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 Michael Greco, DNP, CRNA.
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 DNP degree in June, 2018. Pending approval by the COA, the program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in June, 2019. Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting the program at 212-305-5756.