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Courses

 

Pharmacology I Credits: 3.00
Basic principles of pharmacology, covering mechanisms of drug uptake, action, and removal from the body as it relates to cardiovascular, nervous and endocrine systems. Students will also be exposed to several drug categories, including opioids, local anesthetics and neuromuscular blockers.

Anatomy Credits: 3.00
A general review of gross anatomy with particular emphasis on the respiratory and cardiovascular system, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves.

Chemistry/Physics Credits: 3.00
A study of the laws of chemistry and physics relating to anesthesia. Emphasis is placed on the gas laws, vaporization, pressures and flow, and chemical properties of anesthetic agents and drugs. In addition, application of these laws will be applied to anesthesia equipment, such as the anesthesia machine and breathing circuits.

Professional Aspects Anesthesia I Credits: 3.00
A presentation of topics related to the practice of anesthesia, including the history of nurse anesthesia, the professional organization, legal aspects, credentialing, substance abuse, medical malpractice and anesthesia billing.

Principles of Anesthesia I Credits: 3.00
This course is designed to present the student with an overview of introductory principles related to nurse anesthesia. Emphasis will be placed on the anesthesia machine, positioning, monitoring, documentation, the pre-anesthesia and post-anesthesia evaluation, fluid/electrolyte balance and blood transfusion therapy, pediatrics and regional anesthesia.
Physiology I Credits: 5.00
Comprehensive study of the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the nervous, muscle, endocrine and cardiovascular systems.

Physiology II Credits: 5.00
Comprehensive study of the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the respiratory, neurology and renal systems.

Pharmacology II Credits: 4.00
This course will provide the student nurse anesthetist with detailed information regarding the pharmacological agents that are applicable to clinical anesthesia practice. Students will apply the knowledge from basic principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics to anesthesia. Emphasis will be placed on the following drug classifications: inhalation anesthetics, IV inductions agents, respiratory agents, antiemetics, antihistamines, cardiovascular agents, anticoagulants, neuropsychiatric agents and chemotherapeutic agents.

Research Methods Seminar Credits: 3.00
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.

Research Practicum I Credits:3.00
This course consists of independent study and the preparation and presentation of a capstone project.

Anesthesia Seminar I Credit: 1.00
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.

Anesthesia Seminar II Credit: 1.00
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.

Anesthesia Seminar III Credit: 1.00
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.

Simulator Lab Credit: 2.00
Hands on interaction in a simulated operating room environment with operating room table, intubatable mannequin, fully functioning anesthesia machine (old and new models), and a fully stocked anesthesia cart. This course is designed to take the student through the chronological steps of giving an anesthetic. Students will manage  series of simulated adverse events in a variety of patient care settings. Simulated events will primarily focus on topics relevant to the practice of nurse anesthesia. Simulated events will include: Uncomplicated neonatal, pediatric, adult, and geriatric cases. Complicated cases will also be simulated in the simulation environment and will include (but not limited to) management of a difficult airway, management of an adverse respiratory event, management of a significant hemodynamic situation, skills in crisis resource management, management of infrequently occurring adverse events and equipment malfunctions.

Principles of Anesthesia II Credits: 3.00
This course continues the presentation of the advances principles of anesthesia. In this block of instruction, the following topics will be covered: respiratory, hepatorenal, vascular, cardiac, vascular, neuroanesthesia and anesthesia for endocrine pathophysiology.

Principles of Anesthesia III Credits: 3.00
This course continues the presentation of the advanced principles of nurse anesthesia. In this block of instruction, the following topics will be discussed in detail: regional anesthesia, obstetrics, pediatrics, and anesthesia for ear, nose and throat surgery.

Principles of Anesthesia IV Credits: 3.00
This course continues the presentation of the advanced principles of nurse anesthesia. In this block of instruction, the following topics will be discussed in detail: organ transplantation, ambulatory and outpatient surgery as well as anesthesia in remote locations, geriatrics/conscious sedation, trauma/burns, and anesthesia for musculoskeletal diseases.