Nurse Anesthesia is one of the Master’s options in the School of Nursing. Nurse Anesthesia practice is based on a continuum of care beginning with preoperative assessment and culminating with discharge from the recovery area.
Nurse anesthetists interview and assess each patient and formulate and implement a plan of care to best meet individual needs. Throughout the perioperative period, nurse anesthetists serve as patient advocates, provide emotional support, and collaborate with other health care practitioners to provide the optimum anesthetic experience.
The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing's Nurse Anesthesia curriculum prepares registered nurses for entry into anesthesia practice. Graduates are prepared to administer a full range of anesthetics to a wide variety of patients across the lifespan. Through an integrated process of classroom and clinical instruction, students develop the didactic knowledge base and clinical skills necessary for safe and effective practice.
Students rotate through numerous clinical sites in Pittsburgh, the surrounding region, and now more distant sites to enhance clinical experiences. The UPMC Health System hospitals are world renowned in the areas of surgical innovation, trauma medicine, organ transplantation, research, and biomedical technology. Rotations including specialized experiences in cardiothoracic, neurosurgical, dental, regional anesthesia, organ transplantation, pediatrics, obstetrics, burns and electroconvulsive therapy enrich the curriculum.
Clinical rotations in community hospitals help to broadly prepare the graduate for practice in diverse settings. Students work directly with nationally and internationally renowned leaders in research, practice, and education. Upon completion, graduates are well prepared to safely manage simple to extremely complex patients.
Nurse Anesthesia coursework is offered in a full time format over 28 months and classes begin each August and January. Part-time study is also available for the core curriculum. Clinical practice begins as two days/week in the first term and increases in both intensity and frequency throughout the course of study. Clinical in the final two terms is 4-5 days/week and is interspersed with clinical conferences and preparation sessions for the Certification Examination.
Nurse Anesthesia considers registered nurses with a minimum of 1 year of full-time critical care nursing experience and a BSN degree. Academic transcripts, professional references, GRE examination results, and an essay must be submitted to be considered for an interview with faculty.
Students are accepted from a wide variety of critical care backgrounds and with a variety of career goals. Registered nurses who do not have a BSN may enroll via the RN Options choosing the RN-MSN path.
The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing Nurse Anesthesia Program MSN and MSN to DNP completion programs are currently accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs until 2019. The Program received a 10-year accreditation in 2009 (this is the maximum accreditation length) and received no citations or recommendations for change.
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