MSN in Nurse Anesthesia

Although the movement has been toward the BSN-DNP, the Nurse Anesthesia program continues to offer the MSN for interested students. Here are some brief facts about the program:

  • The curriculum of 90 semester hours (32 months, 8 continuous semesters of full time study) meets or exceeds the Council on Accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs requirements’ for both academic and clinical experiences. The curriculum is designed for the student to build on the basic sciences and integrate that knowledge into clinical anesthesia practice.
  • The curriculum has been continuously accredited by the COA and meets or exceeds minimum requirements for academic and clinical coursework.
  • The clinical experiences provided by the program exceed the COA minimum of 550 cases. The program graduates meet or exceed all of the specified procedures, techniques, and special practice areas required. The clinical experiences are completed during the final four clinical semesters (semesters 5 through 8 of the master curriculum). The students are exposed to a full scope of anesthesia practice as defined by the COA at our 15 COA-approved clinical sites.
  • 100% of May 2013 graduates passed the NCE (national certification exam) on first attempt.
  • Pass rates for our NCE first-time test takers (initial examination) for the most recent five-year composite (2009-2013) was 95.1%; All graduates passed NCE in same time period.  
  • The UTHealth nurse anesthesia program has been able to maintain a low attrition rate. For the past five years (2008-2012) the attrition rate was 8.6%.
  • 100% of our graduates have been employed within six months for the past five years. Many of the graduates have secured positions in facilities which serve as clinical sites for the nurse anesthesia program.
  • The program is currently accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

Curriculum Plans

Course # Course Title Hours
Semester 1 - Fall
N5506W Statistics in Nursing 2
N5513 Advanced Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry for Nurse Anesthesia I 6
N5517 Advanced Pharmacology and Chemistry for Nurse Anesthesia part A 4
Semester 2 - Spring
N5514 Advanced Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry for Nurse Anesthesia II 6
N5517 Advanced Pharmacology and Chemistry for Nurse Anesthesia part B 3
N6101 W Clinical & Epidemiological Research for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
N6152 Physical Exam & Differential Diagnosis 3
Semester 3 - Summer
N5585 Fundamentals of Nurse Anesthesia Practice I 6
N6802 Ethics & Health Policy 3
Semester 4 - Fall
N5542 Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 3
N5586 Fundamentals of Nurse Anesthesia Practice II 6
N6807 Evidenced Based Practice Principles 3
Semester 5 - Spring
N5587 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum I (5 days/week) 11
Semester 6 - Summer
N5588 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum II (5 days/week) 9
Semester 7 - Fall
N5540 Nurse Anesthesia Role Practicum I (5 days/week) 11
Semester 8 - Spring
N5541 Nurse Anesthesia Role Practicum II (5 days/week) 11

NOTE:
*Course numbers ending in “W” denote courses that are web-based or mainly online that may require some campus visits.
*Course numbers ending in “D” denote courses that are taught through distance education and include a distance education fee.
*Course numbers ending in “B” denote courses that are clinical and include additional fees.

Accreditation

The Nurse Anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

222 S. Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone: (847) 692-7050; FAX: (847) 692-6968

List of Nurse Anesthesia clinical sites

Nurse Anesthesia Program Administration

Kristen Starnes-Ott, PhD, CRNA

Associate Professor of Nursing - Clinical
Track Director, Nurse Anesthesia (Email)

Myron H Arnaud, DNP, CRNA

Assistant Track Director, Nurse Anesthesia
Assistant Professor of Nursing - Clinical (Email)