About this course
The Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP) consists of 80 graduate semester hours, leading to the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) degree. The curriculum integrates health sciences with nursing sciences to prepare students as advanced practitioners in nurse anesthesia who can integrate research findings into their practice. Students are prepared to assume leadership roles in anesthesia and provide anesthesia care to patients in a variety of settings including medically underserved areas. Graduates are eligible for certification as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and state licensure as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), where required.
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
- Applicants who attended high school or college outside the United States will be required to submit a foreign credential evaluation for that coursework.
- Submit current Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification through the American Heart Association.
- Meet the mental and physical requirements for the NAP, as follows:
- Have sufficient visual acuity to observe and assess a patient, to discriminate color and depth, to read and accurately complete reports, and to visualize diagnostic/monitoring equipment in dim light.
- Have sufficient hearing to monitor and assess patient health needs, to monitor various equipment and background sounds, and to communicate by telephone.
- Be able to speak English in a clear and concise manner.
- Have English communication abilities sufficient to interact professionally with others in verbal and written form, and have reading skills appropriate to understand patient charts, reports, and orders.
- Be able to lift patients to accomplish bed/chair/stretcher transfer.
- Be able to stand and walk without difficulty and be able to push a gurney or wheelchair.
- Be able to stand and/or sit for an extended period of time.
- Be able to perform fine and gross motor skills with both hands.
- Possess critical thinking skills sufficient to think clearly and act appropriately in stressful situations.
- Possess interpersonal skills sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
- Have mobility sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces.
- Have tactile ability sufficient to perform palpation functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention.
- Submit a current professional resume.
English Language proficiency:
- Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction in the United States;
- A minimum score of 570 on the paper-based TOEFL exam;
- A minimum score of 230 on the computer-based TOEFL exam;
- A minimum total score of 89 on the Internet-based TOEFL exam;
- Composite of reading, listening, and writing: 63;
- Speaking: 26.