Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nurse Anesthesia
The UTHSC Nurse Anesthesia concentration is a 3 year program of study that culminates in a DNP degree with a core concentration in anesthesia. This concentration prepares the graduate to become a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist). The DNP Nurse Anesthesia program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is also fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In addition, the DNP Nurse Anesthesia program of study is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists’ Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) for the maximum length of 10 years.
Since 2002, over 100 nurse anesthesia students have graduated, first with an MSN from the Nurse Anesthesia Program and most recently with a DNP. UTHSC CRNA alumni provide clinical care in a variety of settings throughout the U.S. with a high percentage providing care in HPSA or MUAs. The most recent class of graduates completed the program in May 2013 with a DNP. 100% of the 2011 graduates passed the National Certification Examination on the first attempt, and all were employed within three months of graduation. The attrition rate for the Class of 2011 cohort was 0%.
The front-loaded format includes four terms for didactic information. During the fifth term, the student begins a clinical practicum while completing didactic course work. The final four terms are dedicated full-time to clinical education with the educational experience culminating in a project. The program is completed on campus at UTHSC and the College of Nursing's calendar is followed.
We are fortunate to use local clinical sites which provide a richness of experience serving a wide variety of patients with high-quality anesthesia care. Specialty anesthesia rotations, which occur during the full-time clinical component, include cardiothoracic, pediatric, pediatric oncology, neurosurgical, OB, trauma, burn, and rural site.
Currently, the clinical sites used by our students include the Methodist Healthcare Systems Hospitals, the Regional Medical Center, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Baptist Memorial Hospital - Union County. All the sites are in the greater Memphis area with the exception of our rural experience in New Albany, MS.
It is important to understand the role, function, demands and expectations of CRNAs within the health care community. This information can be obtained by direct clinical observation of a CRNA and from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists website.