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Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia | Curriculum

Anesthesia for Nurses (AFN) students are enrolled in the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) curriculum. Graduates are awarded a MSNA degree. Students are instructed for a period of 28 months in accordance with the standards set by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.  The first 12 months are primarily classroom instruction that supports the students' acquisition of basic and advanced anesthesia skills necessary for the safe administration of anesthesia. Students practice clinical skills using high-fidelity simulations.  During the final 16 months, students are immersed in the clinical area where they administer anesthesia to all types of patients and in all types of practice settings. Students are evaluated on their ability to integrate didactic knowledge to clinical practice, demonstrate critical thinking skills, and appropriate interventions in patient management.

Through the variety of clinical sites, AFN students have opportunities to administer anesthesia to complicated pediatric and adult patients in a large teaching hospital and to patients of all ages in community hospitals and rural independent CRNA practices. Students obtain extensive hands-on clinical experiences in administering many types of regional anesthesia. Detailed information on clinical sites can be found on the AFN webpage


Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia Curriculum

YearSemester CourseCredit Hours
1FallAFN-527Human Anatomy for Nurse Anesthetists5
  AFN-650Adv Health and Physical Assessment for Anesthesia3
  AFN-630Research Methods3
  AFN-584Adv. Physiology/Pathophysiology5
  AFN-631Introduction to Clinical Pharmacology3
   Total Semester Hours19
1SpringAFN-510Professional Issues3
  AFN-511 Chemistry and Physics of Anesthesia 3
  AFN-513Clinical Simulation Lab1
  AFN-525Basic Principles of Anesthesia Practice3
  AFN-581Anesthesia Seminar I1
  AFN-628Advanced Pharmacology: Anesthetic Drugs4
   Total Semester Hours15
1SummerAFN-526Advanced Principles of Anesthesia Practice5
  AFN-532Introduction to Clinical Anesthesia3
  AFN-582 Anesthesia Seminar II1
  AFN-514Clinical Simulation Lab II1
  AFN-645Research Project I1
   Total Semester Hours11
2FallAFN-541Anesthesia Practicum 11
  AFN-583Anesthesia Seminar III1
  AFN-646Research Project II1
   Total Semester Hours13
2SpringAFN-641 Anesthesia Practicum II11
  AFN-681Research Seminar I1
   Total Semester Hours12
2SummerAFN-642Anesthesia Practicum III11
  AFN-682Research Seminar II1
  AFN-647Research Project III1
   Total Semester Hours13
3FallAFN-643Anesthesia Practicum IV11
  AFN-683Research Seminar III1
   Total Semester Hours12
   Total Credit Hours95



Last Published with Edits:March 7, 2018 4:43 PM
Last Comprehensive Review:June 2016
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