The mission of the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) program at Westminster College is to provide an academic environment, which allows nurse anesthesia students to master the intellectual and technical skills required to become competent in the safe administration of anesthesia. The program accomplishes this by admitting a select group of experienced, graduate level nurses and then providing them with the highest level of didactic, anesthesia simulation and clinical site experiences. Our nurse anesthesia graduates develop life-long critical thinking skills and the professionalism needed to become compassionate, patient-centered anesthesia providers in solo practice or within anesthesia care teams.
We are committed to upholding the standards set forth by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and the Council on Accreditation (COA) to produce skilled nurse anesthetists who are qualified to sit for the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) Examination.
By this educational endeavor, it is the mission of the MSNA program at Westminster College to contribute to filling the urban and rural community needs for anesthesia providers.
A graduate of the MSNA program will be prepared to:
See the Admission to the College section for admission requirements.
The student must:
At the time a student demonstrates unsatisfactory achievement in a nurse anesthesia (MSNA) course, the faculty will confer with the student. A written academic warning does not constitute dismissal; however, it does require a change in behavior in order to maintain progression within the nurse anesthesia (MSNA) program. The written warning will outline what the student must do to meet the course requirements and change necessary behavior. Students will not be on probation more than 2 times during the program or they will be dismissed.
A student may be considered on probation when he/she has:
The faculty member and student may determine the amount of time that is necessary for a change in behavioral patterns. The time should not exceed the length of the current semester.
It is expected that both the student and faculty will identify methods to correct the behavior, but it is the responsibility of the student to maintain the accepted behavior. Failure to correct and /or maintain the behavioral change may result in dismissal from the program.
It is not the intent of the faculty to be punitive in giving a student an academic warning of probationary status, but to alert him/her to behaviors which may compromise the student's practice of professional nurse anesthesia and to help the student to achieve his/her goals and reach his/her potential as a professional.
A student may receive a clinical/classroom warning of probationary status at any time during a clinical experience if the faculty/preceptor determines that the student's performance is unsatisfactory. Performance will be evaluated according to evaluation tools (Refer to Clinical Site Handbook for copies of MSNA Term Clinical Evaluation Tools). The written warning will outline what the student must do to meet the identified clinical requirements. Students who have been placed on probation will be formally evaluated at the end of the probationary period. Students must be removed from probation to progress in the MSNA program. However, any probationary status will be documented in the student record. Students will not be on probation more than 2 times during the program or they will be dismissed.
A student may be dismissed from the MSNA program for any of the following reasons:
The student has the right to appeal this action. Please see the Program Director for the procedure.
Candidates for graduation should apply to the Registrar's Office approximately two regular semesters prior to planned completion of graduation requirements. Applications for December graduation are due in September and applications for May and August graduation are due in October. Please see the Academic Calendar for more specific dates. Candidates are notified of remaining degree requirements within four weeks after applying for graduation.
To be eligible for a master's degree, students must satisfy the following conditions:
Note: Only graduate-level coursework may be applied toward degree requirements.
The final responsibility for being informed about, and adhering to, graduation requirements rests with the individual. Continued communication with the faculty advisor is recommended.
A minimum of 64 credit hours is required for graduation. Clinical cases must include all minimum numbers as directed by the Council on Accreditation. Please see the Program Director for specifics.
|Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia||Credit Hours|
|.||MSNA 500 Physiology I
MSNA 501 Physiology II
MSNA 510 Chemistry/Physics
MSNA 520 Pharmacology I
MSNA 521 Pharmacology II
MSNA 530 Gross Anatomy
MSNA 540 Anesthesia Principles I
MSNA 550 Anesthesia Principles II
MSNA 551 Anesthesia Principles III
MSNA 552 Anesthesia Principles IV
MSNA 553 Anesthesia Principles V
MSNA 554 Professional Aspects
MSNA 560 Simulator Lab
MSNA 570 Research Methods
MSNA 571 Research Practicum
MSNA 580 Anesthesia Seminar I
MSNA 581 Anesthesia Seminar II
MSNA 582 Anesthesia Seminar III
MSNA 601 Clinical Practicum I
MSNA 602 Clinical Practicum II
MSNA 603 Clinical Practicum III
MSNA 604 Clinical Practicum IV
MSNA 660 Advanced Health Assessment
|TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED FOR THE PROGRAM||64|
The MSNA program is designed as a full-time curriculum consisting of 7 semesters.
|.||Fall Semester||Spring Semester||Summer Semester|
|MSNA 500 (5)
MSNA 510 (3)
MSNA 520 (4)
MSNA 530 (3)
|MSNA 501 (5)
MSNA 521 (3)
MSNA 540 (3)
MSNA 570 (2)
MSNA 660 (1)
|MSNA 550 (5)
MSNA 560 (2)
|MSNA 551 (2)
MSNA 580 (1)
MSNA 601 (4)
|MSNA 552 (2)
MSNA 581 (1)
MSNA 602 (4)
|MSNA 553 (2)
MSNA 582 (1)
MSNA 603 (4)
|MSNA 554 (1)
MSNA 571 (2)
MSNA 604 (3)