The Nurse Anesthesia Program is 27 months divided into a didactic phase (4 quarters) and a clinical phase (5 quarters). The initial portion of the didactic phase of the program provides the student with a strong foundation in the basic sciences. Students are then introduced to a series of courses that address all aspects of anesthesia equipment and anesthesia management.
The clinical phase of the program begins in the summer of the second year of the program. This phase of the program provides students with the necessary hands-on experience to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential to the practice of nurse anesthesia in a variety of practice settings. All students may rotate to multiple clinical sites including, but not limited to, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Utah, and Washington State. These sites provide students with a broad scope of experiences in rural, urban, and suburban hospitals, as well as specialty rotations in cardiac surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and neurosurgery. Thus, a student may be assigned to rotations in any combination of these states to ensure the highest quality clinical education. For a current list of the program's clinical sites see Clinical Practicum I - V under Course Descriptions. The program adds new clinical sites on an ongoing basis. For an updated list of clinical sites please contact the Program at 623/572-3760. Students are required to make arrangements for transportation and lodging at these clinical sites. The university does not provide for the cost of transportation or lodging.
Students that satisfactorily complete the Nurse Anesthesia Program will receive a Master of Science degree with a concentration in Nurse Anesthesia.