is anticipated to begin June 1, 2015.

  • The Nurse Anesthesia program is pleased to announce its intention to offer an entry-level and a completion-level Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice degree pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs.
  • 100% of RFUMS Nurse Anesthesia graduates have been certified to practice as nurse anesthetists (CRNA).

Check out the YouTube video on ultrasound guided nerve blocks that was produced by four of our students from the Class of 2012. Please view it, learn from it, and pass it on to others! Congratulations to our (now) alumni for this great work! View this educational video below: