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2016-2017 Graduate Studies Catalog
University of Scranton
   
 
  Nov 20, 2017
 
 
    
2016-2017 Graduate Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nurse Anesthesia, M.S.N. and Post-Master's Certificate


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Dr. Mary Jane S. Hanson, Director Graduate Nursing Program
maryjane.hanson@scranton.edu
570-941-4060

Dr. Bernard Gilligan, III, Nurse Anesthesia Program Administrator
bernard.gilligan@scranton.edu
570-941-5530

The Nurse Anesthesia (NA) specialization prepares registered nurses to function in the role of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA). Upon completion the graduate will be prepared to administer all types of anesthesia to diverse populations in a variety of clinical settings.

Graduates will be eligible to take the national certification examination for CRNA from the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists.

Curriculum

The NA specialization is offered as a 68-credit master’s degree for baccalaureate-prepared nurses, and as a 56-credit post-master’s certificate for nurses already holding a nursing master’s degree in advanced practice. Transcripts of students with an entry level master’s in nursing degree will be evaluated on an individual basis for transfer credit.

Academic Regulations

Any student who fails to receive a final course grade of “B” or higher in the NA specialty courses will be dismissed from the NA specialization.  This applies to all courses in the specialization except for NURS 591 , NURS 593 , NURS 594 , and NURS 595 .

In addition to course work, each student is required to complete clinical practicum and residency courses NURS 546 , NURS 556 , NURS 565 , NURS 575 , NURS 585 .  Any student who receives an Unsatisfactory in a clinical practicum or residency course will be dismissed from the program.

Accreditation

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) accredits the University of Scranton Nurse Anesthesia Program. In 2012, the program received the maximum accreditation status of ten years from the COA. 

Date of Last Review: 10/2012

Date of Next Review: 10/2022

Accreditation Status: Continued Accreditation

     Council on Accreditation

     222 South Prospect Avenue, Suite 304

     Park Ridge, IL 60068-4010

     847-655-1168

     http://home.coa.us.com

Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements previously listed for graduate study in nursing, nurse anesthesia applicants must also have a minimum of one year of recent critical care nursing experience, current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification, current Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification, and have completed two courses in college chemistry.  Critical care registered nurse certification (CCRN) is strongly recommended, but not required. 

The deadline for completed applications is October 1 of the year prior to expected enrollment. All admissions requirements for the NA specialization must be met by the application deadline.

Scheduling

The specialization can be completed in 28 months of continuous full-time study. There is no part-time option. Students are accepted for the fall semester to the full-time program.  Most classes and clinical practicums are scheduled during the day. However, some evening classes and clinicals are also required.

Tuition/Fees

In addition to tuition, nurse anesthesia students pay the following fees:  nurse anesthesia clinical fee of $2,500 per year, student nurse anesthetist liability insurance of $275 per year, self evaluation examination fee of $160 per year, and student tracking software fee of $100 per year. Students are also required to join the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists during the first week of the program. This fee is currently $200 and covers the student for the length of the program.

A one-time, nonrefundable fee of $2,000 is payable at the time of admission to the MSN program with a specialization in nurse anesthesia. This fee assures the student’s place in class and will be applied to tuition for the initial fall semester of full-time nurse anesthesia study.

 

Nurse Anesthesia Program Statistics

Year University of Scranton Certification Pass Rate for First-time Test Takers National Average Certification Pass Rate for First-time Test Takers University of Scranton Certification Pass Rate for All Test Takers Attrition Rate Number of Graduates

Graduate

Employment Rate

2015 93% 85% 100% 6% 14 100%

2014

75%

87.8%

100%

14%

12

100%

2013

100%

88.4%

100%

0%

14

100%

2012

100%

88.5%

100%

6%

14

100%

2011

80%

89.1%

100%

8%

20

100%

2010

94%

89%

100%

10%

17

100%

 

28 Month Full-Time Course of Study (68 credits)


First Year


Second Year


Third Year


Fall


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