The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) Program has been designed for the baccalaureate-prepared registered nurse who wishes to become a nurse anesthetist. The program offers both didactic and clinical education to enable the graduate student to acquire the knowledge, skills and competence necessary to assume an advanced practice role.
The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) Program is a twenty-four month course of study leading to a master's degree in nurse anesthesia. This program includes a didactic portion conducted at Newman University and a clinical anesthesia component to be carried out at local and regional hospitals. The first semester is primarily didactic, allowing the student to acquire the basic and advanced skills necessary for the safe administration of anesthesia.
During the second semester the student continues didactic instruction and receives an introduction to the practice of clinical anesthesia under the supervision of adjunct faculty who are Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) and anesthesiologists. As the student progresses through the program, didactic instruction lessens while clinical time and case complexity increases. Second year students explore professional leadership issues while assuming greater responsibility in the hospital through increased call and leadership.
The emphasis in the classroom is on anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, and pharmacology as they relate to anesthesia. The clinical component includes variety of anesthesia techniques and procedures for all types of surgery and obstetrics. The student will spend approximately 50 hours per week in the classroom and clinical area during 24-month program.
The programs consists of six continuously-running semesters throughout the year for a total of 60 credit hours.
Nurse anesthetists administer approximately 65 percent of the 26 million anesthetics given to patients in the U.S. each year, and have many opportunities for general or specialty practice throughout the U.S. CRNAs are one of the best-paid nursing specialties, reporting an average annual salary of $159,000 in 2013. Because Newman's CRNA Program is so thorough, its graduates are held in high regard and find they are in great demand in the job market. Currently, there is a 12 percent vacancy rate for nurse anesthesia positions.
Over the last five years, 90% of those students who attempt to take the certifying exam are successful the first time. The national average last year was at 86%.
Because of the nature and intensity of the work, disabled students will be assessed on an individual basis in relation to their ability to meet the didactic and clinical requirements of the curriculum.