Nurse Anesthesia

The Nurse Anesthesia program resides in the School of Nursing at the Louisiana State University Health New Orleans (LSUHNO). The School of Nursing is one of six professional schools comprising the academic health sciences center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Louisiana State University system initiated nursing education in 1929, and the School of Nursing was established as a separate and autonomous school in December, 1968. The Master of Nursing Degree offering was approved March 23, 1972, with the first degrees conferred in May, 1975. In December 2012, the Nurse Anesthesia Program was approved by the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) to transition the Masters level nurse anesthesia program to a Bachelor of Science (BSN) to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Entry-level Nurse Anesthesia Program.

The BSN to DNP Entry-level Nurse Anesthesia Program consists of 138 graduate credit hours leading to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a specialization in Nurse Anesthesia. The curriculum integrates health sciences with nursing sciences to prepare students as advanced practitioners in nurse anesthesia who are eligible for certification as a certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) and licensure as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). Students are prepared to assume leadership roles in anesthesia and provide anesthesia care to patients in medically underserved areas. Students are educated to integrate research and evidence-based practice into their anesthesia practice.

The Nurse Anesthesia Program is a 36 month course of continuous study. Students do not follow the traditional semester format upon entering the anesthesia practicum series. To provide students with necessary clinical hours to accomplish course and clinical objectives and comply with the required number and types of anesthesia cases by the Council on Accreditation (COA), each semester is continuous with the next semester (block format) with vacation (time off) and holidays appropriately dispersed on an individual student basis.

Laura Bonanno  
Laura Bonanno, DNP, CRNA
Program Director of Nurse Anesthesia Program

For further information about this program of study, please contact the Office of Student Services/Affairs:

Phone Number: 504-568-4113
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