The Augusta University Nurse Anesthesia Program has applied to the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) to transition our program to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) entry level. A decision is expected June 16, 2017. Our application will be open from December 12, 2016 to March 10, 2017. Applicants who are interviewed and offered admission will be offered admission for January 2018 to the DNP entry level program, pending approval by the COA. In the event the transition is delayed by the COA, the applicants offered admission will begin the Masters entry level program August 2016.
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