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About the Program
This seven-semester program integrates didactic and clinical instruction. The first three semesters of didactic instruction include experience in the human patient simulation lab. Students become familiar with anesthesia techniques and procedures in the lab prior to entering clinical instruction. Students administer sedation, regional and general anesthesia to pediatric and adult patients for a wide variety of surgical specialties including general surgery, orthopedics, otolaryngology, obstetrics, thoracic, vascular, cardiac and neurology. Students administer on average more than 800 anesthetics over at least 2,000 clinical hours. Graduates are eligible for the National Certification Examination required to practice as a nurse anesthetist. The program has a 100% overall national certification pass rate and over 90% first-time-taken pass rate.
Goals of the program are to prepare graduates to:
- Plan, implement and evaluate anesthesia care for patients having diagnostic, therapeutic or surgical procedures
- Collaborate with other health professionals in planning, implementing and evaluating anesthesia care
- Analyze research critically and incorporate relevant findings into clinical practice
- Work within the state to function as a leader among the health care team to ensure safe, high-quality, economical care
- Instruct patients and health care personnel on topics related to anesthesia, respiratory care, fluid therapy and physiological monitoring
For more information, call 706-721-9558 or visit http://www.gru.edu/nursing/nap.php.
Most CRNAs are employed by hospitals, and work in a surgical environment, such as an operating room. CRNAs also may work in outpatient surgery centers and medical offices. Graduates are trained to practice as independent agents or with an independent group that provides services to hospitals and clinics.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, or CRNAs, are some of the most advanced and highest paid of all nurses. The middle 50% of CRNA salaries range from $136,600 to $156,814.
The Master of Science in Nursing programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.aacn.nche.edu/CCNE/reports/accprog.asp).
The Nurse Anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 222 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068, (847) 655-1160.
Computer literacy - A laptop is required upon enrollment. See minimum laptop specifications at http://www.gru.edu/nursing/laptop_requirement.php. A working knowledge of word processing, presentation, and data spreadsheet software is highly recommended.
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Estimated Tuition and Fees
For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Financial Information section of this catalog.