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Nurse Anesthesia



Nurse Anesthesia at a Glance

  • Admit Term: Summer 
  • Credit Requirement: 112 credit hours 
  • Enrollment Mode: On-campus
  • Enrollment Level: Full time
  • Avg. Entering Class Size: 20 students

The Nurse Anesthesia program prepares graduates to manage the anesthesia needs of patients of all ages. Students will develop expertise in the areas of pre-anesthetic assessment and evaluation, anesthesia planning, anesthesia administration and monitoring, and postanesthetic care. The program prepares graduates to administer all types of anesthesia, including general, regional and neuraxial anesthesia, along with sedation techniques. The BSN-DNP Nurse Anesthesia program is designed to equip future nurse anesthetists with the knowledge and skills to translate and implement best evidence into practice.  Additional doctoral education and experiences, in areas such as systems leadership, provide the nurse anesthesia student with foundational elements to improve the quality of nurse anesthesia practice, enhance the safety of patient care and provide cost-effective care to all patient populations.   Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Certification Examination (NCE) for Nurse Anesthetists offered by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA). 

Cizik School of Nursing is the first and only public university in the State of Texas to offer the BSN-DNP in Nurse Anesthesia. The curriculum, approved by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, consists of 112 credits and is nine semesters, 36 months, in length.

Pass rates on the National Certifying Examination (NCE) - administered by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) - for nurse anesthetists graduating from the nurse anesthesia program at UTHealth School of Nursing are high, while programmatic attrition rates remain low.

  • 100 percent of May 2018 BSN-DNP nurse anesthesia program graduates passed the NCE on the first attempt.
  • The last seven graduating classes have achieved 100-percent pass rates on the first attempt of the NCE (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • NCE first-time test-taker pass rates (initial examination) for the most recent five-year composite (2014-2018) was 100 percent.
  • For the past five years, 100 percent of new UTHealth nurse anesthesia graduates (MSN and BSN-DNP) have been employed as nurse anesthetists within six months.

Sample Curriculum Plan

Course #Course TitleHours
Semester 1 - Summer
N6401 Advanced Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry for Nurse Anesthesia 6
N5506 Statistics in Nursing  2
N6152W Physical Exam & Differential Diagnosis  2
N6152B Physical Exam & Differential Diagnosis Lab  1
Semester 2 - Fall
N6404 Advanced Anatomy, Physiology & Pathophysiology for Nurse Anesthesia 6
N6402 Advanced Pharmacology and Chemistry for Nurse Anesthesia 4
N6802 Health Policy, Politics, and Ethics  3
Semester 3 - Spring
N6403 Advanced Pharmacology and Pharmacogenetics for Nurse Anesthesia 4
N6406 Organizations, Finance & Practice Management in Nurse Anesthesia 4
N6418W Foundations of Scholarly Nurse Anesthesia 3
Semester 4 - Summer 
N6101 Clinical and Epidemiological Research  3
N6414 DNP Inquiry in Nurse Anesthesia  1
N6405 Basic Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 6
N6405B Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Lab 1
Semester 5 - Fall
N6408 Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 6
N6408B Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Lab 1
N6807 Evidence-Based Practice Principles  3
N6858 Information Systems/Technology for the Improvement of Health Care 3
Semester 6 - Spring
N6409 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum I (5 days/week) 10
N6410 Seminars in Nurse Anesthesia I 2
N6420W Translational Approaches in Clinical Practice 3
Semester 7 - Summer
N6411 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum II (5 days/week) 10
N6430 Clinical Scholarship Portfolio in Nurse Anesthesia 2
Semester 8 - Fall
N6412 Nurse Anesthesia Practicum III (5 days/week) 10
N6413 Seminars in Nurse Anesthesia I 2
N6430 Clinical Scholarship Portfolio in Nurse Anesthesia  1
Semester 9 - Spring
N6415 Nurse Anesthesia Practicum IV (5 days/week) 10
N6416 Seminars in Nurse Anesthesia III 2
N6430 Clinical Scholarship Portfolio in Nurse Anesthesia 1
Total 112

Nurse Anesthesia Student Profile

The nurse anesthesia program conducts a holistic review of applicants and considers a variety of factors when determining admission. The following information is based on past admission classes and it is important to note that the profile can change based on the pool of applicants.

  • 3.6 GPA
  • GRE (mean)
    • Quantitative 151
    • Verbal 152
  • 31% were from diverse populations
  • 2.5 years of ICU experience (average)

Accreditation

The UTHealth Nurse Anesthesia program (BSN-DNP nurse anesthesia program) is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

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Nurse Anesthesia Program Administration

Myron H Arnaud, DNP, CRNA

Division Director, Nurse Anesthesia (Email)
Assistant Professor

Matthew M Lewis, DNP, CRNA

Assistant Track Director, Nurse Anesthesia (Email)
Assistant Professor