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Nurse Anesthesia Program

Prerequisites are listed for those courses with such requirements. When no prerequisite is listed in a course description, it is implied that there is no prerequisite.

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Course Name

ANAT 1551

Human Anatomy and Embryology (with Gross Anatomy Lab)

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This course presents lectures and laboratory (human cadaver dissection and prosection, microscopy) sessions emphasizing the embryologic development of the human body, the relationship between body structure and function, and the use of gross human anatomy in physical diagnosis.

Credits: 7

BIOC  550

Biochemistry for Nurse Anesthetists

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Biochemistry is concerned with the functioning of cellular constituents at the molecular level in health and how their functions are altered in disease. Biochemistry is fundamental to understanding all branches of the life sciences. Topics include cellular energy metabolism, signal transduction, cell biology, complete blood count, anemias, diabetes, and hemostasis tests.

Credits: 3

CORE 1560, 1570, 1580

Interdisciplinary Healthcare

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The Interdisciplinary Healthcare course involves the Colleges of Dental Medicine, Health Sciences, Optometry, Osteopathic Medicine, and Pharmacy. The course is designed to teach all clinically-based students about each other's clinical programs and how they interact together as part of an interdisciplinary healthcare team: cardiovascular sciences, clinical psychology, dental medicine, nurse anesthesia, occupational therapy, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant, physical therapy and podiatry students learn about the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to patient care. The class consists primarily of online presentations that are delivered by interdisciplinary team members from each of the clinical programs. Associated quizzes will also be completed online. Occasional lectures will also be given in the classroom in a seminar format or in conjunction with panel presentations.

Credits: Each 0.5

NAAP 530

Biophysics

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The purpose of the course is to show how the various branches of physics can be used to understand important aspects of physiology, pharmacology, and pathology, as well as the mechanics of the anesthesia machine and vaporizers.

Credits: 2

NAAP 540, 541, 542

Principles and Pathophysiology of Anesthesia I, II, III

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These courses introduce the student to the scope and complexity of anesthesia management. Principles and Pathophysiology of Anesthesia I focuses on general principles, related to anesthesia equipment, monitoring, perioperative patient assessment, basic anesthesia care, documentation of care, airway management, regional anesthesia, and methods for pain management. The second course introduces the management of patients with coexisting disease that complicate anesthesia management, and the anesthetic management of specific types of procedures. The final course in this series focuses on more complex anesthesia management scenarios including the specialty practice of cardiac, neurologic, obstetric, and pediatric anesthesia.

Credits: 6 credits each course

Prerequisites
  • Prerequisites for NAAP 541 Principles and Pathophysiology of Anesthesia II: NAAP 540 Principles and Pathophysiology of Anesthesia I
  • Prerequisites for NAAP 542 Principles and Pathophysiology of Anesthesia III: NAAP 541 Principles and Pathophysiology of Anesthesia II

NAAP 540L, 541L, 542L

Principles and Pathophysiology of Anesthesia Laboratory I, II, III

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These laboratory courses accompany the Principles and Pathophysiology of Anesthesia lecture series. The content focuses on the application of skills and knowledge needed to conduct the administration of general, regional and MAC anesthesia. Application of the theoretical principles to individual patient scenarios is emphasized.

Credits: 2 credits each course

NAAP 551, 552, 553

Anesthesia Pharmacology I, II, III

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These courses focus on drugs and delivery systems used for anesthesia. The major emphasis is on inhalational agents, local anesthetics, muscle relaxants and reversal agents, narcotics and induction agents. General principles of drug action, drug dynamics and kinetics, toxicities and therapeutic uses are included for all drug groups. Students are exposed to drugs affecting major organ systems of the body. Applications using real anesthesia scenarios are included to translate pharmacology theory to anesthesia practice. Drug calculations, conversion, preparing and administering medications, IV fluid management, documentation, and anesthetic planning are included.

Credits: 4 credits each course

Prerequisites
  • Prerequisite for NAAP 552 Anesthesia Pharmacology II: NAAP 551 Anesthesia Pharmacology I
  • Prerequisite for NAAP 553 Anesthesia Pharmacology III: NAAP 552 Anesthesia Pharmacology II

NAAP  560

Research Methods

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This course provides an overview of research designs used in basic science, applied, and descriptive research. The course is intended to teach research skills used in all of the health professions and to aid in the interpretation of published research reports.

Credits: 3

NAAP 570

Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia I

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This course will present material concerning professional issues surrounding the practice of Nurse Anesthesia.

Credits: 2

NAAP 571

Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia II

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This course will present material concerning professional issues surrounding the practice of Nurse Anesthesia.

Credits: 2.5

NAAP 580, 581, 582, 583

Evidence-Based Journal Club

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The purpose of this four-quarter series is to foster the student's critical analysis of research related to clinical anesthesia practice. Using current anesthesia literature students will read, critique and present literature on a specified topic. Lecture and classroom discussion aimed at promoting the usefulness of research will enhance student awareness regarding transferring research and theory to clinical practice.

Credits: 0.5 credits each course

NAAP 615, 616, 617, 618, 719

Clinical Rotation I, II, III, IV, V

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Students will begin the clinical practicum in the summer of their second year in the program. Students will rotate to a variety of hospitals in Arizona, California, Florida, New Mexico, Texas, Montana, Ohio, and Washington State. These rotations will include specialty rotations in cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, pediatrics, and obstetrics.

Credits: 10 credits each rotation

Prerequisites

Prerequisites: Completion of all didactic course work through spring quarter of first year; successful completion of previous Clinical Rotation.


Current Clinical Sites Include:

  1. Arizona Heart Hospital, Phoenix, AZ
    Distance from campus: 27 minutes
  2. Banner Boswell Medical Center, Sun City, AZ
    Distance from campus: 15 minutes
  3. Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, Sun City West, AZ
    Distance from campus: 23 minutes
  4. Carl T. Hayden Vet Affairs Center, Phoenix, AZ
    Distance from campus: 26 minutes
  5. Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron, Akron, OH
    Distance from campus: 30 hours
  6. Colusa Memorial Hospital, Colusa, CA
    Distance from campus: 12 hours
  7. Community Hospital of Anaconda, Anaconda, MT
    Distance from campus: 16 hours
  8. Covenant Hospital, Plainview, TX
    Distance from campus: 11 hours
  9. Doctor's Hospital at Renaissance, Edinburg, TX
    Distance from campus: 18 hours
  10. Flagstaff Medical Center, Flagstaff, AZ
    Distance from campus: 2 hours
  11. Glenn Medical Center, Willows, CA
    Distance from campus: 13 hours
  12. Holy Cross Hospital, Tucson, AZ
    Distance from campus: 2 hours
  13. Jupiter Medical Center, Jupiter, FL
    Distance from campus: 34 hours
  14. La Paz Regional Hospital, Parker, AZ
    Distance from campus: 3 hours
  15. Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ
    Distance from campus: 30 minutes
  16. Mountain Vista Medical Center, Mesa, AZ
    Distance from campus: 45 minutes
  17. Mount Graham Regional Medical Center, Safford, AZ
    Distance from campus: 2 hours
  18. Palms West Hospital, Loxahatchee, FL
    Distance from campus: 34 hours
  19. Saint Luke's Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ
    Distance from campus: 30 minutes
  20. Saint Luke Community Hospital, Ronan, MT
    Distance from campus: 18 hours
  21. San Juan Regional Medical Center, Farmington, NM
    Distance from campus: 8 hours
  22. Sunnyside Community Hospital, Sunnyside, WA
    Distance from campus: 20 hours
  23. Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, FL
    Distance from campus: 32 hours
  24. Tri State Memorial Hospital, Clarkston, WA
    Distance from campus: 19 hours
  25. Tuba City Indian Medical Center, Tuba City, AZ
    Distance from campus: 6 hours
  26. Tsehootsooi Medical Center, Fort Defiance, AZ
    Distance from campus: 6 hours

NAAP 620, 621, 622, 623, 724

Clinical Rotation Didactic Component I, II, III, IV, V

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This course comprises the didactic component of NAAP 615 through NAAP 719. The student's retention of didactic information from the first year of the program will be evaluated and a professional case report will be presented by the student.

Credits: 2 credits each course

Prerequisites

Completion of all didactic course work through spring quarter of first year; successful completion of previous Clinical Rotation.

PHYS 1571, 1582

Human Physiology I, II

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In this two-quarter series, students are introduced through didactic instruction and clinical case sessions to the basic physiologic principles that underline the normal function of the various organs and organ systems. These core principles provide the foundation through which the student develops an understanding of health in physiologic terms and appreciation of diverse regulatory processes that maintain the homeostasis of the human body.

Credits: Each course 4