Westminister launches masters program for nurse anesthesia
Westminster College will be offering Utah's first masters program for nurse anesthesia.
"This is huge for the state of Utah. It's huge for the entire Intermountain West," said James Stimpson, Westminster's new Anesthesia Masters Program Director.
The 30-month program will include interactive classrooms, field work, and a state-of-the-art human simulator. Students will spend the first 10 months in the classroom on campus. During the following 20 months, students will acquire field experience at various clinics in both urban and rural Utah settings.
In Utah, 70 percent of the state's hospitals rely on Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). That number increases to 89 percent in rural Utah hospitals where 59 percent rely on CRNAs as the only source of patient anesthesia.
The new program is one of only five in the Western states and one of 95 in the country. Westminster expects to graduate 15 new CRNA's each year. Graduates will be eligible to take an exam certifying them in all fifty states.