The Nurse Anesthesia program is a 27-month, full-time, front-loaded program that includes a clinical anesthesia residency.
The first year curriculum is devoted to advanced science courses, graduate core courses and specialty courses which form the basis for advanced specialty concepts later in the program.
The clinical component starts in May of the second year. During clinical experiences, increasing responsibility for anesthesia patient care under tutorial guidance is afforded. The application of theoretical knowledge to the realities of clinical practice is a dynamic process that enhances and enriches learning as well as prepares the graduate to function effectively and competently as a professional. The sequential design of the program permits the student to acquire the skills necessary to move along this continuum.
Clinical sites are available in the tri-state area and beyond, and can be permanent or rotating. Clinical sites vary from large, urban academic medical centers to community hospitals. During the clinical residency, each student is precepted by both Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and anesthesiologists.
Graduates are eligible to take the certifying examination administered by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists, a requirement for practice. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) through 2019. For more information on accreditation, please contact the COA at 222 S. Prospect Ave. Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001, 847-692-7050.
The Program Director for the Nurse Anesthesia specialty is James Cliff Roberson, DNP, CRNA.