VCU: Innovators in nurse anesthesia.

The VCU Department of Nurse Anesthesia is on the cutting-edge of technology in training, research, and in the classroom itself.

Our Center For Research in Human Simulation offers five full-body human patient simulators (HPS) that mimic the anatomy, physiology, and responses to treatment similar to that of a human patient. In addition, we offer our entire nurse anesthesia curricula at distance sites across Virginia.

Both the DNAP entry to practice and post-master’s DNAP programs are offered at all sites, and through two-way synchronous video-conferencing, satellite downlinks, and web-based lessons, students at distance sites take classes simultaneously with Richmond and all other sites.

 

Doctoral Education, From a Distance.

Part of VCU's value and commitment to technology is being able to offer our entire nurse anesthesia curricula at distance sites across Virginia. Both the entry to practice DNAP and post-master’s DNAP programs are offered at all sites.

Students at distance sites take classes simultaneously with Richmond and all other sites. Our distance site classrooms include two-way synchronous video-conferencing, satellite downlinks, and web-based lessons. Face-to-face instruction is additionally provided on-site by VCU faculty as well as simulation laboratory training. This allows students and faculty at distance sites to interact with students and faculty at all other sites in real time. Department faculty also routinely travel to distance sites to deliver lectures, meet with students, and visit clinical affiliates.

We began offering our didactic curriculum to students in southwest Virginia and the surrounding area in 2004. Replicating this model, the Department expanded to residents of the Roanoke region in 2009, and to Northern Virginia in 2012.

In addition to distance learning education, we have numerous affiliations with teaching hospitals across the Commonwealth. We are affiliated with over 50 clinical sites including VCU Health/MCV Hospitals and facilities in Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee, Ohio, and Eastern Kentucky.