The Department of Nurse Anesthesia began an innovative distance education program in 2004. The purpose being to increase the number and preparation of certified registered nurse anesthetists working in rural and medically underserved communities. The entire didactic MSNA curriculum is delivered to qualified residents of Southwest Virginia and the surrounding area using state-of-the-art telecommunications technology. Replicating this model, the Department expanded its graduate curriculum to the residents of Roanoke, Virginia and the surrounding area in 2009. With the success of the two distance sites, in 2012 a third site was added in Northern Virginia (NOVA).
The Department of Nurse Anesthesia Distance Education offerings therefore include three full-time sites; the site in Abingdon, VA; the Roanoke site in Roanoke, VA; and the Northern Virginia site in Alexandria, VA.
For more information regarding Distance Education please contact Beverly George-Gay, Assistant Director of Clinical Education firstname.lastname@example.org
The Department is additionally pleased to offer its Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program on all sites. Both the post-master's DNAP for CRNAs and the combined MSNA-DNAP are accessible via distance technology to qualified students.