The Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
The Nurse Anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, or CRNAs, are some of the most advanced and highest paid of all nurses. The middle 50% of CRNA salaries range from $136,600 to $156,814.
Most CRNAs are employed by hospitals, and work in a surgical environment, such as an operating room. CRNAs also may work in outpatient surgery centers and medical offices. Graduates are trained to practice as independent agents or with an independent group that provides services to hospitals and clinics.
This seven-semester program integrates didactic and clinical instruction. The first three semesters of didactic instruction include experience in the human patient simulation lab. Students become familiar with anesthesia techniques and procedures in the lab prior to entering clinical instruction. Students administer sedation, regional and general anesthesia to pediatric and adult patients for a wide variety of surgical specialties including general surgery, orthopedics, otolaryngology, obstetrics, thoracic, vascular, cardiac and neurology. Students administer on average more than 800 anesthetics over at least 2,000 clinical hours. Graduates are eligible for the National Certification Examination required to practice as a nurse anesthetist. The program has a 100% overall national certification pass rate and over 90% first-time-taken pass rate.