The Nurse Anesthesia Program offers the 112 credit hour, 9 semester curriculum leading to a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing (UTHealth).
The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs (COA) accredits the nurse anesthesia program. Graduates are qualified to take the National Certification Examination (NCE) of Nurse Anesthetists, which is administered by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA). A full spectrum of clinical experiences in anesthesia practice is provided at several academic and community healthcare facilities. The clinical experiences require travel around the Houston Metropolitan area. The Nurse Anesthesia faculty assigns students to COA approved clinical sites.
The curriculum of the BSN-DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program is designed to provide the student with knowledge, skills and abilities relating to the provision of professional nurse anesthesia care while incorporating the COA doctoral competencies and AACN DNP Essentials.
Upon completion of the BSN-DNP Nurse Anesthesia program of study, the student will be able to:
- Evaluate the scientific, theoretical, technical and homeostatic underpinnings associated with the provision of nurse anesthesia care.
- Formulate a patient-centered, physiologically sound and evidence-based plan of anesthesia care for patients from diverse populations across the lifespan, while taking into account the surgical procedures and comorbid conditions.
- Implement the formulated anesthesia plan in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner to ensure the best possible patient outcome.
- Analyze physiologic responses to anesthesia and the surgical procedure and implement scientifically sound interventions in response to these changes.
- Evaluate nurse anesthesia care to promote improved outcomes, reduction in complications, improved safety and quality of anesthesia care delivery.
- Collaborate effectively with interprofessional teams by fostering open, respectful communication and shared decision-making.
- Investigate the strength and applicability of scientific evidence in anesthesia and health care. Integrate best evidence into clinical practice for the delivery of optimal health care.
- Demonstrate the highest legal, moral and ethical standards of nurse anesthesia while accepting responsibility for one's own actions as a health care professional.
- Generate practice improvement initiatives that impact patient/population outcomes, safety, quality or innovation in anesthesia care delivery or healthcare.
- Demonstrate personal and professional excellence while advancing the field of nurse anesthesia while recognizing the importance of life-long learning.
- Utilize information technology to promote patient outcome improvement and optimal clinical decision-making.
- Analyze and promote policy initiatives that improve healthcare delivery while serving as an effective advocate for patients, vulnerable populations and the nursing profession.
- Exhibit leadership skills appropriate for an entry-level professional practitioner at the micro-, meso- and macrosystem levels to facilitate improved patient, population and healthcare outcomes.