2015-2016 Master of Science in Nursing Anesthesia Courses

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MSNA 500 Physiology I (5)
An in-depth study of human medical physiology and pathophysiology. The fall semester will include membrane transport, nerve and muscle physiology. It will also cover cardiac and body fluid dynamics.
MSNA 501 Physiology II (5)
Second semester physiology will cover the remaining systems, particularly respiratory and kidney function, and will include digestive, endocrine and immunologic systems.
MSNA 510 Chemistry and Physics for Nurse Anesthetists (3)
This course will provide the background knowledge that nurse anesthetists need to understand physical and molecular processes as they relate to the practice of anesthesia, as well as many of the concepts that underlie the pharmacology and physiology courses required for the MSNA program. Emphasis is placed on basic chemistry, biochemistry, and physics. Additional topics include a math review and an introduction to anesthesia equipment, including the anesthesia machine.
MSNA 520 Pharmacology I (3)
The basic principles underlying the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of drugs including mechanism of action, absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion and toxicology will be presented. This will be followed by general discussion of injected and inhaled anesthetics and then detailed examination of each of the commonly used anesthetic drugs. Pharmacogenetic and pharmacoeconomic principles will also be presented.
MSNA 521 Pharmacology II (3)
In this continuation course, detailed presentations of other pharmacological agents encountered by nurse anesthetists will be presented. Descriptions of various classes of drugs including chemotherapeutic, antihypertensive and anti-inflammatory drugs will be given. Special emphasis will be placed on the interaction of these drugs with the anesthetics.
MSNA 530 Gross Anatomy (3)
Human anatomy in an integrated lecture/lab setting will be reviewed. The systems directly involved in anesthesia will be reviewed in-depth, particularly the nervous, cardiac and respiratory systems. Cadaver dissection will support the classroom experience.
MSNA 540 Anesthesia Principles I (3)
This course is designed to present the student with an overview of introductory principles related to nurse anesthesia as well as professional aspects of nurse anesthesia practice. Emphasis is placed on the history of nurse anesthesia, preoperative and postoperative assessment, monitoring, documentation, and airway.
MSNA 550 Anesthesia Principles II (5)
A presentation of topics related to the clinical practice of anesthesia including: regional, pediatric, respiratory thoracic, vascular, cardiac, neuro, and obstetric, musculoskeletal, ENT, orthopedic, and laparoscopic anesthesia. A pharmacology review with emphasis on anesthetic drugs will also be discussed.
MSNA 551 Anesthesia Principles III (2)
This course continues the presentation of the advanced principles of anesthesia.  The following topics will be covered: obesity, geriatrics, hematology and immune functions, respiratory disorders, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, and organ transplant anesthesia.
MSNA 552 Anesthesia Principles IV (2)
This course continues the presentation of the advanced principles of nurse anesthesia. The following topics will be covered in detail: hepatic/GI system, burns, trauma, ocular, and high-risk obstetric anesthesia; data interpretation; and pharmacology review.
MSNA 553 Professional Aspects I (2)
. The following topics will be covered in detail: legal issues in anesthesia,  and curriculum vitae development, as well as personal evaluation testing in preparation for the certification exam. Emphasis is placed on the business of anesthesia, reimbursement and payment, professional ethics and substance abuse, quality improvement, structure and function of the AANA, professional advocacy, and practice standards and regulation.
MSNA 554 Professional Aspects II (1)
This course is specifically designed to prepare students to pass the certification exam. This course includes sections on study skills, study planning, priority planning, time management, test preparation, test-taking skills, test anxiety, and a review of study materials supplied by the national board of certification of nurse anesthetists.
MSNA 560 Simulator Lab (2)
Students will have hands-on interaction with high-fidelity manikins and equipment. This course is designed to take the student through the chronological steps of giving an anesthetic. Students will demonstrate proficiency in basic anesthesia skills.
MSNA 570 Research Methods (2)
This course focuses on preparing students to critically analyze literature and discuss a variety of research methods. Emphasis is placed on reading and interpreting published research in terms of applicability to the healthcare professional. Discussion groups, class presentations and lectures will use research articles to clarify and expand key research concepts that demonstrate best nursing practice.
MSNA 571 Research Practicum (3)
This course consists of independent study and the preparation and presentation of a capstone project. Students will prepare a case presentation on a personal clinical experience and write a scholarly paper on the case.
MSNA 580 Anesthesia Seminar I (1)
This course will focus on basic cases using clinical case scenarios.
MSNA 581 Anesthesia Seminar II (1)
This course will focus on uncommon cases using clinical case scenarios. CRNA standards of practice will be presented and discussed.
MSNA 582 Anesthesia Seminar III (1)
This course will expose the student to various topics such as the difficult airway and cultural differences that may impact the delivery of anesthesia care.
MSNA 601 Clinical Practicum I (4)
Clinical practicum will consist of preoperative interviews and patient assessment, intra-operative anesthesia care, and post-operative patient management. Students will gain experience in intravenous sedation and analgesia, intravenous and regional blocks, and general anesthetics.
MSNA 602 Clinical Practicum II (4)
Clinical practicum will consist of preoperative interviews and patient assessment, intra-operative anesthesia care, and post-operative patient management. Students will gain experience in intravenous sedation and analgesia, intravenous and regional blocks, and general anesthetics.
MSNA 603 Clinical Practicum III (4)
Clinical practicum will consist of preoperative interviews and patient assessment, intra-operative anesthesia care, and post-operative patient management. Students will gain experience in intravenous sedation and analgesia, intravenous and regional blocks, and general anesthetics.
MSNA 604 Clinical Practicum IV (3)
Clinical practicum will consist of preoperative interviews and patient assessment, intra-operative anesthesia care, and post-operative patient management. Students will gain experience in intravenous sedation and analgesia, intravenous and regional blocks, and general anesthetics.
MSNA 610 Nurse Anesthesia Issues in Diversity (1)
This independent study course focuses on principles of diversity that are not covered in other MSNA courses.  Prerequisites: consent of instructor and program director.
MSNA 611 Evidence-Based Practice (1)
This independent study course focuses on evidence-based practice (EBP) and critical thinking principles that are not covered in other MSNA courses.  Prerequisites: consent of instructor and program director.
MSNA 612 Advanced Respiratory Physiology and Pathophysiology (1)
This independent study course focuses on professionalism and anesthesia awareness principles that are not covered in other MSNA courses.  Prerequisites: consent of instructor and program director.
MSNA 660 Advanced Health Assessment (1)
This course introduces advanced concepts and techniques for completing a comprehensive, holistic health assessment for patients of all ages.
MSNA 668 Directed Studies (1–4)
Directed studies are independent pursuits of topics/areas not covered by core  or elective courses. Prerequisites: consent of instructor, director, and school dean.