We hope the information provided here will assist you in planning a career as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

In cooperation with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), School of Nursing and Health Studies, we have developed the Doctorate of Nursing Practice – Nurse Anesthesia degree program.

The curriculum emphasizes basic sciences to provide the didactic foundation on which our program of Nurse Anesthesia is based. The rapidly changing areas of nursing science, medicine and biomedical technology require the anesthetist to critically analyze and evaluate new data and technologies in order to provide quality care for the patient undergoing anesthesia. Our graduates possess the scientific knowledge and clinical capabilities to meet the challenge of providing high quality anesthesia care, and will allow them to become leaders in their field as practitioners, researchers and educators.

Our program is a 36-month full-time graduate curriculum. The graduate credit hours taken at UMKC and TMC fulfill the requirements for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and Nurse Anesthesia Certificate. Courses taken during the first year focus on basic sciences and include Biochemistry, Physics, Physiology, Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice, as well as beginning Nurse Anesthesia clinical courses.  Students in our program attend many of these courses with students from the School of Pharmacy and School of Biological Sciences as well as the School of Nursing.

The plan of study during the second and third year focuses on clinical Nurse Anesthesia specialty education and Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree requirements.  Completion of the DNP program encompasses the vision of the Institute of Medicine recommendations for future healthcare providers and advanced practice nurses. The degree is guided by the requirements set forth by the AACN, CCNE and COA as essential for doctoral level education in advanced practice nurse anesthesia. The doctoral program of study includes courses in Healthcare Policy, Economics, Population Health, Leadership, Professional Practice and completion of an evidence-based scholarly project.

The Specialty Nurse Anesthesia curriculum includes a broad field orientation, advanced physical assessment, basic and advanced principles of anesthesia, pediatric, obstetric, regional, advanced pharmacology and pathophysiology in nurse anesthesia practice. Students also participate in journal clubs, morbidity and mortality conferences, high fidelity clinical simulation, correlative seminars and a certification exam review course. Clinical education practicums utilize the strength of several area clinical affiliate hospitals which provide the student with a wide and varied clinical experience.


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