Distinctions

We are very proud to be ranked Number 1 "Best in the Nation" by US News & World Report.
    • 10-year accreditation awarded in Spring 2011 by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, next review anticipated 2021
    • Located in the School of Allied Health Professions
    • Based in a large, urban Carnegie Research Intensive University with more than 29,000 students
    • Degrees awarded: Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA), Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP)
    • Post-master's DNAP focuses specifically on nurse anesthesia practice
    • Post-master's DNAP available on a full- or part-time basis
    • Curricula offered at four sites in Virginia: Richmond, Abingdon, Roanoke, and Alexandria
    • Affiliated with over 40 clinical sites including VCU Health/MCV Hospitals and facilities in SW Virginia, NE Tennessee, Ohio, & Eastern Kentucky
    • Center for Research in Human Simulation with dedicated high-fidelity human patient simulators at the Richmond, Northern Virginia, and Southwest Virginia sites
    • 87% of university-appointed faculty (7/8) are doctorally-prepared
    • More than 20 adjunct CRNA faculty teach in program
    • Innovative distance education programs (MSNA & DNAP) and School of Allied Health Profession's PhD in Health Related Sciences (PhD in HRS)
    • PhD in HRS accepts 1-2 CRNAs a year

Faculty and Staff Distinctions 

2013 AANA award winners

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Dr. Biddle released his single-authored textbook in 2010, the first of its kind targeting student and practicing nurse anesthetists
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Dr. Fallacaro, Career Research Award from AANA with students, 2010
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Christian Faylar, second place award, 2009 VCU Graduate Student Research Symposium, and recipient of AANA Foundation Scholars Award
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President of VCU, Dr. Michael Rao, visiting the Center for Research in Human Simulation in 2009
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Graduate student Emily Mattingly congratulated by AANA President Frank Maziarski for winning the 2004 AANA Student Writing Contest
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Graduate student Elizabeth Howell congratulated by General Gale Pollack, Commander US Army Nurse Corp, for being on the winning team at the 2004 AANA Annual College Bowl in Seattle, Washington
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Ms. Marjorie Taylor-Goodwin, former Program Support Technician, is presented with the Presidential Award for Community Multicultural Enrichment by VCU President, Dr. Eugene Trani on April 27, 2004
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Dr. Lemont (Monty) Kier, VCU Professor of Chemistry and Nurse Anesthesia was awarded "Virginia's Life Achievement in Science Award for 2004" by Virginia Governor Mark R. Warner

Graduate Students of Distinction

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Graduate students Charles Elam and Brandon Patterson at the 2010 American Association of Nurse Anesthetists' Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington, where their research earned first place in the Scientific Poster Session
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Lukeythia Bastardi, 2010 VCU Graduate Student Research Symposium
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Students Anicetta Deza, Jessica Juarez Pilai, and Lukeythia Bastardi, with program organizer John Bing at Minority Students in Nursing Syposium, Baltimore, MD, 2009
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Graduate student Sam Smith displays his research "Effects of Morphine and Congeners on Opioid Receptors in the Rat Thalamus", findings at the 2005 Graduate Research Symposium in Richmond, Virginia
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 Developed in part as a mechanisim for graduate students to diseminate their scholarly work.
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VCU students displaying their research at NAFA and other research symposia
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VCU students displaying their research at NAFA and other research symposia
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VCU students displaying their research at NAFA and other research symposia