Roanoke Site

The Department of Nurse Anesthesia extended its graduate program in 2009 to the residents of Roanoke, Virginia and the surrounding area in partnership with Carilion Clinic. The Department provides its full curriculum through distance technologies including two-way video conferencing, desk-top sharing, web-casting and web-based tools; as well as, through face-to-face instruction. Both the MSNA and DNAP programs are accessible on this site.


 Roanoke Higher Education Center

Didactic Curriculum
All didactic hours of the current MSNA and DNAP program are delivered via two-way synchronous telecommunications technology to the Roanoke site Classroom located in the Roanoke Higher Education Center in Downtown Roanoke.  Students in Roanoke take classes simultaneously with the Richmond site students as well as with the Abingdon site and Northern Virginia students. Our didactic curriculum is presented via video conferencing technology enhanced with desktop sharing. This allows students and faculty in Roanoke to see, and speak with the students and faculty at other campuses live. A Web-Casting feature allows all lectures to be archived thus enabling students both remote and local to review them at a later time from any location with internet access.

 VCU roanoke site graduation 2014

Roanoke Class of 2014


Roanoke Site Classroom

Our faculty routinely travel to Roanoke, Virginia to deliver lectures, to meet with students, and to visit clinical affiliates. Additionally, dedicated clinical and teaching faculty in the region deliver on-site lectures that are broadcast to the sister distance sites and the central Richmond campus.


Roanoke Site Faculty
The Board of Visitors of Virginia Commonwealth University has appointed faculty who live in the region to include:

Roanoke Site Manager
Maria Hirsch, DNAP, CRNA
Clinical Assistant Professor, VCU, Department of Nurse Anesthesia
Director, Carilion Professional Services LLC

Roanoke Site Coordinator
Gary Hahn, CRNA, Clinical Instructor, VCU, Department of Nurse Anesthesia

Laboratory Experiences

The Carilion Center for Simulation, Research, and Patient Safety provides basic and advanced simulated laboratory experiences for the Roanoke Site Students. The Center houses state-of-the art equipment to include a full body, high-fidelity human simulator, an anesthesia machine, ultrasound training equipment, vascular access training devices and various anatomical models.

Preceptor workshop at the Carilion Center for Simulation, Research, and Patient Safety

Roanoke Site Clinical Hospital Affiliations
To provide a broad array of clinical experiences for the Roanoke student cohort, the department has established clinical site placements in the Roanoke Virginia region that range from a Level I trauma center to a small rural 25 bed hospital. Clinical affiliates include: Bedford Memorial Hospital, Blue Ridge Surgery Center, Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital, Carilion Giles Memorial Hospital, Lewis-Gale Hospital, Montgomery Regional Hospital, Carilion New River Valley Medical Center, Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, and the Salem VA Medical Center.


Roanoke Class of 2013