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Nurse Anesthesia Program

Program Description

Throughout the first two semesters of theMaster's of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) program, students attend four days of intensive didactic instruction at the Panama City campus with weekly clinical simulation lab.  Late in the second semester students will participate in a month long clinical intensive.  Semesters three through seven combine multiple clinical days a week with one protected academic day for class instruction.  Clinical experiences will include nights, weekends, and call. Throughout the seven-semester program, all students participate in mandatory didactic review in preparation for the National Certification Exam.

At the moment, our program is obtaining the necessary approvals to transition from a master’s (MSNA) to doctoral (DNAP) program. This is because the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a Nurse Anesthesia educational program on January 1, 2022 or thereafter be enrolled in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree. Pending approval by the COA, our program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in Summer 2021. A curriculum map for the DNAP will be advertised following approval from our accrediting bodies.

The Nurse Anesthesia Program admits students once a year. The application deadline for consideration of a spot in the inaugural DNAP cohort commencing Summer 2021 (pending necessary approvals) is December 1, 2020. Summer 2021 Applicant Interview Dates: TBD

Accreditation

16_COA_Accreditation_Seal_FNL_4C.pngInitial accreditation was granted January 21, 2015 by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). This agency is identified by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for the accreditation of institutions and programs of nurse anesthesia at the certificate, master’s, or doctoral degree levels in the United States, its territories, and protectorates. In June 2015, the university was notified that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees reviewed the university’s materials seeking approval of the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia degree program and approved the program to be included in the scope of the university’s current accreditation.

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a Nurse Anesthesia educational program on January 1, 2022 or thereafter be enrolled in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree. The program plans to submit its application to the COA for approval to award the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice degree in 2020. Pending approval by the COA, the program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students no later than Summer 2021. Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting the program at (850) 770-2420 or svandyke@fsu.edu.

The Council on Accreditation’s contact information is as follows:  COA 222 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL  60068-4001 Phone: (847) 655-1160, Fax: (847) 692-7137. Email: Accreditation@coa.us.com

Mission Statement

The mission of the Florida State University Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP) is the advancement of the human sciences through a philosophy of passion infused scientific education, application of clinical education and practice for the betterment of citizens in the community both locally and nationally.

Program Academic Calendar

The Program’s academic calendar ensures that course objectives are met. Clinical practicum courses follow a 365 calendar rather than the FSU academic calendar. Anesthesia clinical practicum placement will begin prior to the official beginning of the semester and continue through term breaks. A record for each student is maintained by NAP Administration.

Fall 2019:   8/3/19 -12/13/19

Spring 2020: 12/14/19-5/1/2020 

Curriculum

Fall (1)

  • NGR6002 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (1 credit hour) This course includes the history, physical, and psychological assessment of signs and symptoms, pathophysiologic changes, and psychosocial variations of a patient as they relate to preoperative assessment, intraoperative management, and postoperative management of patients receiving anesthesia. This course will provide students with the cognitive and psychomotor skills necessary to perform advanced health assessment for patients, across the lifespan, undergoing anesthesia.
  • NGR6400 Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physics for Anesthesia (3 credit hours) This course investigates the concepts and principles of chemistry, biochemistry and physics that are fundamental to anesthesia practice, medical equipment and operating room safety.
  • NGR6404 Anatomy, Physiology/Pathophysiology I (3 credit hours) These courses present, analyze/evaluate anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular, neurological, respiratory, hepatic, renal, hematologic, immunologic, and endocrine systems. These courses also examine fluid and electrolyte balance, acid-base status, abnormalities and management in the acute and chronically ill patient. This course also explores the anesthesia techniques of neuraxial and regional anesthesia.
  • NGR6420 Principles of Anesthesia (3 credit hours) This course presents, analyzes/evaluates principles relevant to the practice of anesthesia: history of Anesthesia, scope of anesthetic practice, documentation, preoperative patient evaluation and preparation, anesthesia technique, airway assessment and management, anesthesia delivery systems, positioning of the patient for anesthesia and surgery, effects of coexisting disease on anesthetic administration, physiologic response to anesthesia, intraoperative anesthetic management, anesthesia administration in locations outside the operating room, postoperative patient complications, postoperative patient management.
  • NGR6431L Anesthesia Clinical Practicum I (2 credit hours) A series of seven courses that allow clinical application of principles of nurse anesthesia. Students will be precepted in the perioperative clinical site. Experiences include application of skills specific to the role of nurse anesthetists. Acquired foundations are applied to multiple patient populations: the routine surgical patient, the surgical patient with co-existing disease, the surgical patient in various life stages, the surgical patient with procedure-specific needs and anesthesia for subspecialty populations. Important concepts include anatomical, physiological, pathophysiological and pharmacological principles. Analysis, integration and utilization of research to improve practice are emphasized
  • NGR6460 Pharmacology for Anesthesia I (3 credit hours) These courses present, analyze/evaluate general principles of drug action, signs and stages of anesthesia, uptake and distribution of inhalation agents, and Pharmacology of specific drug classes: inhalation agents, anesthesia induction drugs, opiate agonist/antagonist, non-narcotic agents, neuromuscular blocking drugs, local anesthetics, autonomic drugs and cardiovascular drugs.

Spring (2)

  • NGR6405 Anatomy, Physiology/Pathophysiology II (3 credit hours) These courses present, analyze/evaluate anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular, neurological, respiratory, hepatic, renal, hematologic, immunologic, and endocrine systems. These courses also examine fluid and electrolyte balance, acid-base status, abnormalities and management in the acute and chronically ill patient. This course also explores the anesthesia techniques of neuraxial and regional anesthesia.
  • NGR6424 Advanced Principles of Anesthesia (3 credit hours) This course presents, analyzes/evaluates principles relevant to acute care and the practice of anesthesia for the following specific populations: orthopedic patients, trauma patients, burn patients, ENT patients, spinal cord injury patients, patients with neuromuscular disease, chronic pain patients, patients being monitored with evoked potentials, patients # E7 Procedure NURSE Anesthesia Program 2 undergoing organ transplant, obstetrics, pediatrics, and patients with coagulopathies. This course also explores the anesthesia techniques of neuraxial and regional anesthesia.
  • NGR6432L Anesthesia Clinical Practicum II (6 credit hours) A series of seven courses that allow clinical application of principles of nurse anesthesia. Students will be precepted in the perioperative clinical site. Experiences include application of skills specific to the role of nurse anesthetists. Acquired foundations are applied to multiple patient populations: the routine surgical patient, the surgical patient with co-existing disease, the surgical patient in various life stages, the surgical patient with procedure-specific needs and anesthesia for subspecialty populations. Important concepts include anatomical, physiological, pathophysiological and pharmacological principles. Analysis, integration and utilization of research to improve practice are emphasized
  • NGR6461 Pharmacology for Anesthesia II (3 credit hours) These courses present, analyze/evaluate general principles of drug action, signs and stages of anesthesia, uptake and distribution of inhalation agents, and Pharmacology of specific drug classes: inhalation agents, anesthesia induction drugs, opiate agonist/antagonist, non-narcotic agents, neuromuscular blocking drugs, local anesthetics, autonomic drugs and cardiovascular drugs.
  • NGR6929C Clinical Correlational Conference (1 credit hour) These courses provide the opportunity for analysis and evaluation of current anesthesia literature through student presentation and discussion and anesthesia related guest lectures.

Summer (3)

  • NGR6406 Anatomy, Physiology/Pathophysiology III (3 credit hours) These courses present, analyze/evaluate anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular, neurological, respiratory, hepatic, renal, hematologic, immunologic, and endocrine systems. These courses also examine fluid and electrolyte balance, acid-base status, abnormalities and management in the acute and chronically ill patient. This course also explores the anesthesia techniques of neuraxial and regional anesthesia.
  • • NGR6433L Anesthesia Clinical Practicum III (8 credit hours) A series of seven courses that allow clinical application of principles of nurse anesthesia. Students will be precepted in the perioperative clinical site. Experiences include application of skills specific to the role of nurse anesthetists. Acquired foundations are applied to multiple patient populations: the routine surgical patient, the surgical patient with co-existing disease, the surgical patient in various life stages, the surgical patient with procedure-specific needs and anesthesia for subspecialty populations. Important concepts include anatomical, physiological, pathophysiological and pharmacological principles. Analysis, integration and utilization of research to improve practice are emphasized
  • NGR6492 Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia (3 credit hours) This course presents, analyzes/evaluates the nurse anesthesia profession in terms of professionalism, regulation, healthcare, environment, issues, politics, and practice challenges to include but not limited to adverse outcomes in anesthesia, cultural competency, conflict management, professional issues, legality, liability, informed consent, involvement in professional associations and addiction in anesthesia providers.
  • NGR6929C Clinical Correlational Conference (1 credit hour) These courses provide the opportunity for analysis and evaluation of current anesthesia literature through student presentation and discussion and anesthesia related guest lectures.

Fall (4)

  • NGR6434L Anesthesia Clinical Practicum IV (10 credit hours) A series of seven courses that allow clinical application of principles of nurse anesthesia. Students will be precepted in the perioperative clinical site. Experiences include application of skills specific to the role of nurse anesthetists. Acquired foundations are applied to multiple patient populations: the routine surgical patient, the surgical patient with co-existing disease, the surgical patient in various life stages, the surgical patient with procedure-specific needs and anesthesia for subspecialty populations. Important concepts include anatomical, physiological, pathophysiological and pharmacological principles. Analysis, integration and utilization of research to improve practice are emphasized
  • NGR6803 Research and Evidence-Based Practice I (1 credit hour) This course prepares advanced practice nurse anesthetists who are proficient in ethical utilization and clinical application of research including problem identification and evaluation to provide high quality care and improve practice
  • NGR6929C Clinical Correlational Conference (1 credit hour) These courses provide the opportunity for analysis and evaluation of current anesthesia literature through student presentation and discussion and anesthesia related guest lectures.

Spring (5)

  • NGR6435L Anesthesia Clinical Practicum V (10 credit hours) A series of seven courses that allow clinical application of principles of nurse anesthesia. Students will be precepted in the perioperative clinical site. Experiences include application of skills specific to the role of nurse anesthetists. Acquired foundations are applied to multiple patient populations: the routine surgical patient, the surgical patient with co-existing disease, the surgical patient in various life stages, the surgical patient with procedure-specific needs and anesthesia for subspecialty populations. Important concepts include anatomical, physiological, pathophysiological and pharmacological principles. Analysis, integration and utilization of research to improve practice are emphasized
  • NGR6491 Nurse Anesthesia Practice Comprehensive I (1 credit hour) This course is designed to measure the knowledge base and clinical competency of the nurse anesthesia student. In a series of three similar courses, the opportunity for students to demonstrate increased mastery of didactic and clinical knowledge and its appropriate application in patient management will be reviewed and examined.
  • NGR6809 Research and Evidence-Based Practice II (1 credit hour) This course prepares advanced practice nurse anesthetists who are proficient in ethical utilization and clinical application of research including problem identification and evaluation to provide high quality care and improve practice
  • NGR6929C Clinical Correlational Conference (1 credit hour) These courses provide the opportunity for analysis and evaluation of current anesthesia literature through student presentation and discussion and anesthesia related guest lectures.

Summer (6)

  • NGR6436L Anesthesia Clinical Practicum VI (10 credit hours) A series of seven courses that allow clinical application of principles of nurse anesthesia. Students will be precepted in the perioperative clinical site. Experiences include application of skills specific to the role of nurse anesthetists. Acquired foundations are applied to multiple patient populations: the routine surgical patient, the surgical patient with co-existing disease, the surgical patient in various life stages, the surgical patient with procedure-specific needs and anesthesia for subspecialty populations. Important concepts include anatomical, physiological, pathophysiological and pharmacological principles. Analysis, integration and utilization of research to improve practice are emphasized
  • NGR6495 Nurse Anesthesia Practice Comprehensive II (1 credit hour) This course is designed to measure the knowledge base and clinical competency of the nurse anesthesia student. In a series of three similar courses, the opportunity for students to demonstrate increased mastery of didactic and clinical knowledge and its appropriate application in patient management will be reviewed and examined.
  • NGR6929C Clinical Correlational Conference (1 credit hour) These courses provide the opportunity for analysis and evaluation of current anesthesia literature through student presentation and discussion and anesthesia related guest lectures.

Fall (7)

  • NGR6437L Anesthesia Clinical Practicum VII (10 credit hours) A series of seven courses that allow clinical application of principles of nurse anesthesia. Students will be precepted in the perioperative clinical site. Experiences include application of skills specific to the role of nurse anesthetists. Acquired foundations are applied to multiple patient populations: the routine surgical patient, the surgical patient with co-existing disease, the surgical patient in various life stages, the surgical patient with procedure-specific needs and anesthesia for subspecialty populations. Important concepts include anatomical, physiological, pathophysiological and pharmacological principles. Analysis, integration and utilization of research to improve practice are emphasized
  • NGR6496 Nurse Anesthesia Practice Comprehensive III (2 credit hours) This course is designed to measure the knowledge base and clinical competency of the nurse anesthesia student. In a series of three similar courses, the opportunity for students to demonstrate increased mastery of didactic and clinical knowledge and its appropriate application in patient management will be reviewed and examined.

Clinical Sites

The Nurse Anesthesia program partners with several clinical sites. Please visit their locations using Google Maps.

AdventHealth Orlando

AdventHealth has dedicated providers who offer state-of-the-art care, designed specifically for its patients and delivered with kindness, empathy and love. The system boasts a world-class reputation that makes it a national and international health care destination. Its unique, seamless care derives from faith-based principles — to extend the healing ministry of Christ. There are four AdventHealth sites which we partner with: AdventHealth Orlando, AdventHealth Celebration, AdventHealth Altamonte Springs and AdventHealth Winter Park.

Baptist Beaches Medical Center

Baptist Beaches Medical Center provides beaches residents with easy access to comprehensive, high-tech medical and surgical care close to home. This Center offers the only hospital-based, 24-hour emergency service at the beach.

Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart Health Systems

Bay Medical Sacred Heart is a 323-bed regional medical center located in Panama City, FL. The Center provides hospital care and outpatient services to patients from a seven-county region in Northwest Florida with nearly 300 physicians on staff representing virtually every medical specialty. Nearly 1,500 dedicated employees provide support services 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Capital Regional Medical Center

Capital Regional Medical Center is a fully-accredited healthcare facility with more than 1,100 employees and 500 physicians. The Center is a 266-bed, acute-care hospital offering 24/7 Emergency Services in Leon and Gadsden Counties including; a Pediatric ER, Senior Care ER and an Express Care ER. Additional services include a Bariatric Center, Behavioral Health Center, Cancer Center, Chest Pain Center w/PCI, Comprehensive Breast Center, Family Center, Heart & Vascular Center, Orthopedic Center, Physical Therapy Services, Stroke Center, Surgical Services, Wound Healing Center, Network-of-Care Affiliated Physician Practices, and more.

Eglin Air Force Base

The Eglin Hospital Department of Anesthesia is dedicated to providing the highest quality and safest anesthesia for its customers.

The Eye Center of North Florida

Nine physicians provide patients with the most modern equipment and procedures available anywhere in the country. They are a state-licensed, Medicare-certified facility that offers patients of The Eye Center of North Florida the ability to have eye surgery in a warm, friendly, affordable environment. In contrast to other surgery centers and hospitals that try to provide a variety of services, the staff at the Laser and Surgery Center concentrates on doing one thing, and doing it with excellence making sure that your eye surgery is a comfortable, uncomplicated experience provided in the region’s most up-to-date 25,000-square-foot facility.

Florida Medical Center

Florida Medical Center is a 459-bed acute care medical-surgical facility in Ft. Lauderdale. It is an accredited Chest Pain Center that specializes in cardiovascular care, and also a Comprehensive Stroke Center.  In addition, the Center offers weight loss surgeries, orthopedic care and women’s services, among many other services.

Flowers Hospital

Flowers Hospital is a 235-bed community healthcare provider offering inpatient, outpatient, medical, surgical, diagnostic and emergency care for the Dothan community. Flowers believes in the power of people to create great care, and is 1,350 healthcare professionals strong. The Hospital is a major referral center for the Tri-State area of south Alabama, southwest Georgia and northwest Florida.

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is a 257-bed top-performing quality hospital with over 200 of the most highly respected and qualified physicians in the area. It is the only acute care hospital in the TriCounty area that offers open heart surgery, an Advanced Primary Stroke Center accredited by the Joint Commission and an Accredited Chest Pain Center. An affiliate of the UAB Cancer Community Network, Fort Walton offers a Cancer Care Center that is accredited by the Commission on Cancer. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center also provides advanced care for critically ill patients, including cardiovascular and trauma injury care, and emergency services, including a main ER, Pediatric ER and Destin ER. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is in partnership with Twin Cities Hospital, located in Niceville. It is also the parent company of the Rehabilitation Institute, both located in Destin.

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center is a 216-bed acute care hospital proudly serving Bay County and surrounding communities for 40 years. The hospital was recently named a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® – heart failure, heart attack, pneumonia, surgical care, and perinatal care – for the fourth consecutive year and has achieved certifications for its stroke and wound care

Jackson Hospital

Jackson Hospital is a 100-bed community healthcare system committed to quality, service and growth.  The hospital is located in pristine Northwest Florida where the opportunity to make a difference still exists. The Hospital’s 425 care professionals complement the 30+ Active Medical staff who live and practice in Marianna.  Together, the physicians and staff combine clinical expertise with the latest medical and information technologies to provide exceptional care to every patient, every day.

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

Uniquely inspired by and designed for kids and families, the freestanding Joe DiMaggi building offers many amenities. The vibrant colors, whimsical décor and larger-than-life murals welcome children to an upbeat environment where the "Power of Play" is a healing force. Each floor reflects an individual theme of sports, arts, games or dreams. All patient rooms are private and are wired for movies, video games, the Internet and educational programs, and room-service meals are available any time of the day. The four-story, 180,000-square-foot, environmentally friendly facility features six pediatric operating rooms, dedicated medical/surgical units, family resource centers, ambulatory services, imaging services that feature a CT scanner disguised as a pirate ship, and an entire floor dedicated to inpatient and outpatient pediatric oncology treatment. The hospital is staffed 24 hours a day by world-class pediatricians, pediatric specialists, specialty-trained nurses and ancillary support staff.

Memorial Regional Hospital

Memorial Regional is one of the largest hospitals in Florida. Its services include the Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute, Memorial Cancer Institute, and Memorial Neuroscience Institute.

Memorial Hospital Miramar

Memorial Hospital Miramar offers outstanding patient-and family-centered care. Its healthcare services include: The Family Birthplace, Women’s Imaging Services, Memorial Rehabilitation Institute, U18 Sports Medicine, and Pediatric Rehabilitation Services.

Providence Hospital

Providence Hospital is a full service, 349-bed medical/surgical facility accredited by The Joint Commission. Since its founding in 1854, Providence has been serving, caring for and healing the people of Mobile and surrounding areas. Its mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to south Alabama and southeast Mississippi, with a special concern for persons who are poor and vulnerable.  All patient rooms are private, and none are more than nine feet from a nurse’s station. Specialized services offered at Providence include open-heart surgery, cardiac catheterization, cancer services, an obstetrics unit with labor/delivery/recovery/postpartum suites, a dedicated pediatrics unit, a freestanding rehabilitation and wellness center and a 100,000 square foot Outpatient Center with dedicated outpatient diagnostic services and surgical suites. The hospital’s 500-plus-member medical staff includes representatives from every major medical specialty and subspecialty, with more than 200 physicians located in offices on the campus.

Southeast Alabama Medical Center

Southeast Health is a dynamic, growing organization with a 420-bed hospital, a medical school and clinics throughout the region. This medical center aims to be recognized as the healthcare provider of choice, and that means consistently providing a high quality patient care experience for those whom it serves.

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare

Founded in 1948, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) is a private, not-for-profit community healthcare system committed to transforming care, advancing health, and improving lives with an ultimate vision of leading the community to be the healthiest in the nation. Serving a 17-county region in North Florida and South Georgia, TMH is comprised of a 772-bed acute care hospital, a psychiatric hospital, multiple specialty care centers, three residency programs, 32 affiliated physician practices and partnerships with Doctors’ Memorial Hospital, Florida State University College of Medicine, University of Florida Health, Weems Memorial Hospital and Wolfson Children's Hospital.

West Florida Hospital

The first hospital in the area to offer all private rooms, West Florida Healthcare proudly provides market-leading quality outcomes performance. West Florida Healthcare is also recognized as the area’s first Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI, the area’s first Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, and the area’s only Certified Atrial Fibrillation Program. West Florida Healthcare has also been designated as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center and has been named as a “Key Performer on Quality Measures” by The Joint Commission for four years in a row. The West Florida Healthcare campus includes the all private room acute care hospital, the area’s only comprehensive, CARF-accredited physical rehabilitation hospital, a mental health facility, and a cancer center. Affiliated with HCA, the nation’s leading provider of healthcare, West Florida Healthcare meets the community’s healthcare needs in major services such as oncology, orthopedics, cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, robotic-assisted surgery, critical care, neurology/neurosurgery, emergency care, urology, behavioral health, gastroenterology, obstetrics, pulmonary, and rehabilitative medicine.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to standard Florida State University graduation requirements, students must satisfactorily complete all courses with a 3.0 or better grade point average on a 4.0 scale and complete the clinical case requirements as set by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

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