Mission, vision and goals

To cultivate the appropriate learning environments essential to academic excellence, to incorporate advanced knowledge, and to prepare a diverse body of students to thrive and positively impact local and global communities. The program promotes research activities to enhance the knowledge and understanding of best practices important to a diverse patient population with a focus on quality patient outcomes. The program also focuses on developing mechanisms to build new and innovative partnership across a variety of health care disciplines.

Learner expectations

The following are essential attributes that each anesthesia provider or potential anesthesia provider must possess in order to successfully complete the Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia. The learner expectations provide insight to those interested in applying for Graduate Education in Nurse Anesthesia to better understand the physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral requirements necessary to continually function in the best interest of patients by providing quality and safe anesthesia care to patients. Fundamental to the requirements for safe anesthesia practice necessitates that students show skills and abilities to optimize the following areas of learning:

  1. Observation
  2. Communication
  3. Psychomotor capabilities
  4. Cognitive (Intellectual and Conceptual) abilities
  5. Evidence of Social and Behavioral applications to practice

Observational, communication and preparation

Students will demonstrate through auditory, visual and other sensory modalities to devise safe anesthesia patient care plans, implementation, and management of care along the patient care continuum that can be effectively articulated (verbal or written) to supervising instructors and members of health care teams.

Motor skills or psychomotor skills

These include the opportunity for students to manually execute fine and gross motor movements and the senses of touch to perform all the technical skills associated with safe anesthesia practice. These required functions occur in the operating room, outside the operating room, and in emergent situations and the student is expected to have the stamina for rapid response in order to protect patient and diminish poor patient outcomes.

Conceptual abilities or cognitive learning

Cognitive learning comprises of concepts that begin with basic knowledge to the most complex in which students learn to recall basic information, expand basic concepts with new information, able to critically interpret information (visual, auditory, written, tactile, verbal) and synthesis pieces of information to the complete interpretable idea, and ultimately provide care and evaluate the outcomes of the care provided. The theoretical and scientific concepts of anesthesia practice are grounded with in-depth knowledge of the sciences with continuing relationship to clinical practice, and patient care outcomes that continue throughout the process of anesthesia education.

Behavioral and social attributes or affective learning

The dynamics of the operating room culture require students to transfer their best effort to communicate effectively and professionally to patients and the health care team. Tolerance of performance and behaviors requires full control of physical and mental attributes. Integrity, compassion, concerns for others, interest and motivation are all fundamental to nursing principles that must be continued throughout anesthesia education.

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.
  • 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 populations.
  • Participate in quality management and process improvement activities.
  • Participate in state and national educational activities essential for ongoing professional growth and development.