The purpose of the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
(MSNA) program is to prepare the registered nurse for
advanced clinical practice in the field of anesthesia, as a
certified registered nurse anesthetist. Graduates of this
program receive a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
degree. Upon successful completion, the student will be
eligible to sit for the national certification examination
offered by the National Board of Certification and
Recertification for Nurse Anesthesia (NBCRNA).
The responsibility of the program is to offer a comprehensive didactic and
clinical curriculum in the field of anesthesia. Classroom work provides a
knowledge base for advanced pharmacology, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology
and principles of anesthesia. Clinical work is extensive and prepares the nurse
to provide anesthesia services for various patient populations.
This program is a 28 month continuous program of study with
20 months of continuous study and no provision for
part-time study. The program does
not follow the traditional semester format of the College. Therefore, the nurse anesthesia
student schedule does not follow traditional holiday and semester breaks of the
main campus except for the first 2 semesters. Instruction, both didactic and
clinical, is continuous in order to provide the appropriate number of anesthesia
cases, classroom hours, and clinical hours for each student. Students will receive vacation time
as listed under the “Leave Section" of the
Nurse Anesthesia Student Handbook.
The graduate of the program of study leading to the Master of Science in Nurse
Anesthesia degree will:
Evaluate the patient’s physical and psychological status, including evaluation
of all pertinent laboratory and diagnostic studies and formulate an appropriate
anesthesia plan of care.
Demonstrate the advanced knowledge and skills that comprise a foundation for
safe and competent nurse anesthesia practice.
Demonstrate the ability to utilize a variety of anesthetic modalities including
general and regional anesthetic techniques to patients across the lifespan.
Ensure the safety and comfort of the patient postoperatively, identifying and
consulting on anesthesia-related complications.
Function as a leader and resource person in the areas of airway management,
critical care, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Discuss issues related to the practice of nurse anesthesia, including ethics,
history, reimbursement, and the business of anesthesia.
Effectively communicate with all individuals influencing patient care utilizing
appropriate verbal, non-verbal, and written communication.
Maintain legal and ethical standards of practice, accepting responsibility and
accountability for one’s own actions and judgments.
Participate in activities that improve anesthesia care through the continuous
acquisition of knowledge.
Understand the importance of participation in state and national professional
Function as a leader, role model, and mentor to other anesthesia providers,
anesthesia students, and health care providers.
Applicants should fulfill the following criteria to be considered for admission:
Current, unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse (RN).
Graduate of a NLNAC or CCNE accredited school of nursing at the RN level.
Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited college or university.
Minimum of 1-year full-time (2 years preferred)
recent experience as a RN in an adult
intensive care unit.
Academic preparedness for advanced sciences and advanced clinical skills.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within five (5) years prior to applying for
the program; official copy must be submitted.
Completion of application requirements as stated in the graduate application
Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Application completed by advertised deadline.
Current BLS and ACLS certification.
certification required for reapplication.
undergraduate or graduate chemistry course.
Applications for the MSNA program are due on or before
November 1. Entrance into
the Nurse Anesthesia program is competitive and is based on the stated
admission requirements. Applicants are responsible to ensure their applications are
complete by the published deadline to be considered for an interview. Qualified
applicants are interviewed by program representatives. Selection of each class
is by the Admission, Progression, and Graduation Committee. Applicants that are
interviewed will be notified by mail of acceptance or rejection for the program. Once admitted to the program and
prior to beginning coursework, the student must obtain RN licensure in the State
of Louisiana and PALS certification.
Admission, Readmission and Minimum Enrollment
Admission to the Nurse Anesthesia program occurs once each year. The
application deadline is November 1. Classes begin in August
of the following year. Students are required to attend
full-time in the sequence listed in the
curriculum plan. There are currently no provisions for part-time study. Students
who have a break in enrollment must re-apply for admission.
Upon approval by the Program Director or Dean, students may be allowed to
transfer in three graduate credit hours of statistics to be used toward the
Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia.
SAMPLE CURRICULUM PLAN
Students shall meet the following requirements to be recommended for graduation
and eligibility for the certification examination. Each student must:
all of the requirements of the accrediting/approval bodies for licensure.
all of the requirements of Our Lady of the Lake College Nurse Anesthesia
Administer a minimum of 550 anesthetics (NOTE: this is a minimum number ONLY. It is not indicative of the final number
of cases the student will be required to complete in order to meet all course
Administer all required types of anesthetic cases.
Complete all course work within allotted time period with a 3.0 or better
have current BLS, ACLS, and PALS certifications at the time of graduation.
Meet all the eligibility requirements of the
Satisfy all indebtedness to Our Lady of the Lake College , including the return of all materials borrowed from
the College Library.
Each student is responsible to monitor his/her progress to ensure that
graduation and certification requirements are met. If a student finds s/he is
not getting enough clinical cases or enough types of cases to fulfill the
requirements, the student must notify his/her clinical coordinators and the
Program Director immediately. Early notification is imperative so appropriate
changes in clinical assignments can be made.