Wayne State University

Curriculum

The Master of Science in Anesthesia: Curriculum design

The Master of Science in Anesthesia is 74 credits taken over six semesters. Ten of the 74 credits are taken as prerequisites following the interview process, then applicants are offered a position in the program. Graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Examination (NCE) given by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA). The nurse anesthesia program is offered full-time only. 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 progress to more complex and challenging cases. At the onset of the program, students are closely connected with the use of simulation to demonstrate their ability to integrate the didactic preparation to clinical practice. Students are provided clinical case scenarios following their didactic coursework to develop a clinical plan in which they are expected to articulate their rationale for their course of action followed by a simulation demonstration of the activities associated with their selected plan.

The Human Patient Simulator Complex (HPS) is located on the second floor in close proximity to the Nurse Anesthesia classroom. The suite is equipped with adult simulators and a pediatric model to facilitate all aspects of students learning. The simulation suite is also used to help students learn various approaches to advanced clinical techniques in anesthesia. These include an all-day workshop on Difficult Airway Management and Central Line Placements.

First Year

Fall Semester I (15 weeks) — 15 credits

  • AN 7010................................. Advanced Health & Physical Assessment and Clinical Practice (1 credit)
  • AN 7100................................. Pharmacology I (4 credits)
  • AN 7150................................. Principles of Anesthesia I (4 credits)
  • AN 7500................................. Chemistry/Physics (2 credits)
  • AN 7880..................................Seminar (1 day/week) CAC (1 day/month) (0 credits)*
  • PSL 7010................................Advanced Physiology I (4 credits)**

Winter Semester II (15 weeks) — 14 credits

  • AN 7020................................. Clinical (2 credits)
  • AN 7110................................. Pharmacology II (3 credits)
  • AN 7160................................. Principles of Anesthesia II (3 credits)
  • AN 7180................................. EKG (1 credit)
  • AN 7880..................................Seminar (1 day/week) CAC (1 day/month) (1 credit)
  • PSL 7030................................Advanced Physiology II (4 credits)**

Spring/Summer Semester III (13 weeks) — 10 credits

  • AN 7030................................. Clinical (2 credits)
  • AN 7170................................. Principles of Anesthesia III (2 credits)
  • AN 7240................................. Patho-Physiology (2 credits)
  • AN 7600................................. Regional Anesthesia II (2 credits)
  • AN 7880..................................Seminar (1 day/week) CAC (1 day/month) (1 credit)
  • AN 7885................................. Research Design (1 credit)

Second Year

Fall Semester IV (15 weeks) — 9 credits

  • AN 7040................................. Clinical (3 credits)
  • AN 7120................................. Advanced Pharmacology III (2 credits)
  • AN 7190................................. Advanced Cardiovascular Patho-Physiology and EKG (1 credit)
  • AN 7620................................. Pulmonary Mechanics (2 credits)
  • AN 7880..................................Seminar (1 day/week) CAC (1 day/month) (1 credit)

Winter Semester V (15 weeks) — 9 credits

  • AN 7050................................. Clinical (3 credits)
  • AN 7690................................. Advanced Clinical Anesthesia Practice Review I (1 credit)
  • AN 7780................................. Professional Dimensions (3 credit)
  • AN 7800................................. Acute and Chronic Pain Management (1 credit)
  • AN 7880..................................Seminar (1 day/week) CAC (1 day/month) (1 credit)

Spring/Summer Semester VI (13 weeks) — 7 credits

  • AN 7060................................. Clinical (2 credits)
  • AN 7700................................. Advanced Clinical Anesthesia Practice Review II (1 credit)
  • AN 7730................................. Process of Teaching (2 credits)
  • AN 7880..................................Seminar (1 day/week) CAC (1 day/month) (1 credit)
  • AN 7890................................. Terminal Project (1 credit)

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