School of Nurse Anesthesia

School of Nurse Anesthesia

  • Introduction

    Nurse Anesthetist We hope the information provided here will assist you in planning a career as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

    In cooperation with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), School of Nursing and Health Studies, we have developed the Doctorate of Nursing Practice – Nurse Anesthesia degree program.

    The curriculum emphasizes basic sciences to provide the didactic foundation on which our program of Nurse Anesthesia is based. The rapidly changing areas of nursing science, medicine and biomedical technology require the anesthetist to critically analyze and evaluate new data and technologies in order to provide quality care for the patient undergoing anesthesia. Our graduates possess the scientific knowledge and clinical capabilities to meet the challenge of providing high quality anesthesia care, and will allow them to become leaders in their field as practitioners, researchers and educators.

    Our program is a 36-month full-time graduate curriculum. The graduate credit hours taken at UMKC and TMC fulfill the requirements for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and Nurse Anesthesia Certificate. Courses taken during the first year focus on basic sciences and include Biochemistry, Physics, Physiology, Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice, as well as beginning Nurse Anesthesia clinical courses. Students in our program attend many of these courses with students from the School of Pharmacy and School of Biological Sciences as well as the School of Nursing.

    The plan of study during the second and third year focuses on clinical Nurse Anesthesia specialty education and Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree requirements. Completion of the DNP program encompasses the vision of the Institute of Medicine recommendations for future healthcare providers and advanced practice nurses. The degree is guided by the requirements set forth by the AACN, CCNE and COA as essential for doctoral level education in advanced practice nurse anesthesia. The doctoral program of study includes courses in Healthcare Policy, Economics, Population Health, Leadership, Professional Practice and completion of an evidence-based scholarly project.

    The Specialty Nurse Anesthesia curriculum includes a broad field orientation, advanced physical assessment, basic and advanced principles of anesthesia, pediatric, obstetric, regional, advanced pharmacology and pathophysiology in nurse anesthesia practice. Students also participate in journal clubs, morbidity and mortality conferences, high fidelity clinical simulation, correlative seminars and a certification exam review course. Clinical education practicums utilize the strength of several area clinical affiliate hospitals which provide the student with a wide and varied clinical experience.
  • Plan of Study

    PROGRAM YEAR 1

    Summer I
    Credits
    BIOL 5510 & 5510L Gross Anatomy for Nurse Anesthetists w/lab
    4
    N5615NA Chemistry and Physics for the Nurse Anesthetist
    2
    LSMBB 5510 Graduate Biochemistry for Nurse Anesthetists
    1
    TOTAL
    7

     

    Fall I
    Credits
    BIOL5539 Mammalian Physiology
    4
    PHARM5520 Pharmacology II
    4
    N5612 Statistics I or equivalent
    3
    N5619NAO Orientation to Nurse Anesthesia Practice
    2
    TOTAL
    13

     

    Spring I
    Credits
    BIOL5540 Pathophysiology
    4
    PHARM 5530 Pharmacology III
    4
    N5555 Nursing Research
    3
    N5628NA1 Advanced Physical Health Assessment for the Nurse Anesthetist I
    2
    N5619NAB Basic Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
    2
    N5650NAO Clinical Anesthesia Orientation
    TOTAL
    15

    YEAR 1 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS = 35

    PROGRAM YEAR 2

    Summer II
    Credits
    N5609 Clinical Institute II
    1
    N5627NA Regional Anesthesia
    1
    N5628NA2 Advanced Physical Health Assessmt for the Nurse Anesthetist II
    1
    N5619NA1 Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice I
    2
    N5650NA1 Clinical Anesthesia I
    TOTAL
    5

     

    Fall II
    Credits
    N5607NA Health Care Policy & Leadership in Nurse Anesthesia Practice
    2
    N5619NA2 Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice II
    3
    N5636NA Obstetrical Anesthesia
    1
    N5637 Healthcare Outcomes and Epidemiology
    2
    N5650NA2 Clinical Anesthesia II
    TOTAL
    8

     

    Spring II
    Credits
    N5619NA3 Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice III
    3
    N5638NA1 Pharmacology of Anesthesia I
    1
    N5640NA Pediatric Anesthesia
    1
    N5641NA Acute and Chronic Pain Management
    1
    N5674NA1 Scholarly Project in Nurse Anesthesia I
    2
    N5650NA3 Clinical Anesthesia III
    TOTAL
    8

    YEAR 2 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS = 21

    PROGRAM YEAR 3

    Summer III
    Credits
    N5659NA Health Systems, Economics and Quality in Nurse Anesthesia Practice
    2
    N5638NA2 Pharmacology of Anesthesia II
    2
    N5674NA2 Scholarly Project in Nurse Anesthesia II
    2
    N5650NA4 Clinical Anesthesia IV
    TOTAL
    6

     

    Fall III
    Credits
    N5661NA1 Anesthesia & Co-Existing Diseases I
    2
    N5643NA Professional Practice for the Nurse Anesthetist
    2
    N5674NA3 Scholarly Project in Nurse Anesthesia III
    2
    N5650NA5 Clinical Anesthesia V
    TOTAL
    6

     

    Spring III
    Credits
    N5661NA2 Anesthesia and Co-Existing Diseases II
    1
    N5674NA4 Scholarly Project in Nurse Anesthesia IV
    2
    N5616 Anesthesia Crisis Resource Management
    1
    N5642NA Comprehensive Review
    1
    N5650NA6 Clinical Anesthesia VI
    TOTAL
    5

    YEAR 3 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS = 17

    * Program Total Credit Hours = 73

  • Course Descriptions

    YEAR 1



    Nurse Anesthetist Gross Anatomy for Nurse Anesthetists
    This course will present and examine the anatomic concepts and conditions essential for critical thinking and decision making by the nurse anesthetist through lecture and discussion. Specifically, the course will provide the foundation upon which patient interventions may be based during the perioperative period.

    Chemistry and Physics for the Nurse Anesthetist
    This course is designed to provide the nurse anesthesia student with a foundational knowledge needed for the provision of anesthesia. This course will review elements of general and organic chemistry pertinent to understanding metabolic pathways and pharmacology routinely administered during the anesthetic period. Pertinent laws and principles of physics will be presented. The student will be prepared to apply pertinent laws and principles of physics to the provision of anesthesia services.

    Graduate Biochemistry for Nurse Anesthetists
    This course will present the fundamentals of biochemistry necessary for the practice of nurse anesthesia, specifically the structure and characteristics of biomolecules found in the cell, how molecules are metabolized to generate biochemical energy, and the basic mechanisms to regulate metabolic processes with regard to the nutritional state of the organism. The course is limited to graduate students in the nurse anesthetist program or in other disciplines where a fundamental understanding of biochemistry would be useful.

    DNP Scholarship Institute I
    This course provides an introduction to the knowledge and skills essential to becoming an advanced practice nurse (APRN). Students utilize theory, evidence-based practice/research, and clinical expertise to become expert practitioners in their population foci. Content includes relevant UMKC policies and procedures, technology utilization to conduct library literature searches, access to course content on electronic platforms, and planning for success in graduate school. The literature review search progresses to application of the content, through written and verbal communication. Techniques building on critical thinking skills to start clinical diagnostic reasoning skills are introduced along with graduate school expectations and outcomes.

    Mammalian Physiology
    The course covers basic physiological functions and processes at the cellular, organ and system levels emphasizing concepts of integrated and homeostatic mechanisms. The relationship between organ function and underlying cellular mechanisms will be discussed in order to understand integrated physiology. An important objective is that the students will learn how to ask and answer relevant questions.

    Pharmacology II
    This course aims at offering the student state-of-the-art scientific facts related to the effect of drugs and their mechanisms of action, as well as their untoward side effects. At the conclusion of this course, the student should specifically have full and complete knowledge of:

    1. Basic principles of chemotherapy.

    2. Classification (generic names will be used) of prescribed and over-the-counter drugs covered.

    3. Mechanisms by which drugs exert their actions.

    4. Tissue receptors with which drugs interact.

    5. Therapeutic uses and other effects of drugs.

    6. Drug interactions and contraindications.

    7. Adverse/toxic effects of drugs.

    8. Recognition of the signs and symptoms of disease in order to evaluate therapeutic effectiveness or potential drug-related problems.



    Graduate Statistics
    This graduate statistics online course is designed for students in the DNP program. The course provides a comprehensive understanding of conceptual understanding of describing data, logic of sampling, and test statistics: hypothesis testing, type 1 and type 2 errors; power, one-way ANOVA (analysis of variance); planned comparisons, post-hoc tests and trend analysis; factorial ANOVA; repeated measures designs and mixed randomized repeated designs simple and multiple regression; and ANCOVA (analysis of co-variance).

    Orientation to Nurse Anesthesia Practice
    This course is designed to give the first-year nurse anesthesia student a broad field orientation to anesthesia topics. The course will provide a foundation of knowledge for the safe practice of anesthesia. This will be an initial introduction to the art and science of anesthesia. The course content will include: patient preparation for anesthetic procedures along with current medication options, anesthetic equipment, and workplace safety. The anesthesia machine is incorporated into the learning process to reinforce principles introduced in class.

    Pathophysiology
    Pathophysiology will focus on the physiological basis of cellular and tissue function and the consequences of dysregulated metabolic/cellular expression on essential homeostatic processes in cells, cytoplasmic compartments and primary organ systems.

    Pharmacology III
    This course will present the mechanism of action; therapeutic uses; and adverse effects of drugs affecting different organ systems.

    Nursing Research: Evidence-Based Practice
    This course is designed to prepare graduate nursing students to utilize research findings in order to provide high quality healthcare and improve nursing practice. This knowledge includes fundamentals of research methods, procedures for the evaluation of research and the application of research findings to clinical practice and organizational decision making.

    Basic Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
    This course is designed to build on topics introduced in orientation and provides the student with the knowledge needed to begin the delivery of anesthesia. This course encompasses a variety of topics including pharmacology and equipment utilized in the provision of anesthesia, airway anatomy and management, commonly administered fluid, colloids, non-colloids, and blood products, and an overview of anesthesia and trauma. Lecture topics will be assimilated into high fidelity simulation scenarios to prepare the student for clinical residency courses.

    YEAR 2



    Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice I
    This course introduces the nurse anesthesia student to concepts necessary to plan and execute safe individualized anesthetics. Content includes assessment of co-morbid conditions and patient populations in anesthesia, appropriate plans of care, anesthetic techniques, prevention of complications, fluid management, monitoring and utilization of anesthesia equipment. Fundamental concepts and techniques essential to clinical anesthesia practice focus on theoretical, practical and professional considerations involved in the administration of general anesthesia, conscious sedation, and regional anesthesia inside and outside the operating room. Content includes evidence-based student-led conferences, anesthetic literature, morbidity and mortality, inter-disciplinary and intra-disciplinary conferences, and use of informatics systems.

    Regional Anesthesia
    This course is designed for graduate nurse anesthesia students to review anatomy, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and physiological effects of local anesthetics and to learn techniques to administer various types of regional anesthesia.

    Advanced Physical Health Assessment for the Nurse Anesthetist I
    This course is designed to teach the nurse anesthesia student a systematic focus on advanced health assessment with an emphasis on the patient preparing to undergo anesthesia throughout the life span. Through patient interview, physical assessment, and interpretation of pertinent laboratory and testing, appropriate anesthesia management will be prepared.

    DNP Clinical Institute II
    This course will provide interactive sessions to develop skills necessary to develop evidenced based practice projects. Literature search strategies, focused on the synthesis and integration of evidence (literature) that supports the problem, intervention, and outcome measurement will be presented. Institutional Review Board (IRB) and essential ethical components will be discussed. Opportunities for project dissemination including posters, presentations and manuscripts will be explored.

    Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice II
    This course is designed to provide the nurse anesthesia student a broad knowledge base in multiple concepts, topics and techniques. This course builds on concepts learned in Principles I and delineates techniques of anesthesia management that are considered more situation specific with specialized diagnostic and anesthetic procedures. Primarily focused on patients and existing co-morbidities, the course intensively covers more advanced concepts and principles of anesthetic management including neurosurgical, thoracic, vascular and trauma procedures. Content includes evidence-based student-led morbidity and mortality conferences, inter-disciplinary and intra-disciplinary conferences, use of informatics systems, and simulation-based learning.

    Health Care Policy and Leadership in Nurse Anesthesia Practice
    This course provides an in-depth study of the healthcare policy process, emphasizing ways that Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) prepared Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) can incorporate health policy advocacy into their practice. The content prepares DNP CRNAs to be effective, innovative leaders in nurse anesthesia and healthcare. Students will participate in a leadership experience in one of four areas: education, research, administration or politics.

    Obstetrical Anesthesia
    This course is designed to provide the graduate nurse anesthesia student with a broad knowledge base in the field of obstetrical anesthesia. Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, co-morbidities in the pregnant patient, and anesthesia procedures for the pregnant patient will be presented. Lecture topics will be assimilated into high fidelity simulation scenarios to prepare the student for clinical residency courses.

    Advanced Physical Health Assessment for the Nurse Anesthetist II
    This course is designed to further teach the nurse anesthesia student a systematic focus on advanced health assessment with an emphasis on the patient preparing to undergo anesthesia throughout the life span. Through patient interview, physical assessment, and interpretation of pertinent laboratory and testing, appropriate anesthesia management will be prepared.

    Healthcare Outcomes and Epidemiology in Nurse Anesthesia
    This course is an introduction to and application of basic epidemiologic principles for the nurse anesthetist. This course provides the foundation for assessment and evaluation of health outcomes in a variety of populations, clinical settings, and systems. Concepts introduced include fundamentals of epidemiology, determinants of health, screening, outbreak investigation, and disease surveillance. The course includes content on descriptive and analytic epidemiology.

    Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice III
    The course covers advanced concepts and principles of anesthetic management with emphasis on cardio-thoracic anesthesia and anesthetic emergencies. The course builds on Principles I and II and focuses more on critical thinking, skill development, specific procedures utilized in anesthetic practice including advanced airway techniques and placement of invasive monitoring modalities as well as crisis management in anesthesia. Content includes evidence-based student-led conferences, utilization of anesthetic literature, morbidity and mortality, inter-disciplinary and intra-disciplinary conferences, use of medical informatics systems, and simulation-based learning.

    Pharmacology of Anesthesia I
    The course is the first in a two-semester sequence designed to provide the graduate nurse anesthesia student with the knowledge of pharmacology and the human physiologic responses to pharmacologic agents when administered to the patient perioperatively.

    Pediatric Anesthesia
    This course is designed for the graduate nurse anesthesia student to learn anatomy and physiology specific to the pediatric patient. The most common pathophysiologic states found in the pediatric surgical patient will be discussed as well as fluid management and pharmacology as it relates to the pediatric patient. The goal of this pediatric course is to give the student the basic knowledge of pediatric anesthesia as a foundation prior to their pediatric clinical rotation.

    Acute and Chronic Pain Management
    The student will develop a basic understanding of pain management as it relates to the field of anesthesia. Advantages and disadvantages of various pain management approaches, as well as general physiologic and anatomic concepts as they relate to pain, will be covered. Through the course, various pain management approaches will be implemented and evaluated. Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in managing acute pain in patients of all ages and varying stages of wellness.

    Scholarly Project in Nurse Anesthesia I
    This is the first in a series of four courses that culminate in a scholarly project in nurse anesthesia that demonstrates the scholarship of integration and application. This is a distance education course. The student will identify a complex problem in their area of interest and expertise, and will design, implement and evaluate an innovative solution to this problem. The student will use the breadth of knowledge and scholarship skills gained through their program of study to improve practice and/or patient outcomes. It validates the student’s ability to translate research evidence into practice. This project lays the foundation for future scholarship.

    YEAR 3



    Health Systems, Economics and Quality in Nurse Anesthesia Practice
    This course is designed to introduce the nurse anesthesia student to the fundamental principles of healthcare economics and healthcare systems. The effects of economics will be discussed from a broad viewpoint and from the various perspectives of anesthesia care delivery models. This course will also discuss the impact of quality indicators on anesthesia practice. The course will begin with a leadership summit and continue with online content and discussion forums.

    Pharmacology of Anesthesia II
    This course is the second in a two-semester sequence designed to provide the graduate nurse anesthesia student with the knowledge of pharmacology and the human physiologic responses to pharmacologic agents when administered to the patient perioperatively.

    Scholarly Project in Nurse Anesthesia II
    This is the second in a series of four courses that culminate in a scholarly project in nurse anesthesia that demonstrates the scholarship of integration and application. This is a distance education course. The student will identify a complex problem in their area of interest and expertise, and will design, implement, and evaluate an innovative solution to this problem. The student will use the breadth of knowledge and scholarship skills gained through their program of study to improve practice and/or patient outcomes. It validates the student’s ability to translate research evidence into practice. This project lays the foundation for future scholarship.

    Anesthesia and Co-Existing Diseases I
    This course is the first in a two-semester series designed to provide senior nurse anesthesia students with the knowledge of pathophysiology of various disease states and their anesthesia implications.

    Professional Practice for the Nurse Anesthetist
    This course is designed to explore a range of non-clinical issues in nurse anesthesia practice. Students will gain an appreciation of the professional ideals of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) prepared Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) through both online and on-site group discussion. In addition, students will attend professional meetings including: Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist (SRNA) Leadership Luncheon, Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MoANA) Lobby Day; Wellness in the Workplace, an event highlighting the risks of chemical dependency in nurse anesthesia practice; and one additional state or national professional meeting.

    Scholarly Project in Nurse Anesthesia III
    This is the third in a series of four courses that culminate in a scholarly project in nurse anesthesia that demonstrates the scholarship of integration and application. This course is a face-to-face course. The student will identify a complex problem in their area of interest and expertise, and will design, implement, and evaluate an innovative solution to this problem. The student will use the breadth of knowledge and scholarship skills gained through their program of study to improve practice and/or patient outcomes. It validates the student’s ability to translate research evidence into practice. This project lays the foundation for future scholarship.

    Anesthesia and Co-Existing Diseases II
    This course is the second in a two-semester series designed to provide senior nurse anesthesia students with the knowledge of pathophysiology of various disease states and their anesthesia implications.

    Scholarly Project in Nurse Anesthesia IV
    This is the fourth in a series of four courses that culminate in a scholarly project in nurse anesthesia that demonstrates the scholarship of integration and application. This course is a face-to-face course. The student will identify a complex problem in their area of interest and expertise, and will design, implement, and evaluate an innovative solution to this problem. The student will use the breadth of knowledge and scholarship skills gained through their program of study to improve practice and/or patient outcomes. It validates the student’s ability to translate research evidence into practice. This project lays the foundation for future scholarship.

    Comprehensive Review
    This is a comprehensive review course that covers all areas of anesthesia, as well as all anesthesia techniques. This course will discuss normal physiology and pathophysiology of all organ systems and how various anesthesia techniques and pharmacology affect these systems. The student will be equipped with the knowledge of how to choose appropriate anesthetic techniques for various disease states and surgical procedures.
  • Costs + Fees

    Tuition & Fees Estimated Costs
    2016-2017



    In-State
    Out-of-State

    Year 1

    Tuition and Fees (33 HRS)
    $16,490
    $34,376
    Clinical Fees
    $3,000
    $3,000
    TOTAL
    $19,490
    $37,376

    Year 2

    Tuition and Fees (23 HRS)
    $11,633
    $24,099
    Clinical Fees
    $9,000
    $9,000
    TOTAL
    $20,633
    $33,099

    Year 3

    Tuition and Fees (17 HRS)
    $8,637
    $17,843
    Clinical Fees
    $9,000
    $9,000
    Review Course
    $1,000
    $1,000
    TOTAL
    $18,637
    $27,843
    Program Total (73 hrs)
    $58,760
    $98,318


    Clinical Fees include the following items:
    • Health insurance for individual student (family plans available for purchase)
    • Housing for clinical rotations > 60 miles from TMC
    • Professional liability insurance
    • $500 stipend to attend one American Association of Nurse Anesthetist (AANA) national meeting or international medical mission trip
    • AANA Associate (Student) Member Dues
    • Self-Evaluation (SEE) Exam during Junior and Senior years
    • BLS and ACLS recertification courses
    • Simulation education
    • Background check

    Tuition and fees are estimated, and TMC reserves the right to change tuition and fees without notice.

    Textbooks are an additional expense, as are other miscellaneous fees and expenses.

    Tuition Refunds
    For information on refund schedules, please visit Cashiers and Collections at www.umkc.edu/finadmin.

    For information on residency requirements or to petition for residency, please visit www.umkc.edu/residency.
  • Clinical Education

    Nurse AnesthetistOur School of Nurse Anesthesia enjoys enthusiastic support from Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill, the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies, and our local clinical affiliate hospitals:

    Students are introduced into the clinical area in the third semester of the program. Initially, students are assigned to elective surgery patients who are relatively free of significant pathology. As the students’ clinical skills progress, they are assigned to cases of increasing complexity requiring emergency, obstetrical and pediatric procedures, or to patients with significant pathological conditions.

    Our students participate in anesthesia care for all surgical specialties, including general surgery, plastic surgery, ophthalmology, obstetrics and gynecology, urology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, ENT, orthopedics, podiatry, cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery, and neurosurgery. In addition, our students participate in specialty anesthesia and outpatient clinics including gastroenterology, cardiovascular, and radiology procedures outside of the operating rooms.

    Due to the very active oral and maxillofacial surgery and head and neck surgical services, students have the opportunity to manage difficult airway problems in patients with conditions such as facial abscess, Ludwig’s angina, facial-skeletal deformities, and post-operative/post-radiation airway pathologies. Students also participate in the management of emergent cervical spine fractures and head trauma.

    In addition to general anesthesia using mask, laryngeal mask airway, and tracheal intubation techniques, students perform and manage subarachnoid (spinal), epidural, and upper and lower extremity nerve blocks. Advanced skills include central venous, pulmonary artery, and radial artery catheterization; students attain extensive obstetrical anesthesia experiences at Truman Medical Centers’ high-risk labor and delivery unit.

    The importance of nurse anesthesia care throughout the entire perioperative period is emphasized during the program. Students learn and perform pre-anesthetic history and advanced physical health assessment which includes review and interpretation of relevant lab data, and radiologic and cardiovascular diagnostic testing. Development and application of anesthetic care plans occur in consultation with anesthesia clinical faculty. Students also gain experience in post-anesthesia outcome documentation and assessment.

    The relationship between the student and the clinical instructor is dynamic. At first, the student is a dependent learner, while the instructor provides information, guidance, and support to the student. Gradually, this relationship changes as the student’s knowledge base and clinical skills grow; the instructor allows the student to make increasingly complex decisions while continuing to provide a source of support and guidance. Evaluation of student clinical performance is a tool that helps the student identify his or her strengths and limitations, and provides a basis on which to plan for continued growth of clinical skills. Ultimately, the student attains the level of skills expected of a novice nurse anesthetist with the instructor acting as a consultant.

    Clinical experiences available to students are rich and diverse. TMC perioperative services perform over 6,400 procedures, providing generous experiences in emergency and trauma anesthesia. In fact, more than 50% of clinical experiences are performed on patients with an ASA classification of III or greater. Endoscopy at TMC adds an additional 5,500 available experiences, and a high-risk labor and delivery service provides students prolific experience in obstetrical anesthesia. Student registered nurse anesthetists and anesthesia providers administer over 2,600 obstetrical anesthetics annually.

    Level I Trauma Center designation at TMC allows students the opportunity to become skilled in the management of anesthesia for trauma surgery. Complex, multiple-trauma cases facilitate a “team” approach to anesthesia management. Inter-professional collaboration is required to provide continuity of care from the moment the patient arrives, through surgery and stabilization in the intensive care unit.

    Regional anesthesia education begins in the classroom, progresses in simulation, and culminates in the clinical practicums. Students receive experiences in the administration of spinal, epidural, upper and lower conduction nerve blocks, and intravenous techniques. Intraoperative management and the use of ultrasound are included in the curriculum.

    Pediatric anesthesia experience at Children’s Mercy Hospital provides nurse anesthesia students with one of the most extensive pediatric experiences in the country. Experiences include cases in all surgical specialties including ENT, ophthalmology, general surgery, orthopedics and neurosurgery.

    Cardiovascular anesthesia experience at Harry S. Truman VA Hospital, Centerpoint Medical Center and Lake Regional Medical Center allows students to acquire the knowledge and hands-on skills necessary for placement and management of arterial lines, CVP lines, and pulmonary artery catheters as well as the anesthetic management of open heart and vascular/thoracic procedures.

    Call Experience: Students participate in (in-hospital) call experiences along with other clinical faculty 1 to 3 times per month throughout the clinical portion of the program. Call experiences provide students additional opportunities to engage in anesthesia care for emergency surgical and obstetrical patients under the direct supervision of CRNAs and anesthesiologists. Awake fiberoptic, nasal and oral intubations are performed on patients throughout the hospital, as anesthesia personnel (SRNA, CRNA, and MD) are members of the code blue and emergency airway team.

    Housing & Travel

    Students will be required to travel to clinical sites outside the Kansas City area. If the clinical site exceeds 60 miles from Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill, housing will be provided for the student. Currently, there is no cost to the student for housing at distant educational sites.

    Typical case numbers upon graduation from TMC School of Nurse Anesthesia (2015)

    Total Cases: 764-1,001
    Total Anesthesia Hours:
    1400 – 1600
    Physical Status Class 3, 4, or 5:
    445
     
    Regional Anesthesia
    Spinal
    32
    Epidural
    68
    Peripheral Nerve Blocks
    18
     
    Invasive Lines
    Arterial
    43
    CVP
    19
    PA Catheter
    13
     
    Other Anesthetics
    Fiberoptic Intubation
    12
    Caesarean Section
    43
    Geriatric
    139
    Pediatric
    86
    Mask Anesthetic
    44
    Intra-thoracic
    27
  • Admissions

    Nurse Anesthetist

    TMC School of Nurse Anesthesia admits 15-17 students annually in the summer semester (mid-May). The following are the minimum requirements for admission:

    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and graduation from an accredited school of nursing.
    • Registered Nursing License: Unencumbered licensure in the state of Missouri is required prior to admission.
    • Minimum one year full-time work experience or its part-time equivalent, as an RN, in a critical care setting (ICU strongly preferred).
    • Specific undergraduate coursework: General Chemistry I; Organic Chemistry I with lab (grade of B or better highly recommended); and a freestanding Health Assessment course (minimum grade of B or better prior to the first clinical course). It is strongly recommended, but not required, to have completed an undergraduate statistics (or quantitative analysis) course.
    • Graduate Record Exam: MUST BE TAKEN BY SEPTEMBER 1 OF APPLICATION YEAR. A combined verbal and quantitative (QV) score of 300 (1000 older scale) or above and an Analytical Writing (AW) score of 3.5 or greater (all scores are reviewed in relation to the overall Application). GRE must be completed within 5 years of application. OFFICIAL GRE test results must be mailed to UMKC. (The Institution code for UMKC is 6872. Contact UMKC at 816-235-2576 with any questions.) In addition, since TMC SoNA does not have a school code, the applicant must send a copy of test results to TMC School of Nurse Anesthesia. See GRE Example.
    • Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) & Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS): Certifications are required prior to admission.
    • Cumulative grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale: Cumulative GPA is calculated on the last 60 hours of the BSN degree. Emphasis will be placed on science and math course GPA as well.*
    • Three (3) Professional References: One (1) reference must be from an immediate supervisor. The second reference should be from a faculty professor from BSN program representing a capstone or practicum project (an additional professional reference will be considered if > 5 years since education or unable to obtain reference). The third reference should be a professional reference able to assess your professional characteristics.
    • Personal Statement: This should address your professional goals and how this program will help you achieve them (include the references you used to provide this statement). (maximum 1 page)
    • Official transcripts FROM EVERY COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY EVER ATTENDED. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the TMC School of Nurse Anesthesia.
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • Personal interview with Admissions Committee: Invitations for personal interviews will be sent in September-October of each year.

    *Students may be admitted on probation if their grade point average is between 3.0 and 3.19.

    • The probationary status will be removed when the student has successfully completed their first nine (9) hours with a grade of B (not B- or C) or better for each course.
    • Failure to successfully complete these 9 hours the first time will result in dismissal from the program.

    *Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 using the last 60 hours of their BSN GPA:

    • Highly successful, exceptional applicants may petition the Student Affairs Committee for special consideration. The decision of the committee will be final.
      • Applicants requesting special consideration must submit the following items:
        • Graduate Record Exam results
        • Evidence of certifications obtained

    APPLICATION PROCESS:


    1. Utilize the Application Submission Checklist to ensure you complete all required steps and submit all required documents

    2. Complete the CRNA_Admissions_Application and submit in one of the following ways:
      1. Email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

      2. FAX to 816-404-1103, Attn: Admissions Committee, TMC School of Nurse Anesthesia

      3. Mail to Admissions Committee, TMC School of Nurse Anesthesia, 2301 Holmes Street, Kansas City, MO 64108

    3. Submit the following documents via a, b or c above:
      1. Curriculum vitae
      2. Personal statement
      3. Copy of GRE test results
      4. Copy of ACLS, BLS and PALS certifications
      5. Copy of all certifications (i.e. CCRN and TNCC) (as applicable)

    4. Print and complete the applicant portion of the Recommendation Request and submit to three references

    5. Submit $100 MONEY ORDER or CASHIER’S CHECK (made payable to TMC School of Nurse Anesthesia) to Admissions Committee, TMC School of Nurse Anesthesia.* Personal checks cannot be accepted.

    6. Request ALL official college, university and nursing school transcripts be mailed to Admissions Committee, TMC School of Nurse Anesthesia

    7. Request original GRE test results be mailed directly to UMKC. In addition, send a copy of test results to Admissions Committee, TMC School of Nurse Anesthesia.


    All requirements must be met prior to submission of the application packet. Interviews, when granted, will be held in October/November with acceptance notices being mailed in December. Program orientation begins in May of each year.

    Application deadline is September 1.
    October – November: Interviews conducted, by invitation only
    November –December: Admission offered to selected applicants
    May (of the following year): Orientation and coursework begins

    If you have questions, you may contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 816-404-1100.

    * From the date of admission, applicants have a three-day cancellation period, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, to cancel the agreement and receive a refund of all monies paid. After the three-day cancellation period, the money is non-refundable.

    UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies Application Instructions

    Students who are granted an interview at TMC School of Nurse Anesthesia will receive instructions for applying to UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies at that time.

  • Selection Process

    Nurse Anesthetist

    Selection Process

    Application materials are reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Applicants who meet the admission requirements will be scheduled for a personal interview. The interview process begins in October/November for the class starting the following May.

    The Admissions Committee selects those applicants whom they consider to be capable of the greatest success in doctoral studies and the anesthesia program. (Average class size is 12-15 students.) Selection is based on the following criteria:

    1. Transcripts and grade point average
    2. Quality of clinical experience
    3. Evaluation of letters of recommendation from nursing supervisors and nursing school
    4. GRE Score
    5. Personal interview

    Selection is also based upon academic achievement, evidence of sound physical and emotional health, sound ethical and moral character, and motivation to undertake serious study.

    If you believe that you have been denied admission because of your race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, marital status, physical or mental handicap or disability, sexual orientation, or any factor protected by law, you should call 816-404-1127 within 5 working days from the date you receive your denial letter. We will send you the appropriate forms for filing a grievance.

    Once we have received the completed forms, we will investigate your complaint and advise you of the results.

    Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 using the last 60 hours of their BSN GPA:

    Highly successful, exceptional applicants may petition the Student Affairs Committee for special consideration. The decision of the committee will be final. Applicants requesting special consideration must submit the following items:

    • Graduate Record Exam results
    • Evidence of certifications obtained
  • A Few Reasons

    1. A Tradition of Excellence
    The Truman Medical Center (TMC) School of Nurse Anesthesia has a longstanding reputation for academic and clinical excellence. Year after year, our graduates are sought after by employers. In 2015, our school was awarded a maximum 10-year accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs; few programs are granted this high achievement. 2. Supportive Environment
    Our small class size of 15-17 per cohort allows our faculty members to get to know our students and creates a family-like atmosphere. TMC CRNA faculty take great pride in seeing our students’ progress through the various milestones in the program.

    3. A Bright Future
    In partnership with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Nursing and Health Studies, our program awards a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. The comprehensive education you receive will prepare you to become a leader in the nurse anesthesia field.

    4. Unparalleled Setting for Learning
    TMC is the largest and most comprehensive safety net healthcare provider in Jackson County, Missouri. TMC serves as the primary teaching hospital for the UMKC Schools of Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy. Over 1,300 trauma patients enter the doors of our Level One Trauma Center each year. TMC is also noted for its Level III neonatal intensive care unit and expertise in management of high-risk pregnancy. As a result, your experience at TMC is immeasurable.

    5. Affordable Education
    College Values Online ranked our school the 9th most affordable nurse anesthetist program in 2015. As well, Kansas City offers a cost of living below the national average.

    6. Dedicated Faculty
    At TMC, 37 CRNAs instruct and mentor students in the clinical setting. Of these CRNAs, 16 have been educators for more than a decade. As well, 16 are doctorally-prepared and deliver the majority of classroom instruction. Students value that classroom instruction is provided by practicing CRNAs.

    7. Exceptional Clinical Experiences
    Our students have the opportunity to participate in greater than 15,000 anesthesia cases at TMC each year. More than 50% of these clinical experiences occur on patients with a physical status classification of ASA III or greater. In addition, we are affiliated with 11 clinical sites throughout Missouri and the Midwest. The diverse cases and challenging experiences afforded by these sites will help you become a strong anesthesia practitioner – ready for anything.

    8. Leaders in Simulation Education
    We consider simulation to be a “second classroom” outside the operating room. Each student spends over 50 hours in our private simulation training center throughout the program. Our curriculum is distinct in that it has a course dedicated to simulation and anesthesia crisis management.

    9. Emphasis on Service
    We value service to our patients, community, and profession. Students are highly encouraged to participate in professional activities and medical mission trips. In recent years, nearly 1/3 of students have provided anesthesia to patients around the globe as part of a medical mission trip. Stipends and scholarships are available to support students.
  • Faculty

    Administration

    Amber Davies, DNP, CRNA
    Director of Education
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    Kelli Pryor, DNP, CRNA
    Assistant Director of Education
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    Faculty

    Kelly Becker, CRNA, MA, Clinical Instructor
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    Vance Crain, CRNA, DNP, Professor
    Clinical Professor at UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies
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    Casey Dahn, CRNA, MA, Clinical Instructor
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    Jon Featherston, CRNA, Clinical Instructor
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    Paul Gass, CRNA, MA, Clinical Instructor
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    Joe Gibson, CRNA, MA, Clinical Instructor
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    Julie Gregory, CRNA, MA, Clinical Instructor
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    Brandi Guetterman, CRNA, DNP, Manager, Department of Anesthesia, Professor
    Clinical Assistant Professor at UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies
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    Tamara Hill, CRNA, DNAP, Assistant Professor
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    Adam Hoover, CRNA, MA, Clinical Instructor
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    Stephanie Jones, CRNA, MA, Clinical Instructor
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    Justin Kahlich, CRNA, DNP, Clinical Instructor
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    Brad Koper, CRNA, MA, Assistant Professor
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    Mark Lipari, CRNA, DNP, Professor
    Clinical Assistant Professor at UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies
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    Shanna Martin, CRNA, MA, Clinical Instructor
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    Mark Miller, CRNA, MA, Assistant Professor
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    Mary Elizabeth Monnig, CRNA, MA, Assistant Professor
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    Melissa Moreno, CRNA, MA, Clinical Instructor
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    Lyndsy Morton, CRNA, MA, Clinical Instructor
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    Elisa Oetting, CRNA, DNAP, Assistant Professor
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    Nicholas (Nick) Petelin, CRNA, MA, Clinical Instructor; University Health Surgery Center Anesthesia Manager
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    Cheryl (Sherry) Pilsl, CRNA, DNP, Director of Anesthesia, Professor
    Clinical Assistant Professor at UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies
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    Wallace Ralston, CRNA, DNP, Professor
    Clinical Assistant Professor at UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies
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    Chelsea Rothfuss, CRNA, MA, Clinical Instructor
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    Denise Sacheck, CRNA, MS, Clinical Instructor
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    Jennifer Schwarz, CRNA, DNP, Professor
    Clinical Assistant Professor at UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies
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    Erin Shumate, CRNA, MA, Clinical Instructor
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    Brady Skjervem, CRNA, DNP, Clinical Instructor
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    Denise Stuit, CRNA, DNP, Professor
    Clinical Assistant Professor at UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies
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    Kaleena Swingle-Bauck, CRNA, DNAP, Assistant Professor
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    Phillip (Punch) Walton, CRNA, MA, Clinical Instructor
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    Abby Ward, CRNA, MA, Assistant Professor
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    Nicole White, CRNA, MA, Clinical Instructor
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    Lindsey Wilson, CRNA, DNP, Clinical Instructor
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    Kelsey Wykoff, CRNA, MA, Clinical Instructor
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    Staff

    Charlotte Riggs, Senior Administrative Assistant
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  • Program Overview

    Nurse Anesthetist

    Program Goals

    The goal of the DNP program is to educate advanced practice nurse leaders by:
    1. Creating an environment that promotes critical thinking;
    2. Analyzing health outcomes in specialized areas and/or population foci of nursing, within diverse and complex settings;
    3. Preparing students for leadership roles in organizational and/or public policy arenas;
    4. Preparing students to disseminate evidence-based practice findings; and
    5. Preparing students for advanced-practice certification.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Graduates will apply scientific knowledge while utilizing culturally competent and ethically sound principles to develop and execute a safe perianesthetic plan of care.
    2. Graduates will demonstrate critical thinking through integration of evidence from a variety of sources and application of theoretical underpinnings to provide safe, quality care to all patients in a dynamic healthcare system.
    3. Graduates will demonstrate, through effective communication and interpersonal skills, therapeutic relationships with both patients and other healthcare providers.
    4. Graduates will possess the necessary skills to promote the advancement of the nurse anesthesia profession through quality patient outcomes for individuals, aggregates and anesthesia populations across the life span.
    5. Graduates will develop the skills and values required to apply the principles of life-long learning into their anesthesia practice.
    6. Graduates will demonstrate leadership skills to facilitate collaboration of healthcare providers.

    Mission Statement

    Truman Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia, in affiliation with the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies, is a graduate nurse anesthesia program seeking to prepare scientifically knowledgeable, self-motivated, professional nurse anesthetists.

    Vision

    Being leaders and advocates for safe and compassionate anesthesia care.

    Values

    TMC School of Nurse Anesthesia staff value the Code of Ethics for the CRNA and the Standards for Nurse Anesthesia Practice.

    History

    Directed by Dr. Samuel Allen, the Kansas City General Hospital School for Nurse Anesthetists first opened its doors in 1950 and became one of three such schools in the Kansas City, Missouri area. It was accredited by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists in 1953 as a certificate-type program (non-degree).

    Following Dr. Allen, Dr. Hugh Mathenson assumed leadership in 1964 and graduated three to four students annually. In 1965, Dr. James Elam became the school’s third director. He maintained this position until 1966. He was succeeded by Dr. Nina Beatty, who held this role from 1966 to 1990. Under Dr. Beatty’s direction, the school became a Master’s program. During this time, a major milestone in the history of the school was the transition from the Kansas City General Hospital to the new facility known as Truman Medical Center in 1976. Along with the hospital change in name, the name of the school program of anesthesia changed as well.

    Truman Medical Center is a 250-bed facility located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri and is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Missouri – Kansas City, Schools of Medicine and Health Sciences. Our program is also affiliated with the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Biological Sciences- Graduate Studies, offering a Master’s Degree in Biology. This transition took place in 1978 and was completed in 1980, graduating the first class with the elective opportunity to acquire a Master’s Degree. Since 1997 all graduates of the program are required to complete the MA Biology degree requirements as well as attain the Certificate in Nurse Anesthesia Practice degree.

    Changes in the hospital and degree resulted in an improved curriculum focusing on basic sciences in anesthesia, teaching techniques, school affiliations and a continuing update of anesthesia techniques. A continuing education program was initiated during that time, seeking to improve and update the education of the school faculty.

    Chandler F. Bowser, CRNA MA, became the acting Educational Program Director in 1984 and in the summer of 1990, Truman Medical Center, the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine and St. Luke’s Hospital joined forces to improve and strengthen the hospital-based training programs located in both institutions. This affiliation between St. Luke’s and TMC School of Nurse Anesthesia and the School of Medicine effectively ended in 2001. Mark Lipari, CRNA DNP, became the Educational Program Director in 2001 and since that time, the School of Nurse Anesthesia has developed affiliations with many hospitals including Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia, MO, St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, MO, Heartland Regional Medical Center in St Joseph, MO, Lake Regional Medical Center in Osage Beach, MO and Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, MO.

    With these new affiliations have come additional resources in terms of CRNA and anesthesiologist faculty as well as student clinical experiences. Clinical rotations in Obstetrics with emphasis on epidural analgesia/anesthesia, and Cardiovascular anesthesia with emphasis on understanding invasive monitoring as well as placement of invasive monitors have become an emphasis in the new clinical curriculum. The addition of new clinical affiliations also allowed for increased student enrollment going from 8-10 students per class year to 12 -15 students per class year. The number of CRNA faculty also expanded from 11 in 2001 to over 30 CRNA teaching faculty today.

    Truman Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia is proud of its contribution to the continuing need for qualified nurse anesthetists capable of independent practice. Additionally, the school boasts an exceptional success rate (99.68% since 1990) on the National Certification Examination by our graduates. The facilities at Truman Medical Center and its affiliate hospitals, with their diversified equipment and broad clinical experiences, are able to offer students an extensive clinical basis in all forms of anesthesia.

    In 2009 distant education coursework began, and in 2013 TMC School of Nurse Anesthesia was approved by the Council on Accreditation (COA) to be a distant education program. Clinical experiences in a full-body, high fidelity simulation lab accompany much of the curriculum throughout the program. The simulation lab is located at Truman Medical Center Lakewood.

    Amber Davies, CRNA, DNP, was appointed as the program director in 2014. She is only the seventh program director since the school’s inception in 1950. In 2015, St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City became an affiliate clinical site. This year the school was also awarded a 10-year maximum accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs (COA). Beginning in 2016, graduates will continue to receive a Certificate in Nurse Anesthesia Practice from TMC School of Nurse Anesthesia while earning a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies.

    Accreditation

    TMC School of Nurse Anesthesia reports that in the most recent school year (2015), 100% (15/15) of first-time freshmen returned for the second year.

    Certification examination pass rate for 2015 graduates taking the certification exam for the first time was 93% (13/14) graduates. The overall pass rate for all test takers in 2015 (first and second attempt) was 100% (14/14) graduates.

    Employment rate for 2015 graduates within six months of graduation was 100% (14/14).

    Attrition for the most recent graduating class of 2015 was 7% (14/15).

    Notices

    Truman Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, marital status, physical or mental handicap or disability, sexual orientation or any factor protected by law.

    Truman Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia will not permit publication or advertisement in any form that misrepresents the clinical, didactic or accreditation status of our school.

    The information contained herein cannot be considered as an agreement or contract between individual students and Truman Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia or the University of Missouri – Kansas City. The program reserves the right to revise statements, policies, curriculum, fees and calendar at any time without notification.

    Students have the right to:
    • Privacy, respect and confidentiality in all aspects
    • Due process in :
      • Grading
      • Evaluations
      • Clinical Performance
      • Probation/Suspension/Termination
      • Equal Opportunity
      • Appeal denial of admission
      • A work environment free from all forms of harassment or violence
      • View academic, financial and personnel records
      • Resign from the school
    • Information on:
      • Crime statistics for the hospital campus
      • Drug abuse in the workplace
      • Graduation rates, certification exam passing rates
      • Job placement rates

    Truman Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia is accredited by the
    Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs/Schools.
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    Our program received the maximum ten-year accreditation in 2015. The next accreditation will be in 2025.

    Since 1980, graduates of the Truman Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia, in affiliation with the University of Missouri – Kansas City, have received a Certificate in Nurse Anesthesia Practice and a Master of Arts in Biology. The final Master’s cohort graduated in May 2015. In 2013, the COA approved the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in affiliation with the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies. Beginning in 2016, graduates will be awarded the DNP degree and a Certificate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice from the Truman Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia.

    The Truman Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia is approved to operate by the Missouri Coordinating Board of Higher Education.

    The University of Missouri-Kansas City is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. NCAHLC.org

  • Classes + Events

    Nurse Anesthetist Certification

    Class Schedule

    All classes and programs are scheduled using Google Calendar. Please select the group below for your latest schedule.

    a. Faculty

    b. Students

    c. Prospective Students

    d. Alumni


    Nurse Anesthetist

    Upcoming Events


    Saturday September 23, 2017
    20th Annual Fall Anesthesia Conference
    7:00am - 5:00pm

    University of Missouri-Kansas City
    School of Nursing and Health Studies
    Health Sciences Building

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    January 2018 (date TBA)
    8th Annual CRNA Week Celebration and Fundraiser

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  • Questions?

    Contact

    Truman Medical Centers
    School of Nurse Anesthesia
    2301 Holmes
    Kansas City, MO 64108
    Phone: 816-404-1127
    Fax: 816-404-1103
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    FAQs

    Nurse Anesthetist

    Do students get personal leave?

    During the first year of the program, students are required to follow the vacation and holiday schedules of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Each student receives 10 personal days in each clinical year (years 2 and 3) for a total of 20 days for the program. These days may be used for any purpose in which the student is absent (i.e.–sick, vacation, job interviews). In addition to the personal days, 7 holidays are observed each year. For details, see FAQ “Are holidays observed during the clinical practicums?”. All students are allowed up to 7 professional days to attend national professional meetings, medical missions, and other pre-approved professional activities.

    Can a student be granted a leave of absence?

    Leave of absence is granted only under exceptional circumstances.

    Are holidays observed during the clinical practicums?

    Seven holidays are observed by the School: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day (observed the day following Thanksgiving), Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Students scheduled to work on a holiday will receive an extra personal day off in lieu of the holiday worked.

    Is health insurance available?

    Truman Medical Center provides three different health plans and students may choose to purchase coverage for themselves, spouse or family members.

    Is malpractice insurance provided?

    Professional liability insurance coverage is provided by Truman Medical Center for all students during the program.

    Is housing or transportation provided?

    Housing and transportation are the responsibility of the student. Information regarding available housing in the area may be obtained by contacting the school office. However, for clinical affiliate rotations greater than 60 miles from TMC Hospital Hill, housing will be provided for the student.

    Are meals provided?

    Students may purchase meals in the hospital employee cafeteria at reduced employee prices.

    Is financial assistance available?

    Financial assistance information is available through UMKC Financial Aid and Scholarships Department.

    What time commitment should I expect?

    Students will not be required to commit more than 64 hours per week. This time commitment includes the sum of the hours spent in class and all clinical hours.

    Will I take call?

    Students are assigned to take call with a CRNA Instructor only following the completion of basic orientation. Students do not have clinical commitments on the day following call. Students are, however, required to attend any scheduled classes on their day off after call.

    Can I work while I’m in nurse anesthesia school?

    No student anesthetist, by position or responsibility, may be employed at any time to administer anesthesia, at any location, during the program. Part-time employment is strongly advised against and should not interfere with academic and clinical commitments. Students who have academic or clinical problems should not seek part-time employment as a nurse until such problems are resolved.

    Do you accept transfer students?

    TMC does accept transfer students from other anesthesia programs. Should a TMC student wish to transfer to another program, all necessary records will be remitted upon proper request.

    Is it possible that graduation may be deferred?

    Deferred graduation will be considered whenever the student has not successfully completed the minimum clinical and didactic anesthesia requirements as defined by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

    Why a DNP?

    Completion of the DNP program encompasses the vision of the Institute of Medicine recommendations for future healthcare providers and advanced practice nurses. The degree is guided by the essential requirements set forth by the AACN, CCNE, and COA as essential for doctoral level education in advanced practice nurse anesthesia.

    What is the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists?

    The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is the professional association representing nearly 47,000 nurse anesthetists.

    Is there a state association for nurse anesthetists?

    Yes, each state has a professional association. Information can be found on the Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists website.

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