Wayne State University

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Curriculum Design

The curriculum is fully integrated allowing students to begin clinical experiences in the first semester and continuing throughout the length of the program. Students begin their clinical experiences with observation, preparation, and implementation of a basic anesthetic for simple cases and gradually progressing to the more complex and challenging cases.  To view the Master Class Schedule, please click here.

Clinical Design

The curriculum design provides experiential practices to students throughout the program. The program is affiliated with 19 clinical sites, some of which are primary clinical sites while others provide additional enrichments to students learning that exceed beyond the minimum requirements of the Council on Accreditation (COA) of Educational Programs. Detroit Receiving Hospital is the clinical home base for the program. Prior to beginning clinical rotations students are assessed in the Human Patient Simulator Lab using patient care scenarios followed by assessment of the transference of didactic knowledge and practical applications. Each affiliation site has a clinical coordinator and clinical instructors that work with students during their rotations.

Professional Development

In addition to meeting the didactic requirements by the COA students are also involved in a series of educational opportunities for advanced practice skills and educational and professional growth. Some of the activities incorporated in the program include an all day Airway and Central Line Workshop to include didactic instruction and followed by hands on practice. Students in their senior year of the program also develop and implement an all day Continuing Education (CE) seminar for practitioners, students and guests. Students are actively involved with a variety of student groups (elementary and high school students and nursing students) to learn about the various science programs at the college. The use of the Human Patient Simulator Lab has become an excellent area for nurse anesthesia students to demonstrate their role as nurse anesthesia students and as future practitioners.

Outcome Criteria of the Program

Upon graduation from the educational program, graduates will have attained the following goals:

  • Meet all terminal behavioral objectives of the educational program to perform as safe and competent anesthetists.
  • Achieve a passing score on the National Certification Examination
  • Deliver anesthesia services to all patient population, including specialty services as trauma, pediatrics, obstetrics, and cardiovascular services.
  • Demonstrate the required knowledge and competencies to be employed in diverse practice settings including rural hospitals to provide quality and safe anesthesia care to specialized patient population.
  • Participate in quality management and process improvement activities.
  • Participate in state and national educational activities essential for ongoing professional growth and development.

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