Administer care at the highest level of nursing practice through one of the nation's
top-rated nurse anesthesia programs.
Graduate ready to be a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Our graduates
achieved a 100% first time pass rate on their certification exam for the past 3 years.
Est. time to complete:
90 (curriculum includes on-campus and online courses)
How to become a nurse anesthetist at UND?
UND's D.N.P. in Nurse Anesthesia program integrates courses in:
Knowledge of systems
Healthcare policy with specialized nurse anesthesia practice education
At graduation, you'll be able to:
Formulate an individualized, physiologically sound, evidence-based and culturally
competent anesthesia plan of care for patients from diverse populations across the
lifespan, while taking into account the surgical procedures and comorbid conditions.
Implement a formulated anesthesia plan of care in a safe, efficient and cost-effective
manner to ensure the best possible patient outcome.
Analyze physiologic responses to the anesthetic and implement scientifically sound
Evaluate nurse anesthesia care to positively impact patient outcomes, reduce complications,
and improve the safety and quality of nurse anesthesia care.
Demonstrate the highest legal, ethical, and practice standards for nurse anesthesia
while accepting responsibility and accountability for one’s own actions as a healthcare professional.
Demonstrate personal and professional excellence by working to advance the profession
of nurse anesthesia and recognizing the importance of remaining a life-long learner.
Graduates earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) degree and are eligible to sit
for the National Certification Exam (NCE), administered by the National Board on Certification
and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA). After successful completion of
the NCE, the student is certified as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
and will be eligible to apply for state licensure.
Becoming a nurse anesthetist is both uniquely challenging and rewarding. It often
entails reassessing current commitments, geographic relocations and personal sacrifices.
However, the opportunities available to you as a CRNA and the professional growth
you will experience are unparalleled.
The National Certification Exam pass rate (first-time test takers) have consistently
at or above the national average with a pass rate of 97% over the past five years
and 100% over the last three years.
The UND Nurse Anesthesia (M.S.N.) attrition rate for the past ten years was 0.8%.
Nurse Anesthesia Courses
NURS 515. Basic Principles of Anesthesia Practice I. 3 Credits.
This course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles necessary for the safe, professional, and individualized anesthetic care of diverse patients. Foundational concepts such as chemistry and physics as they apply to anesthesia practice, pharmacology of anesthetic agents, uncomplicated airway management, anesthesia delivery systems, and physiological monitoring will be investigated. Low and high fidelity patient simulation will be utilized to develop the student's cognitive and psychomotor skills which are essential to clinical anesthesia management. The course will conclude with a clinical component designed to acclimate beginning nurse anesthesia students to the clinical anesthesia arena. Prerequisite or Corequisite: Admission to the DNP Program - Nurse Anesthesia Track. F.
NURS 524. Anatomy for Nurse Anesthetists. 1 Credit.
This course builds upon the concepts and fundamentals of Basic Principles of Anesthesia I and II as it relates to the detailed regional anatomy of the human body. A cadever laboratory experience will be utilized throughout the course to develop the student's understanding of clinical anatomy related to the airway, central nervous system, peripheral nerves, cardiovascular system, and pulmonary system with an anesthesia context. Prerequisite or Corequisite: Admission to the DNP Program - Nurse Anesthesia Track. S.
NURS 608. Healthcare Economics, Finance and Leadership. 3 Credits.
This course focuses on healthcare economics, finance and practice leadership skills related to the role of the DNP prepared nurse within the complex health care system. Prerequisite or Corequisite: Admission to the DNP program or consent of instructor. F,S,SS.
NURS 518. Pharmacotherapeutics for Nurse Anesthesia. 2 Credits.
The focus of this course in on advanced clinical concepts of pharmacology relevant to the nurse anesthetist during the perioperative period. This course utilizes concepts from NURS 505 Advanced Pharmacology and further advances the student's knowledge in pharmacological concepts related to the practice of anesthesia. This course will examine the clinical application of anesthesia specific pharmacologic principles into formulating anesthetic plans for diverse patient populations. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NURS 505; Admission to the DNP Program - Nurse Anesthesia Track. S.
NURS 551. Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Anesthetists. 3 Credits.
An evidence based approach to the development of advanced assessment skills for the nurse anesthetist to formulate the anesthetic evaluation and overall assessment of diverse and increasingly complex patient populations. Individual and group collaboration will emphasize course objectives. Low and high fidelity patient simulators will be utilized to continue developing the student's cognitive and psychomotor assessment skills. Prerequisites: Admission to the DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program; Completion of an undergraduate course in health assessment techniques. Prerequisite or Corequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in Advanced Pathophysiology, or its equivalent. S.
NURS 542. Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia Practice. 4 Credits.
This course provides the entry-level nurse anesthesia student with a foundational knowledge of professional aspects related to nurse anesthesia practice. The focus of this course is on historical perspectives, professional role development, anesthesia business practices, and professional wellness. The student will also participate in non-patient DNP practice experience to apply concepts related to the AACN DNP Essentials. Prerequisite: Admission to the DNP Program - Nurse Anesthesia Track. F.
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