The Master’s of Science in Nursing degree, Nurse Anesthesia Concentration is a 27-month program that requires full-time study. Upon completion of all didactic and clinical requirements with a specialization in nurse anesthesia, the graduate will be eligible to take the National Certification Examination offered by the National Board of Certification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).
The curriculum is comprised of core courses that cover research and theoretical considerations of advanced nursing practice, and professional and economic issues associated with today’s healthcare environment. The specialty specific courses address the basic and advanced principles and practices of anesthesia with heavy emphasis on physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology.
The clinical anesthesia practicum courses begin in the first fall semester and continue throughout duration of the program. Students begin to administer anesthesia under constant supervision of clinical CRNA and/or anesthesiologist preceptors.
Our curriculum is demanding and rigorous. The time commitment required of successful students is substantial.
A 27 month program of rigorous coursework with bountiful clinical experiences prepares our students for the national certification exam offered by the NBCRNA. Once certified, graduates who earn their MSN in Nurse Anesthesia from UTC may begin work immediately as a CRNA, without the need for additional on-the-job training or work-related orientation.
Students from Mississippi are encouraged to take advantage of UTC's partnership with North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Mississippi. Through state-of-the-art distance learning technology, students in Tupelo are able to attend classes, participating in clinical rotations at North Mississippi Medical Center, gaining access to various specialty areas of anesthesia practice within one institution and without additional travel.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offers some of the lowest tuition rates in the region. In addition, UTC participates with fifteen other states in the Academic Common Market. Through this program, students wishing to pursue study in graduate programs not available within their home state may be able to attend out-of-state programs at in-state tuition rates.
Medical residency programs in anesthesia are not offered at any of the hospitals where students complete their clinical rotations. As a result, UTC nurse anesthesia students do not compete with anesthesiology residents for opportunities to participate in challenging clinical experiences.
Graduates from the UTC/Erlanger Health Systems MSN Nurse Anesthesia program outperform the national first-time pass rate on the NCE. The first-time pass rate for August 2011 and 2013 graduates on the National Certification Examination is 100%. Students who complete the 27-month program at the UTC/Erlanger Nurse Anesthesia Program traditionally score above the national average on their certification examination after graduation.
The master’s degree in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). The MSN Nurse Anesthesia Concentration is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) through May 2022. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).