Course Information

 

for Nurse Anesthesia Department


Advanced Physiology with Anatomy (BIOL716)

Credits:4

This course includes advanced studies of human anatomy and physiology of the cell and muscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurological, renal, hepatic, and endocrine systems. Emphasis is placed on feedback mechanisms, homeostasis, assessment, and intervention. Basic principles of genetics are also included. This serves as a basis for understanding the pathophysiology of these systems and associated implications for anesthesia practice. Experiences in the cadaver lab are included to integrate knowledge of specific anatomical structures in understanding the anatomical basis of selected procedures in the practice of nurse anesthesia.

Advanced Pathophysiology (BIOL732)

Credits:4

Students will learn in-depth concepts of physiology as they relate to the etiology of disease. Students will learn principles of multisystem function and dysfunction at the cellular and molecular levels, especially as they relate to homeostatic function. This study will culminate in a better understanding of the pathophysiologic processes of the human body.

Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostics (DNAP700)

Credits:3

The Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostics course prepares the nurse anesthesia student to perform a comprehensive history, physical, and psychological health assessment of patients across the lifespan, with focus geared to critical care and pre-/post-anesthesia settings. Didactic lectures integrate select pathophysiologic alterations with assessment abnormalities using a body systems approach. Case-based activities provide opportunities to critically evaluate perioperative clinical findings, identify significant potential complications, and formulate prevention/management strategies. The rationale behind ordering appropriate diagnostic and laboratory studies are included to help develop the student’s critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills to further augment their comprehensive clinical evaluation. Instructor-led case discussions focus on specific aspects of pre-/post-anesthesia assessment, such as disease processes, psychosocial issues, cultural matters, ethical considerations, and spirituality concerns. Case discussions help the student appropriately integrate these special components into advanced patient care evaluation. Supervised laboratory practice sessions provide an opportunity for the nurse anesthesia student to integrate medical knowledge and cognitive processing with psychomotor skills needed for the proper assessment of patients across the lifespan. Continual hands-on practice allows for the assessment of all human organ systems from head-to-toe, providing structured evaluation of the student’s grasp of advanced assessment techniques, including the development of a differential diagnosis, the understanding of medical concepts, and the development of effective and appropriate patient management/plan of care.

Integration/Clinical Correlation I (DNAP701)

Credits:1

This course provides simulated anesthesia experiences related to the academic concepts presented in DNAP 735, DNAP 740, DNAP 740, and DNAP 750.

Integration/Clinical Correlation II (DNAP702)

Credits:1

This course promotes synthesis of current anesthesia topics and research through review and application of current anesthesia literature, as well as presentation and discussion of morbidity and mortality of clinical cases. This course focuses on patient safety during anesthesia and will include research and discussion of aspects of anesthesia related to the AANA Standards of Practice. The course will include student presentations on assigned topics and a written assignment. The AANA Professional Practice Manual is reviewed, to include the AANA Standards of Practice. This course also provides simulated anesthesia experiences related to the academic concepts presented in DNAP 755 (OB); DNAP 760 (Pediatrics); and DNAP 765 (Cardiac/Thoracic/Neuro).

Integration/Clinical Correlation III (DNAP703)

Credits:1

This course promotes synthesis of current anesthesia topics and research through review and application of current anesthesia literature as well as presentation and discussion of morbidity and mortality of clinical cases. This course also promotes application of healthcare as ministry through service to the community with a student-led Service Learning project. Also, students in this cohort may participate as co-instructors with the faculty in creating and activating simulation experiences where students in more junior cohorts are the learners. These students also may participate in simulation related to Crisis Resource Management.

Advanced Pharmacology I (DNAP720)

Credits:3

This course increases the student’s understanding of fundamental drug actions and their effects on human systems. Principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, receptor site physiology, toxicology, side effects, indications, and contra-indications are emphasized for each group of drugs.

Pharmacology II - Nurse Anesthesia Pharmacology (DNAP725)

Credits:3

This course examines the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of anesthetic and accessory drugs used in anesthesia practice. Receptor site physiology, mechanisms of action, factors modifying drug effects, toxicity, and indications and contraindications for use are emphasized. Principles of biochemistry are integrated.

Introduction to the Nurse Anesthesia Profession (DNAP730)

Credits:3

This course introduces students to basic principles of practice in the nurse anesthesia profession. Pre-operative patient assessment, anesthetic record keeping, informed consent, airway examination, anesthesia monitoring, patient positioning, ASA classification, and basic anesthesia techniques are explored. This course also introduces students to the AANA’s Code of Ethics for the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. Additionally, students will review concepts of wellness and develop a personalized wellness plan.

Principles of Science and Technology for Nurse Anesthesia (DNAP735)

Credits:3

This course integrates principles of chemistry and physics germane to anesthesia practice. An in depth exploration of the anesthesia workstation and its components is also conducted. Students develop skills in pre-operative preparation of the anesthetizing environment and anesthesia workstation check. Principles of safety and infection control are also applied.

Basic Principles and Techniques of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP740)

Credits:4

This course provides a beginning foundation for students to plan and implement nurse anesthesia care in healthy patients. Topics include designing and implementing individualized anesthesia care plans; basic airway management; principles of anesthesia induction, maintenance, and emergence; anesthesia complications in the healthy patient; and anesthesia for basic abdominal, urologic, orthopedic, ocular, and ENT procedures. Simulator laboratory experience and operating room observation time is provided for students to develop beginning level airway and anesthesia management skills.

Clinical Orientation (DNAP741)

Credits:1

This course builds on the academic/didactic material from the first two trimesters directed toward participating in clinical anesthesia and prepares the student to take these principles and incorporate them into practice in the clinical area. This course includes presentations by NAP CRNA faculty, some clinical preceptor representatives, senior SRNA graduate teaching assistants, FH OR leaders, and a workshop with a certified mental health counselor regarding appropriate assertive perioperative communication techniques, as well as a workshop with FH IT personnel regarding use of the FH SurgiNet and Cerner systems. The course also requires students to reflect on the on-site orientations to various clinical sites that occurred during the Fall trimester. The classroom components are concentrated during the week following the Fall trimester final examinations.

Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia (DNAP745)

Credits:4

This course builds upon previous knowledge for students to plan and implement nurse anesthesia care for patients with moderate pathology or undergoing increasingly complex procedures. Topics include regional block insertion and management, landmarks and ultrasound-guided peripheral and central venous access, radiologic interpretation of central venous access, acute pain management, and chronic pain management.

Principles of Nurse Anesthesia for Patients with Co-Existing Diseases,Trauma,and Across the Lifespan (DNAP750)

Credits:3

This course builds upon previous knowledge for students to plan and implement nurse anesthesia care in patients with co-existing diseases. Topics include: anesthesia for patients with neuromuscular or skeletal muscle disease, cardiac disease (for non-cardiac surgery), hematologic disorders, with psychiatric/ mental disorders, renal dysfunction, hepatic disorders including liver transplant, and trauma management. Topics related to the special needs of geriatric patients are discussed.

Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Across the Lifespan - Pediatrics (DNAP755)

Credits:2

This course builds upon previous knowledge for students to plan and implement nurse anesthesia care for patients across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed upon the effects of age related physiology and implications for anesthesia administration, with a specific focus on pediatric patients. Topics related to the special needs of pediatric, obstetric, and geriatric patients are discussed.

Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Across the Lifespan - Obstetrics (DNAP760)

Credits:2

This course builds upon previous knowledge for students to plan and implement nurse anesthesia care for patients across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed upon the effects of age related physiology and implications for anesthesia administration. Topics related to the special needs of obstetric patients are discussed.

Principles of Nurse Anesthesia for Complex Patients and Procedures (DNAP765)

Credits:3

This course builds upon previous knowledge for students to plan and implement nurse anesthesia care for complex patients and procedures. Emphasis is placed on the effects of moderate to severe pathophysiology and their implications for anesthesia administration.

Professional Issues in Nurse Anesthesia (DNAP770)

Credits:0

This course explores issues related to nurse anesthetists in the roles of educator, business manager, consultant, researcher, entrepreneur, and influencer of public policy. This includes content regarding the business of nurse anesthesia practice management, such as basic reimbursement methodologies and payment policies specific to nurse anesthesia.

Research II: Literature Review (DNAP791)

Credits:1

Based on projects/research questions selected in Research I, students begin the process of research design. This includes a critical review of the literature, identification of research methods, instrumentation, and study designs appropriate for, and applied to the selected research question. Students complete CITI certification.

Integration/Clinical Correlation IV (DNAP804)

Credits:1

This course promotes continuing synthesis of current anesthesia topics and research through review and application of current anesthesia literature to service, leadership roles, and healthcare as ministry. This course also promotes application of healthcare as ministry through service to the community with a student-led Service Learning project. Furthermore, students in this course may participate as co-instructors with the faculty in creating and activating simulation experiences where students in earlier cohorts are the learners. These students also may participate in simulation related to Crisis Resource Management.

Integration/Clinical Correlation V (DNAP805)

Credits:1

This course promotes continuing synthesis of current anesthesia topics and research through review and application of current anesthesia literature to service, leadership roles, and healthcare as ministry. Furthermore, students in this course may participate as co-instructors with the faculty in creating and activating simulation experiences where students in more junior cohorts are the learners. These students also may participate in simulation related to Crisis Resource Management.

Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum I (DNAP811)

Credits:6

During this practicum course, students are provided with introductory clinical experiences an average of three days per week, for patients undergoing routine surgical procedures. The objectives are to move from "Novice” in Clinical Practicum I to at least "Proficient" by Clinical Practical VI & VII.

Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum II (DNAP812)

Credits:6

During this practicum course, students continue to be provided with introductory clinical experiences an average of three days per week, for patients undergoing routine surgical procedures. Clinical experiences will also include anesthesia techniques specific to acute and chronic pain management, which may include administration of various regional anesthesia techniques. The objectives are to move from "Advanced Beginner” in Clinical Practicum II to at least "Proficient" by Clinical Practicum VI & VII.

Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum III (DNAP813)

Credits:8

During this practicum course, students are provided with clinical experiences an average of four days per week, for specialized populations, surgical specialties, and complex patients across the lifespan and critically ill populations. The objectives are to move from "Competent” in Clinical Practicum III to at least "Proficient" by Clinical Practicium VI & VII.

Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum IV (DNAP814)

Credits:8

During this practicum course, students continue to be provided with clinical experiences an average of four days per week, for specialized populations, surgical specialties, and complex patients across the lifespan and critically ill populations. These experiences build on those skills accomplished in previous Clinical Practicium. The objectives are to move from "Competent” in Clinical Practicum IV to at least "Proficient" by Clinical Practicum VI & VII.

Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum V (DNAP815)

Credits:8

During this practicum course, students are provided with clinical experiences an average of four days per week, for complex patients across the lifespan and critically ill populations. These experiences build on those skills accomplished in previous Clinical Practica. Additionally, to assist in the transition from the student role to that of a full contributing member of the anesthesia care team, students in good standing may also be provided with more independence in their clinical experiences, whereby they are supervised on a 1:2 preceptor to student ratio by preceptors who are immediately available in all clinical areas. At no time is the supervision ratio to exceed two students to one preceptor. Supervisory ratios are decided by the clinical preceptors and program faculty in light of the level of the student, complexity of the case, anesthetic plan, surgical procedure, and experience of the preceptor, and will represent a conservative approach when considering increasing the supervision ratios. The objectives are to move from "Competent” in Clinical Practicum V to at least "Proficient" by Clinical Practicicum VI & VII.

Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum VI (DNAP816)

Credits:6

During this practicum course, students are provided with clinical experiences an average of three days per week, to assist in the transition from student to full contributing member of the anesthesia care team. These experiences build on those skills accomplished in previous Clinical Practica. These students may also be provided with more independence in their clinical experiences, whereby they are supervised on a 1:2 preceptor to student ratio by preceptors who are immediately available in all clinical areas. At no time is the supervision ratio to exceed two students to one preceptor. Supervisory ratios are decided by the clinical preceptors and program faculty in light of the level of the student, complexity of the case, anesthetic plan, surgical procedure, and experience of the preceptor, and will represent a conservative approach when considering increasing the supervision ratios.

Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum VII (DNAP817)

Credits:6

During this practicum course, students are provided with clinical experiences an average of three days per week, to assist in the transition from student to full contributing member of the anesthesia care team. These experiences build on those skills accomplished in previous Clinical Practica. These advanced students may also be provided with more independence in their clinical experiences, whereby they are supervised on a 1:2 preceptor to student ratio by preceptors who are immediately available in all clinical areas. At no time is the supervision ratio to exceed two students to one preceptor. Supervisory ratios are decided by the clinical preceptors and program faculty in light of the level of the student, complexity of the case, anesthetic plan, surgical procedure, and experience of the preceptor, and will represent a conservative approach when considering increasing the supervision ratios.

Nurse Anesthesia Principles Review I (DNAP880)

Credits:2

This course provides students with a general overall review of anesthesia content to aid in preparation for taking the National Certification Examination. Content review is presented through some lecture but primarily through computerized practice examinations so that students may identify individualized content areas requiring additional review and study.

Nurse Anesthesia Principles Review II (DNAP881)

Credits:3

This course is a continuation of DNAP880, and continues to provide students with a general overall review of anesthesia content to aid in preparation for taking the National Certification Examination. Content review is presented through some lecture but primarily through computerized practice examinations so that students may identify individualized content areas requiring additional review and study.

Research III: Implementation (DNAP891)

Credits:1

This course advances the development and completion of the selected scholarly project. Data collection and analysis are advanced under the direction of the project mentor, with periodic consultation from course coordinator.

Research IV: Dissemination (DNAP893)

Credits:1

This course is a culminating research experience that includes the completion of a scholarly project in a format suitable for dissemination in a selected peer-reviewed journal and a poster summarizing the scholarly project and its findings.

Ethical Issues and Public Policy (HTCA733)

Credits:3

This course will expose students to the principles of business ethics as well as understanding ethical dilemmas. In the process of reviewing these general principles, students will consider and develop their own prioritized values that would apply to their anticipated work in healthcare organizations. Students will also learn about the legislative, regulatory, and policy issues related to the management and provision of healthcare. Students will explore in-depth issues such as cost and value in healthcare, modes of financing within various healthcare systems, and how diversity and multicultural issues affect the administration of healthcare. Moreover, students will learn the element of corporation, agency, and administrative law that influence the healthcare industry. This course will help students gain a better understanding of the sociopolitical forces that impact the formation, adaptation, regulation, and sustainability of healthcare.

Information Systems and Healthcare Informatics (HTCA813)

Credits:3

This course provides the student with a conceptual framework for data base development, relational data management, use of health statistics, health indicators, confidentiality, security and privacy in a healthcare setting. Meaningful case studies are considered to help take aim at today’s challenges while laying the groundwork for the changes ahead.

Healthcare Finance (HTCA833)

Credits:3

This course introduces healthcare providers in leadership roles to essential concepts in finance. This includes content regarding the business of practice management, such as reimbursement methodologies and payment policies. Additionally, it addresses concepts of responsibility of leadership related to finance. Topics include: qualitative assessment and healthcare financial management, effect of financial management on the changing face of healthcare, tax status of healthcare organizations, third-party payer system, Medicare and Medicaid, determining product costs, reimbursement methodologies, managing working capital, managing revenue cycle, managing materials, operating budgets, capital budgets; and financial analysis.

Population Health Management (HTCA845)

Credits:3

This course will provide students with training in the measurement, analysis, method, language, models, and concepts of population health. The course clarifies how an understanding of determinants of health can influence public policy, planning, and research to promote a healthier society with greater health equity. By the end of the course, students will understand the relationship between health care and individual and population health, and be able to combine that knowledge with critical thinking to identify, evaluate, and address issues in health care and population health, collaboratively. Students will be able to apply statistical and epidemiological methods to clinical and managerial decision making and to interpreting and appraising the literature on health care delivery. They will be able to analyze the forces, explicit (e.g. legal, financial) and implicit (e.g. historical, cultural), that influence individual and population health and the health care delivery. Students will evaluate the structure and function of front line systems in healthcare and apply principles and practices that improve processes, outcomes, and value. Students will explore healthcare quality and patient safety as related to nurse anesthesia. Students will be introduced to patient safety problems and high risk contexts for error occurrence. Students will examine error theory, as well as methods for risk assessment and patient safety improvement as related to nurse anesthesia.

Clinical Conference I (MSNA501)

Credits:1

This course promotes beginning synthesis of current anesthesia topics and research through review and application of current anesthesia literature to service and healthcare as ministry.

Clinical Conference II (MSNA502)

Credits:1

This course promotes synthesis of current anesthesia topics and research through review and application of current anesthesia literature, as well as presentation and discussion of morbidity and mortality of clinical cases.

Clinical Conference III (MSNA503)

Credits:1

This course promotes synthesis of current anesthesia topics and research through review and application of current anesthesia literature, as well as presentation and discussion of morbidity and mortality of clinical cases.

Clinical Conference IV (MSNA504)

Credits:1

This course promotes the synthesis of current anesthesia topics and research through review and application of current anesthesia literature as related to service and healthcare as ministry.

Pharmacology in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA524)

Credits:3

This course examines the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of anesthetic and accessory drugs used in anesthesia practice. Receptor site physiology, mechanisms of action, factors modifying drug effects, toxicity, and indications and contraindications for use are emphasized. Principles of biochemistry are integrated.

Introduction to Nurse Anesthesia Practice (MSNA530)

Credits:2

This course introduces the student to basic principles of nurse anesthesia practice. Pre-operative patient assessment, anesthetic record keeping, informed consent, airway examination, anesthesia monitoring, patient positioning, ASA classification, and anesthesia techniques are explored.

Principles of Science & Techniques for Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA531)

Credits:3

This course integrates principles of chemistry and physics germane to anesthesia practice. An in-depth exploration of the anesthesia machine and its components is also conducted. Students develop skills in pre-operative preparation of the anesthetizing environment and anesthesia machine check. Principles of safety and infection control are also applied.

Basic Principles & Techniques of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (MSNA532)

Credits:4

This course provides a beginning foundation for students to plan and implement nursing anesthesia care in healthy patients. Topics include: designing and implementing individualized anesthesia care plans, principles of anesthesia induction, maintenance, emergence, anesthesia complications in the healthy patient, airway management, and anesthesia for basic abdominal, orthopedic, urologic, ophthalmologic, and ENT procedures. Simulator laboratory experience, operating room observation time during June/July, and operating room clinical assignments during August are provided for students to develop beginning level airway and anesthesia management skills.

Basic Principles & Techniques of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (MSNA532L)

Credits:0

Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA533)

Credits:4

This course builds upon previous knowledge for students to plan and implement nurse anesthesia care for patients with moderate pathology or those undergoing increasingly complex procedures. Topics include: regional block insertion and management, acute pain management, chronic pain management, and trauma anesthesia.

Principles of Nurse Anesthesia for Patients with Co-Existing Disease (MSNA534)

Credits:2

This course builds upon previous knowledge for students to plan and implement nurse anesthesia care in patients with co-existing diseases. Topics include: anesthesia for patients with neuromuscular, skeletal muscle, and endocrine diseases; noncardiac surgery in the cardiac patient; and anesthesia for patients with hematologic, psychiatric/mental, renal, and hepatic disorders.

Directed Study (MSNA551)

Credits:1

This course provides the student with the opportunity for directed study of a particular anesthesia problem or area.

Directed Study II (MSNA552)

Credits:2

This course provides the student with the opportunity for directed study of a particular anesthesia problem or area.

Directed Study III (MSNA553)

Credits:3

This course provides the student with the opportunity for directed study of a particular anesthesia problem or area.

Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum I (MSNA621)

Credits:4

During this practicum course, students are provided clinical experience in all types of anesthetic techniques. Preparation of patients and equipment, pre- and post-operative patient evaluation, planning and implementing individualized anesthesia care plans, non-invasive and invasive monitoring, and airway management techniques are emphasized.

Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum II (MSNA622)

Credits:4

During this practicum course, students are provided clinical experiences for specialized populations and surgical specialties. Clinical experiences will also include anesthesia techniques specific to acute and chronic pain management.

Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum III (MSNA623)

Credits:4

During this practicum course, students are provided with clinical experience for complex patients across the life span and critically ill populations.

Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum IV (MSNA624)

Credits:4

During this practicum course, students are provided with clinical experience for complex patients undergoing complex procedures. Clinical experiences also include anesthetic techniques specific to cardiac, intrathoracic, intracranial, and transplant anesthesia.

Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum V (MSNA625)

Credits:4

During this practicum course, students are provided with internship experiences to assist in the transition from student to full-contributing member of the anesthesia care team.

Principles of Nurse Anesthesia for Patients Across the Life Span (MSNA635)

Credits:3

This course builds upon previous knowledge for students to plan and implement nurse anesthesia care for patients across the life span. Emphasis is placed upon the effects of age-related physiology and implications for anesthesia administration. Topics related to the special needs of pediatric, obstetric, and geriatric patients are discussed.

Principles of Nurse Anesthesia for Complex Patients and Procedures (MSNA636)

Credits:3

This course builds upon previous knowledge for students to plan and implement nurse anesthesia care for complex patients and procedures. Emphasis is placed on the effects of moderate to severe pathophysiology and their implications for anesthesia administration.

Nurse Anesthesia Principles Review (MSNA637)

Credits:2

This course provides students with a general overall review of anesthesia content to aid in preparation for taking the National Certification Examination. Content review is presented through simulated experiences and computerized practice examinations so that students may identify individualized content areas requiring additional review and study.

Professional Issues in Nurse Anesthesia Practice (MSNA641)

Credits:3

This course explores issues related to nurse anesthetists in the roles of educator, business manager, consultant, researcher, entrepreneur, and influencer of public policy.

Final Student Project (MSNA690)

Credits:2

This is the capstone project of the nurse anesthesia program. While students will be working on their individualized projects throughout the program, credit for project work is given in the last three trimesters of the program. Successful completion and approval of student projects are required for graduation.

Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostics (MSNS511)

Credits:3

During this course, students will integrate knowledge of cognitive processes and develop psychomotor skills needed for assessing health of patients across the lifespan. Health assessments involve the determination of psychomotor, developmental, nutritional, mental, and physical health status of the patient; the student also identifies appropriate diagnostic tests to assist in health assessment.

Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostics Lab (MSNS511L)

Credits:0

Research I: Methods (RSCH790)

Credits:3

This course provides students with an overview of quantitative and qualitative research designs and data analysis methodologies. Students explore ethics for research with human subjects, principles of scientific research, research design, measurement characteristics, types of applied statistics, data collection, sampling, and general categories of data analyses through critical examination of published studies. Principles of evidence-based practice, including clinical question formulation and the identification of appropriate information sources, are incorporated in order to assess the scientific support for, and to direct decision-making in, the practice of nurse anesthesia.