The Doctor of Nurse Practice Nurse Anesthesia Program is 36 month (73 credit). The first year of study primarily consists of didactic content in order to prepare the student for integration into the clinical area. Subsequently, the didactic and clinical portions are integrated. The student will gain clinical experience through rotations at multiple clinical affiliating sites. You will progress from simple to complex cases, completing 1600-2000 hours of clinical experience and no less than 600 cases during the course of the program. The student to faculty ratio never exceeds 2:1, and a certified registered nurse anesthetist or an anesthesiologist will supervise you in the clinical setting. You will be placed “on call” during the Spring semester of the second year to gain experience with emergency surgery. Other specialty rotations include pediatrics, obstetrics, cardiac and regional anesthesia.
Each didactic course and clinical educational area has a set of objectives. Both faculty and students utilize these objectives as educational guidelines to meet the learning outcomes in the field of nurse anesthesia.