Course Information

for Nurse Anesthesia Department


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