Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
The MSNA curriculum is focused entirely on the practice of nurse anesthesia. The curriculum includes courses in Principles and Practice of Nurse Anesthesia I - VI, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, Physiology, Pathophysiology, Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia Practice, Research, and Clinical Practica. The Department consistently strives to disseminate knowledge using the most advanced teaching technologies including the Blackboard web-based platform, experiential learning in simulation, audience response systems (clickers), computer-based testing, and multimedia computer imagery. Didactic courses in the initial component of the program are conducted by the faculty of the VCU/VCUHS Departments of Chemistry, Nurse Anesthesia, Pharmacology, and Physiology. Formal courses in the physical and biological sciences provide advanced knowledge of the scientific foundations for the clinical practice of anesthesia Additional courses provide students with the academic and professional education fundamentals, including research methodology, necessary for professional practice. Six professional courses, Principles and Practice of Nurse Anesthesia I-VI, include formal classroom presentations, simulation exercises and practical lab activities. Content of classes is sequentially ordered and arranged from simple to complex to provide increased skill and knowledge and continuity of experience. These courses emphasize the integration of theory and clinical exercises.
Clinical Practicum courses are incorporated over six semesters and stress the application of relevant science and research while engaging in direct patient care. Throughout their Clinical Practicum courses, students are afforded the opportunity to plan for and administer all types of currently accepted general and regional anesthesia techniques to a variety of patients ranging in medical and surgical acuity. At all times while in the clinical environment, students are mentored by qualified clinical instructors.