School of Nursing

Nurse Anesthesia

Nurse Anesthesia

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, PHD, DNP, CRNA
Director of Nurse Anesthesia Program

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

Phone Numbers: 504-568-4113
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