The Nursing Anesthesia Program is in transition to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. The first class for the DNP is projected to start Spring (January) 2018; therefore the Program WILL NOT have an application and admission process during the summer and fall semesters (7/1 - 10/31) this year. We have admitted the last MSN class, which starts Fall 2016. The new application process will begin in January 2017; exact dates to follow upon finalization of details. Please return to our web page for further updates, as we will be posting as details are finalized over the next several months. For any questions, concerns or additional information, please contact the Program Manager's Office at 706.721.9558. Thank you for your patience and continued interest in the Augusta University Nursing Anesthesia Program.
The Augusta University Nursing Anesthesia Program is nationally recognized and has been ranked among the best graduate programs in the nation. It is the only program in the state of Georgia and has been instrumental in promoting the role of the nurse anesthetist in modern health care.
The Augusta University program is noted for its cutting-edge approach and is a leader in integrating high-fidelity simulation into its curriculum. Students greatly benefit from this approach with a 90% pass rate for first time takers of the national certification exam, and a 100% overall pass rate. Graduates of the program are 100% employed as practicing CRNAs within six months of graduation. The Program has a 5% attrition rate for the most recent graduating class.
Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Certification Examination required to practice as a nurse anesthetist.
The Augusta University Nursing Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 222 S. Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068, (547) 655-1160. The program received a full 10 year accreditation in October, 2011.
The goals of the Nursing Anesthesia Program are to prepare graduates to:
The NAP is a seven-semester program that integrates didactic and clinical instruction. The first three semesters of didactic instruction include experience in the human patient simulation laboratory where students become familiar with anesthesia techniques and procedures prior to entering the clinical setting.
Students administer sedation, regional and general anesthesia to pediatric and adult patients for a wide variety of surgical specialties. Over the course of study, students administer on average more than 800 anesthetics over at least 2,000 clinical hours.
James Masiongale, DNP, CRNA