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The OHSU Nurse Anesthesia Program prepares registered nurses to become advanced practitioners in the field of anesthesia where they administer general and regional anesthesia to surgical and obstetric patients. Students earn a Master of Nursing degree upon completion of the 27 month program. Most courses are offered face to face on campus. Core courses may be offered as an on-line or hybrid format. Two anesthesia pharmacology courses are offered as on-line courses.
The Nurse Anesthesia Program educates registered nurses with critical care experience to the advanced practice specialty of anesthesia. The program provides nurse anesthesia students with a solid foundation in scientific knowledge, clinical skills, and professional accountability. Students develop the knowledge and skills to deliver safe anesthesia care using sound clinical judgment to diverse patients across the lifespan.
Goals of the Nurse Anesthesia Program:
- Provide a positive and supportive learning environment with a focus on meeting the needs of adult learners.
- Prepare the professional nurse in the art and science of anesthesia.
- Meet the societal need for safe and competent anesthesia care.
Upon completion of the M.N. degree, graduates will be able to:
- Apply advanced knowledge in the science of a specialty area of advanced nursing practice.
- Use emerging information and health technologies to access current research and health care data to improve patient care.
- Make sound, culturally appropriate and ethically grounded clinical judgments based on critical analysis of the best available evidence.
- Demonstrate the leadership skills that are essential for influencing policy and organizational systems for improving patient outcomes.
The 27 month program of study is rigorous and highly clinically focused. In the first year, students receive a firm foundation in basic anesthesia science along with weekly laboratory sessions in our state of the art clinical simulation center. The second year begins a five quarter sequence of clinical rotations designed to expose the student to a variety of anesthesia experiences.
Upon completion of the OHSU Nurse Anesthesia Program, the graduate will also be able to:
- Deliver safe and culturally competent anesthesia care to patients of all ages and physical conditions.
- Develop and implement anesthesia management throughout the perianesthetic continuum using a variety of current anesthesia techniques, agents and equipment.
- Apply knowledge to practice in decision-making and problem-solving.
- Provide nurse anesthesia care based on sound principles and research evidence.
- Interact on a professional level with integrity using appropriate verbal, nonverbal and written communication in the delivery of perianesthetic care.
The Oregon Health Science University Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs to October 2019.
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)
Outcome Data for the graduating Class of 2015
- Attrition rate: 7%
- National Certification Exam 1st time pass rate: 92%
- Employment as Nurse Anesthetists within 6 months of graduation: 100%
Outcome Data 2008 – 2015
- Graduation Rate: From 2008 through 2015, 93 of 100 (93%) students admitted have completed the program.
- NCE Pass Rate
- 1st time taker pass rate from 2008 through 2015 is 91%. 85 of the 93 graduates passed the NCE on their 1st attempt.
- Overall pass rate from 2008 is 100%. 93 of the 93 graduates passed the NCE.
- Employment rate within 6 months of graduation: 100% of the 93 graduates of the program have been employed as a nurse anesthetist.