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.
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 Eileen Evanina, DNP, CRNA.
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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 CRNAs and anesthesiologists.
Please contact the Office of Admissions for details regarding admission and financial aid packages. The Nurse Anesthesia sequence starts in the summer semester. At this time, this program can only be completed full time.
If your application is considered competitive, we will contact you for an interview. Phone interviews will be considered.
For current Master’s prepared nurse practitioners in another specialty, we offer a post-master’s certificate. The certificate program begins only in the fall semester.
For current CRNAs interested in pursuing a Master’s degree, we offer a Master’s completion program.
Please refer to our Application Deadlines page for current information. Applications can ONLY be submitted online. To receive full consideration for admission into the School of Nursing, a completed application with all supporting documents must be received by the deadline. Admissions decisions are sent out in early February.
*RN's with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree are required to complete 5 credits in community health in addition to the course requirement listed. The courses that fulfill the community health requirement are N6703, The Science of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in the Community (3 didactic credits) and N5292, Nursing Practice in the Community (2 clinical credits).
For Applicants Who Hold an Undergraduate Degree in Nursing
A sample program plan is provided below to make you aware of the academic requirements of the program. Please be advised that this program plan is a sample, and individual plans of study are reviewed and approved upon acceptance to the program. Progression in the program is contingent upon meeting academic policies. The School of Nursing reserves the right to change the course offering schedule as stated in the student bulletin.
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits||Type|
|Summer I: 12 Credits|
|N6826||Evaluation and Application of Research||3||Core|
|N6920||Health and Social Policy: The Context for Practice and Research||3||Core|
|Fall I: 15 Credits|
|N6104||Principles and Practice of Nurse Anesthesia I ‐Lab||2||Specialty|
|N6121||Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan||3||Core|
|N6864||Principles and Practice of Nurse Anesthesia I||3||Specialty|
|N8111||Pharmacology for Anesthesia and Critical Care||4||Specialty|
|N8786||Advanced Clinical Assessment Across the Lifespan||3||Core|
|Spring I: 14 Credits|
|N6105||Principles and Practice of Nurse Anesthesia II ‐Lab||2||Specialty|
|N6863||Regional Anesthesia, Theories, and Techniques||2||Specialty|
|N6865||Principles and Practice of Nurse Anesthesia II||3||Specialty|
|N6879||Anesthesia and Co-Existing Disease||3||Specialty|
|N8833||Professional Role of the Nurse Anesthetist I||1||Specialty|
|N9290||Incorporating Genetics and Genomics in Advanced Practice Nursing||3||Core|
|Summer II: 6 Credits|
|N6866||Principles and Practice of Nurse Anesthesia III||3||Specialty|
|N8870||Nurse Anesthesia Residency I||2||Specialty|
|N8874||Seminar in Nurse Anesthesia Practice I||1||Specialty|
|Fall II: 9 Credits|
|N6106||Nurse Anesthesia Advanced Airway Lab||1||Specialty|
|N6867||Principles and Practice of Nurse Anesthesia IV||3||Specialty|
|N8840||Professional Role of the Nurse Anesthetist II||2||Specialty|
|N8871||Nurse Anesthesia Residency II||2||Specialty|
|N8875||Seminar in Nurse Anesthesia Practice II||1||Specialty|
|Spring II: 3 Credits|
|N8872||Anesthesia Residency III||2||Specialty|
|N8876||Seminar in Nurse Anesthesia Practice III||1||Specialty|
|Summer III: 3 Credits|
|N8873||Anesthesia Residency IV||2||Specialty|
|N8877||Seminar in Nurse Anesthesia Practice IV||1||Specialty|
This page was last updated on 10/02/2013 and is subject to change at any time.