2011 - 2012 Master of Science in Nursing Anesthesia Courses

MSNA 500 Physiology I (5)
An in-depth study of human medical physiology. The Fall semester will include membrane transport, nerve and muscle physiology. It will also cover cardiac and body fluid dynamics.
 
MSNA 501 Physiology II (5)
Second semester physiology will cover the remaining systems, particularly respiratory and kidney function, and will include digestive, endocrine and immunologic systems.
 
MSNA 510 Chemistry and Physics for Nurse Anesthetists (3)
This course will provide the background knowledge that nurse anesthetists need to understand physical and molecular processes as they relate to the practice of anesthesia, as well as many of the concepts that underlie the pharmacology and physiology courses required for the MSNA program. Emphasis is placed on basic chemistry, biochemistry, and physics. Additional topics include a math review and an introduction to anesthesia equipment.
 
MSNA 520 Pharmacology I (4)
The basic principles underlying the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of drugs including mechanism of action, absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion and toxicology will be presented. This will be followed by general discussion of injected and inhaled anesthetics and then detailed examination of each of the commonly used anesthetic drugs. Pharmacogenetic and pharmacoeconomic principles will also be presented.
 
MSNA 521 Pharmacology II (3)
In this continuation course, detailed presentations of other pharmacological agents encountered by nurse anesthetists will be presented. Descriptions of various classes of drugs including chemotherapeutic, antihypertensive and anti-inflammatory drugs will be given. Special emphasis will be placed on the interaction of these drugs with the anesthetics.
 
MSNA 530 Gross Anatomy (3)
A review of the study of human anatomy in an integrated lecture/lab setting. The systems directly involved in anesthesia will be reviewed in-depth, particularly the nervous, cardiac and respiratory systems. Cadaver dissection will support the classroom experience.
 
MSNA 540 Anesthesia Principles I (3)
This course is designed to present the student with an overview of introductory principles related to nurse anesthesia as well as professional aspects of nurse anesthesia practice. Emphasis is placed on the history of nurse anesthesia, preoperative and postoperative assessment, monitoring, documentation, airway, anesthesia machine, the business of anesthesia, reimbursement and payment, substance abuse, professional ethics, quality improvement, structure and function of the AANA, professional advocacy, and practice standards and regulation.
 
MSNA 550 Anesthesia Principles II (5)
A presentation of topics related to the clinical practice of anesthesia including: regional anesthesia, pediatrics, anesthesia and the respiratory system, thoracic anesthesia, vascular anesthesia, cardiac anesthesia, neuro anesthesia, obstetrics, anesthesia and the musculoskeletal system, ENT, orthopedics, laparoscopy and pharmacology review with emphasis on anesthetic drugs.
 
MSNA 551 Anesthesia Principles III (2)
This course continues the presentation of the advanced principles of anesthesia. In this block of instruction the following topics will be covered: anesthesia and obesity, anesthesia for the geriatric patient, hematology and immune function, respiratory disorder, endocrine system and anesthesia, high risk cardiovascular, and organ transplant.
 
MSNA 552 Anesthesia Principles IV (2)
This course continues the presentation of the advanced principles of nurse anesthesia. In this block of instruction the following topics will be covered in detail: anesthesia and the hepatic/GI system, burns and anesthesia, trauma anesthesia, anesthesia and the eye, high risk OB, data interpretation, and pharmacology review.
 
MSNA 553 Anesthesia Principles V (2)
This course continues the presentation of the advanced principles of nurse anesthesia. In this block of instruction, the following topics will be covered in detail: legal issues in anesthesia, allergic reaction, how to create curriculum vitae, anesthesia outside the operating room, as well as personal evaluation testing in preparation for the certification exam.
 
MSNA 554 Professional Aspects of Anesthesia (1)
This course is specifically designed to prepare students to pass the certification exam. This course included sections on study skills, study planning, priority planning, time management, test preparation, test taking skills, test anxiety, and a review of study materials supplied by the national board of certification of nurse anesthetists.
 
MSNA 560 Simulator Lab (2)
Hands on interaction with SimMan. This course is designed to take the student through the chronological steps of giving an anesthetic. The SimMan simulator can be intubated. Student actions have direct influence on mannequin vital signs and care giver actions will dictate how SimMan responds.
 
MSNA 570 Research Methods (2)
This course focuses on preparing students to critically analyze and develop research. Emphasis is placed on reading and interpreting published research in terms of applicability to the health care professional. Discussion groups, class presentations and lectures will use research articles to clarify and expand on key research concepts.
 
MSNA 571 Research Practicum (2)
This course consists of independent study and the preparation and presentation of a capstone project.
 
MSNA 580 Anesthesia Seminar I (1)
This course will focus on SimMan exercises, case scenarios, and standards of practice.
 
MSNA 581 Anesthesia Seminar II (1)
This course will focus on advanced SimMan exercises, difficult case scenarios, and standards of practice.
 
MSNA 582 Anesthesia Seminar III (1)
This course will expose the student to various topics such as the difficult airway and cultural differences that may impact the delivery of anesthesia care. Students will also have the opportunity to hone clinical and critical thinking skills by managing clinical case scenarios in the simulator laboratory.
 
MSNA 590 Special Topics in Anesthesia (2)
A changing topics course.
 
MSNA 601 Clinical Practicum I (4)
Clinical practicum will consist of preoperative interviews and patient assessment, intra-operative anesthesia care, and post-operative patient management. Students will gain experience in intravenous sedation and analgesia, intravenous and regional blocks, and general anesthetics.
 
MSNA 602 Clinical Practicum II (4)
Clinical practicum will consist of preoperative interviews and patient assessment, intra-operative anesthesia care, and post-operative patient management. Students will gain experience in intravenous sedation and analgesia, intravenous and regional blocks, and general anesthetics.
 
MSNA 603 Clinical Practicum III (4)
Clinical practicum will consist of preoperative interviews and patient assessment, intra-operative anesthesia care, and post-operative patient management. Students will gain experience in intravenous sedation and analgesia, intravenous and regional blocks, and general anesthetics.
 
MSNA 604 Clinical Practicum IV (3)
Clinical practicum will consist of preoperative interviews and patient assessment, intra-operative anesthesia care, and post-operative patient management. Students will gain experience in intravenous sedation and analgesia, intravenous and regional blocks, and general anesthetics.
 
MSNA 610 Nurse Anesthesia Issues in Diversity (1)
Focuses on principles of diversity that are not covered in other MSNA courses. Students will be assigned readings from selected texts and journals and write papers in APA format. Specific requirements of MSNA 610 assignments will be listed in the course syllabus. Students will read one text and prepare a summary of their thoughts. This paper should be in APA format, no less than 5 pages not counting the title page. Student papers will conclude with what they have learned from reading this book, how the reading influenced them, and how it will benefit their anesthesia practice.
 
MSNA 611 Evidence-Based Practice (1)
Focuses on evidence-based practice (EBP) and critical thinking principles that are not covered in other MSNA courses. Students will be assigned readings from selected texts and journals and write papers in APA format. Specific requirements of MSNA 611 assignments will be listed in the course syllabus.
 
MSNA 612 Advanced Respiratory Physiology and Pathophysiology (1)
Focuses on professionalism and anesthesia awareness principles that are not covered in other MSNA courses. Students will be assigned readings from selected articles and write papers in APA format. Specific requirements of MSNA 612 assignments will be listed in the course syllabus.
 
MSNA 660 Advanced Health Assessment (1)
This course introduces the theoretical and laboratory components of a comprehensive, holistic nurse anesthesia health assessment. Concepts and techniques necessary for gathering and analyzing data about the physical, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual aspects of a client's state of wellness and preparation for surgery are emphasized. Comprehensive health assessments will focus on clients from adolescence through late adulthood.
 
MSNA 668 Directed Studies (1-4)
Independent pursuit of topics/areas not covered by core or core of elective courses. Prerequisites: consent of instructor, director, and school dean.