Course Descriptions –Entry Level

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SUMMER I

  • CHEM 550 Basic Organic and Biological Chemistry – 3 credits
    Fundamentals of organic and biological chemistry in relation to human health including chemical and physical properties of organic molecules occurring in living systems. Topics include structure-function and acid-base concepts, overview of cellular metabolism, and enzyme kinetics. For nurse anesthesia and health science specialization students only.
  • BIO 517 Advanced Human Anatomy, Physiology, & Pathophysiology – 6 credits
    Functional anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of man. Review of cell physiology is followed by in-depth study analysis of muscular, circulatory, nervous, respiratory, excretory and endocrine systems with special applications to the health sciences.

FALL I

  • BIO 500 Biology Seminar – 2 credits
    Study of contemporary topics in biology through individual readings, discussions and presentations.
  • BIO 519 Advanced Neuroscience – 3 credits
    Study of the function of the human nervous system, including relation of neuroanatomy, membrane biophysics, synaptic transmission, and neural systems to human cognitive function in health and disease. Neuroanatomical and neurophysiological substrates of consciousness, arousal, sleep, perception, memory, pain, and analgesia with emphasis on their relation to anesthesia.
  • BIO 528 Advanced Pharmacology – 4 credits
    A comprehensive investigation into the pharmacological agents and their utilization with relevance to the health sciences. Special consideration given to pharmacodynamics.
  • BIO 598 Research in Biology – 3 credits
    Designed to familiarize student with techniques and resources associated with research in the specialization. Opportunity for practical application.
  • 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.

SPRING I

  • BIO 530 Immunology – 3 credits
    Cells and organs of the immune system, immunoglobulin structure and genes, antigen-antibody interactions, major histocompatibility genes and molecules, complement, humoral and cell-mediated immunities, hypersensitivities, immunodeficiencies, transplants, and autoimmunity.
  • BIO 518 Advanced Pathophysiology and Applied Physiology – 3 credits
    A continuation of BIO 517 with emphasis on organ system physiology and pathophysiology. Cardiac, renal, and respiratory systems will be stressed.
  • 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 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.
  • ANES 500 Basic Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice – 3 credits
    Topics include pre-anesthesia evaluation and choice of anesthetic, fluid and blood therapy, monitoring, introduction to the anesthesia machine, acid-base balance, pain management, post anesthesia care unit, basic airway management and regional anesthesia. Requires lab time in the Clinical Affiliate Site.

SUMMER II

  • ACP 730 Anesthesia Clinical Practicum I – 1 credit
    Structured, supervised clinical training and experience to learn to organize, administer, and manage anesthesia in a wide range of ages of patients. Conducted at affiliated hospital school of nurse anesthesia or their affiliated sites.
  • ANES 501 Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice I – 3 credits
    Advanced principles and techniques for anesthesia in cardiac, thoracic, pediatric, obstetric, neurologic, vascular, gynecologic, urological, ophthalmic, emergency, and other case management; also includes advanced regional anesthesia techniques; anesthesia management of patients with a variety of co-morbidities. Plan anesthesia across various spectrums of wellness, ages, cultures, individuals and families. Coverage of physics and anesthesia machine.
  • ANES 528 Advanced Anesthesia Pharmacology – 2 credits
    Pharmacology of drugs used in anesthesia with emphasis on chemical structure, pharmacokinetics and dynamics of the volatile and non-volatile inhalation agents, intravenous anesthetic and accessory/adjuvant drugs (induction agents, muscle relaxants, opioids, benzodiazepines, butyrophenones, anticholinergics, and anticholinesterases), and local anesthetics. The signs and stages of anesthesia will be covered along with theories of narcosis.

FALL II

  • ACP 731 Anesthesia Clinical Practicum II – 1 credit
    Structured, supervised clinical training and experience to learn to organize, administer, and manage anesthesia in a wide range of ages of patients. Conducted at affiliated hospital school of nurse anesthesia or their affiliated sites.
  • ANES 502 Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice II – 2 credits
    Continuation of ANES 501.
  • ANES 515 Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia – 3 credits
    Practice of anesthesia including professional behavior, standards of care, scope of practice, and ethics, (i.e. social media), political, legal (i.e. HIPAA, documentation), and economic aspects of anesthesia practice; substance abuse and wellness; quality assurance, risk management and liability insurance; government regulation of practice and licensure; history of nurse anesthesia.
  • 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 II

  • ACP 732 Anesthesia Clinical Practicum III – 1 credit
    Structured, supervised clinical training and experience to learn to organize, administer, and manage anesthesia in a wide range of ages of patients. Conducted at affiliated hospital school of nurse anesthesia or their affiliated sites.
  • ANES 590 Anesthesia Clinical Conferences – 2 credits
    Lectures, clinical case study presentations, student presentations and analysis of current anesthesia literature and research.
  • 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 III

  • 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 III

  • 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 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.
  • 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.

SPRING III

  • ACP 735 Advanced Anesthesia Clinical Practicum III – 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 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.

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