Course Descriptions –Advanced Specialization

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FALL I

  • BIO 725 Bioethics in Nurse Anesthesia – 3 credits
    Ethical issues in biomedical research. Foundational knowledge and skills in responsible bioethical decision-making behavior to reflect upon, address and resolve the ethical and socio-cultural issues they confronted during professional practice. Discussion of application of ethical decision-making to nurse anesthesia care. Reflection upon AANA Code of Ethics.
  • BIO 740 Leadership in Nurse Anesthesia Education – 3 credits
    Principles of teaching and learning applicable to the anesthesia didactic and clinical environment. Strategies in teacher/learner communication, presentation development and strategies, course and curriculum design, and methods of evaluation pertinent to nurse anesthesia education, multicultural healthcare, leadership and interpersonal communication, and inter-professional collaboration.

SPRING I

  • BIO 736 Evidence-based Practice and Biostatistics – 3 credits
    Review of statistical techniques and their benefits and limitations for clinical research. Emphasis on reviewing anesthesia literature. Include translation of research into practice, evaluation of practice, and improvement and reliability of nurse anesthesia practice and outcomes.
  • BIO 730 Human Factors and Patient Safety for Nurse Anesthetists – 3 credits
    Explores human error and patient safety in anesthesia care. Introduces a systems approach to error investigation and analysis; use of multidisciplinary teamwork for prevention of errors and crisis management; and use of simulation and monitoring systems and other techniques in improving safety in anesthesia practice.
  • BIO 745 Doctoral Capstone Project I – 3 credits
    Capstone project proposal, including the literature review and methodology. Capstone is expected to be relevant to clinical practice, education, or leadership, and is to use evidence-based practice to improve clinical practice and patient outcomes. Students work with their doctoral capstone advisor and committee members both individually and in small group meetings.

SUMMER II

  • ACP 733 Advanced Anesthesia Clinical Practicum I – 3 credits
    Structured, supervised clinical training and advanced experiences to organize, administer, and manage anesthesia in a general or specialty setting. Professional portfolio with written case studies of clinical experiences; focus on methods for determining best practices through identification of problems, review and systematic evaluation of current research, interdisciplinary collaboration, and consideration of economic and other factors that may impact patient outcomes. Conducted at affiliated hospital school of nurse anesthesia or other approved clinical sites.

FALL II

  • ACP 734 Advanced Anesthesia Clinical Practicum II – 3 credits
    Structured, supervised clinical training and advanced experiences to organize, administer, and manage anesthesia in a general or specialty setting. Professional portfolio with written case studies of clinical experiences; focus on methods for determining best practices through identification of problems, review and systematic evaluation of current research, interdisciplinary collaboration, and consideration of economic and other factors that may impact patient outcomes. Conducted at affiliated hospital school of nurse anesthesia or other approved clinical sites.
  • BIO 739 Advanced Topics in Pharmacology – 3 credits
    Study of current topics in pharmacology and nurse anesthesia practice. Topics will vary and will include pharmacogenetics, and acute and chronic pain management.
  • BIO 746 Doctoral Capstone Project II – 3 credits
    Doctoral capstone project research, writing, and if ready, capstone completion. Students work with their doctoral capstone advisor and committee members both individually and in small group meetings.

SPRING II

  • BIO 742 Advanced Topics in Nurse Anesthesia – 3 credits
    Topics include healthcare policy developments at the state and federal levels, healthcare financing and reimbursement, the business of anesthesia/practice management and leadership skills in anesthesia. Lectures, seminars, discussions, guest lectures, independent readings and reports as appropriate for the topic will be utilized. Attendance at the AANA Mid-Year Meeting (usually in April) is strongly encouraged.
  • BIO 525 Advanced Physical Health Assessment for Nurse Anesthetist – 3 credits
    Lectures, demonstrations, group discussions and simulations presenting advanced assessment of all body systems Includes principles of peri-anesthetic care of patients with emphasis on cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurologic, renal and endocrine function; interpretation of lab data and selected specialty examinations such as pulmonary function studies, chest X-rays, 12-lead EKGs, and cardiology studies. Requires lab time at affiliated clinical sites.

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