College of Health Sciences

Glendale, AZ Campus

Course Descriptions

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

ANATG 1552

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

BIOCG 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

COREG 1560, 1570, 1580

Interprofessional Healthcare

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The Interprofessional Healthcare course involves the Colleges of Dental Medicine, Health Sciences, Optometry, Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine. The course is designed to teach all clinically-based students about each other's clinical programs, how they might interact together as part of an interprofessional healthcare team, and the importance of an interprofessional approach to patient care. The class consists primarily of online presentations that are delivered by interprofessional team members from each of the clinical programs. Associated quizzes will also be completed online. Occasional lectures, panel presentations, or group assignments may also be incorporated.

Credits: Each course 0.5

NAAPG 510

Principles & Pathophysiology of Anesthesia Introduction

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The course introduces the student to the scope and complexity of anesthesia management. Principles and Pathophysiology of Anesthesia Intro 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.

Credits: 2

NAAPG 540

Principles and Pathophysiology of Anesthesia I

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The course introduces the student to the scope and complexity of anesthesia management. Principles of Anesthesia I focuses on general principles, including anesthesia equipment, monitoring, perioperative patient assessment, basic anesthesia care, documentation of care, airway management, regional anesthesia, and methods for pain management.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites
  • Prerequisites for NAAPG 540 Principles and Pathophysiology of Anesthesia I: NAAPG 510 Principles and Pathophysiology of Anesthesia Intro

NAAPG 541, 542

Principles and Pathophysiology of Anesthesia II, III

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These courses introduce the student to the scope and complexity of anesthesia management. Principles and Pathophysiology of Anesthesia II 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: Each course 6

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

NAAPG 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: Each course 2

NAAPG 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: Each course 4

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

NAAPG 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

NAAPG 569

Advanced Physical Assessment Across the Lifespan

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This course is designed to teach the student the art and technique of physical assessment. Course content includes lectures and reading assignments covering normal and abnormal physical findings. In addition, there are weekly physical exam laboratory sessions designed to provide the student with hands-on practice in exam techniques. At the conclusion of the course the student will be expected to pass a written final exam and satisfactorily perform a complete physical examination.

Credits: 4

NAAPG 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

NAAPG 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

NAAPG 580, 581, 582, 583

Evidence-Based Practice

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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: Each course 0.5

NAAPG 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, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas, Montana, Ohio, and Washington State. These rotations will include specialty rotations in cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, pediatrics, and obstetrics.

Credits: Each rotation 11

Prerequisites

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

Current Clinical Sites Include:

  1. Advanced Plastic Surgery Center, Prescott, AZ, 
    Distance from campus: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  2. Arizona Pain Specialists, Scottsdale, AZ, 
    Distance from campus: 24 minutes
  3. Banner Boswell Medical Center, Sun City, AZ, 
    Distance from campus: 15 minutes
  4. Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, Sun City West, AZ, 
    Distance from campus: 23 minutes
  5. Banner Gateway Medical Center, Gilbert, AZ, 
    Distance from campus: 48 minutes
  6. Carl T. Hayden Vet Affairs Center, Phoenix, AZ, 
    Distance from campus: 26 minutes
  7. Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron, Akron, OH, 
    Distance from campus: 30 hours
  8. Colusa Memorial Hospital, Colusa, CA, 
    Distance from campus: 12 hours
  9. Community Hospital of Anaconda, Anaconda, MT, 
    Distance from campus: 16 hours
  10. Corpus Christi Medical Center, Corpus Christi, TX, 
    Distance from campus: 16 hours
  11. Covenant Hospital, Plainview, TX, 
    Distance from campus: 11 hours
  12. Doctor's Hospital at Renaissance, Edinburg, TX, 
    Distance from campus: 18 hours
  13. Flagstaff Medical Center, Flagstaff, AZ, 
    Distance from campus: 2 hours
  14. Glenn Medical Center, Willows, CA, 
    Distance from campus: 13 hours
  15. Glenwood Regional Medical Center, West Monroe, LA, 
    Distance from campus: 21 hours
  16. Holy Cross Hospital, Tucson, AZ, 
    Distance from campus: 2 hours
  17. Jupiter Medical Center, Jupiter, FL, 
    Distance from campus: 34 hours
  18. Kittitas Valley Community Hospital, Ellensburg, WA, 
    Distance from campus: 21 hours
  19. Little Colorado Medical Center, Winslow, AZ, 
    Distance from campus: 3 hours
  20. La Paz Regional Hospital, Parker, AZ, 
    Distance from campus: 3 hours
  21. Mount Graham Regional Medical Center, Safford, AZ, 
    Distance from campus: 2 hours
  22. Palms West Hospital, Loxahatchee, FL, 
    Distance from campus: 34 hours
  23. Phoenix Indian Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ, 
    Distance from campus:25 minutes
  24. Rocky Mountain Eye Center, Missoula, MT, 
    Distance from campus: 19 hours
  25. Saint James Healthcare, Butte, MT, 
    Distance from campus: 16 hours
  26. Saint Luke's Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ, 
    Distance from campus: 30 minutes
  27. San Juan Regional Medical Center, Farmington, NM, 
    Distance from campus: 8 hours
  28. Sunnyside Community Hospital, Sunnyside, WA, 
    Distance from campus: 20 hours
  29. Surgery Center of Casa Grande, Casa Grande, AZ, 
    Distance from campus: 1 hour
  30. Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, FL, 
    Distance from campus: 32 hours
  31. Tri State Memorial Hospital, Clarkston, WA, 
    Distance from campus: 19 hours
  32. Tuba City Indian Medical Center, Tuba City, AZ, 
    Distance from campus: 6 hours
  33. Tsehootsooi Medical Center, Fort Defiance, AZ, 
    Distance from campus: 6 hours

NAAPG 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 NAAPG 615 through NAAPG 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: Each course 2

Prerequisites

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

PHYSG 1573, 1584

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