The City of Richmond at sunrise.

The overall objective of the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program is to prepare graduates who have acquired knowledge, skills and competencies in patient safety, perianesthetic management, critical thinking and communication to fulfill their professional responsibility as certified registered nurse anesthetists.

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will:

  • Plan, organize, deliver and evaluate safe anesthesia care
  • Design, implement and evaluate perianesthetic care
  • Incorporate critical thinking into ongoing professional practice
  • Evaluate the postoperative course of a patient
  • Assimilate into practice effective and culturally competent written, verbal and nonverbal communication with patients and families, other individuals involved in patient care, and the public
  • Assume responsibility for professional behavior

 Dr. Michael Fallacaro, Chairman of the Department of Nurse Anesthesia, introduces VCU President Michael Rao to the Center of Research in Human Simulation.
  • Perform, within medically established guidelines, resuscitation of the newborn infant, child, or adult as the need arises
  • Function as a team leader during cardiovascular and/ or pulmonary emergencies
  • Provide effective care and first echelon maintenance on all anesthesia equipment; report defective equipment
  • Effectively conduct and manage anesthesia care in the obstetrical labor and delivery service
  • Demonstrate personal behavior consistent with that of a professional
  Graduate students participating in Anatomy Camp, a unique and collaborative learning experience with our partners at East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, TN