Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) Courses

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MSNA - Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) Courses

MSNA-500: Physiology I (Credits: 5)

An in-depth study of human medical physiology. The fall semester will include membrane transport, nerve and muscle physiology. It will also cover cardiac and body fluid dynamics.

MSNA-501: Physiology II (Credits: 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 (Credits: 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 CRNA program. Emphasis is placed on basic chemistry, biochemistry, and physics. Additional topics include a math review and an introduction to anesthesia equipment.

MSNA-520: Pharmacology I (Credits: 4)

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 (Credits: 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 (Credits: 3)

A review of the study of human anatomy in an integrated lecture/lab setting. 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 (Credits: 3)

A presentation of topics related to the practice of anesthesia, including the history of nurse anesthesia, the professional organization, legal aspects, credentialing, substance abuse, medical malpractice and anesthesia billing.

MSNA-550: Anesthesia Principles II (Credits: 5)

A presentation of topics related to the practice of anesthesia, including the history of nurse anesthesia, the professional organization, legal aspects, credentialing, substance abuse, medical malpractice and anesthesia billing.

MSNA-551: Anesthesia Principles III (Credits: 2)

This course continues the presentation of the advanced principles of anesthesia. In this block of instruction, the following topics will be covered: respiratory, hepatorenal, vascular, cardiac, vascular, neuroanesthesia and anesthesia for endocrine pathophysiology.

MSNA-552: Anesthesia Principles IV (Credits: 2)

This course continues the presentation of the advanced principles of nurse anesthesia. In this block of instruction, the following topics will be discussed in detail: regional anesthesia, obstetrics, pediatrics, and anesthesia for ear, nose and throat surgery.

MSNA-553: Professional Aspects I (Credits: 2)

This course continues the presentation of the advanced principles of nurse anesthesia. In this block of instruction, the following topics will be discussed in detail: organ transplantation, ambulatory and outpatient surgery as well as anesthesia in remote locations, geriatrics/conscious sedation, trauma/burns, and anesthesia for musculoskeletal diseases.

MSNA-554: Professional Aspects II (Credit: 1)

This course provides instruction in pain management techniques, difficult airway workshops, research articles, and advanced simulation exercises while the students remain in clinical.

MSNA-560: Simulator Lab (Credits: 2)

Hands on interaction with SimMan. This course is designed to take the student through the chronological steps of giving an anesthetic. The SimMan simulator can be intubated. Student actions have direct influence on mannequin vital signs and care giver actions will dictate how SimMan responds.

MSNA-570: Research Methods (Credits: 2)

This course focuses on preparing students to critically analyze and develop research. Emphasis is placed on reading and interpreting published research in terms of applicability to the health care professional. Discussion groups, class presentations and lectures will use research articles to clarify and expand on key research concepts.

MSNA-571: Research Practicum (Credits: 3)

This course consists of independent study and the preparation and presentation of a capstone project.

MSNA-580: Anesthesia Seminar I (Credit: 1)

This course will focus on SimMan exercises, case scenarios, and standards of practice.

MSNA-581: Anesthesia Seminar II (Credit: 1)

This course will focus on advanced SimMan exercises, difficult case scenarios, and standards of practice.

MSNA-582: Anesthesia Seminar III (Credit: 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. Students will also have the opportunity to hone clinical and critical thinking skills by managing clinical case scenarios in the simulator laboratory.

MSNA-590: Special Topics in Anesthesia (Credits: 2)

This course provides instruction in pain management techniques, difficult airway workshops, research articles, and advanced simulation exercises.

MSNA-601: Clinical Practicum I (Credits: 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 (Credits: 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 (Credits: 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 (Credits: 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-660: Advanced Health Assessment (Credit: 1)

This course introduces the theoretical and laboratory components of a comprehensive, holistic nurse anesthesia health assessment. Concepts and techniques necessary for gathering and analyzing data about the physical, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual aspects of a client's state of wellness and preparation for surgery are emphasized. Comprehensive health assessments will focus on clients from adolescence through late adulthood.

MSNA-668: Directed Studies (Credits: 1 to 4)

Independent pursuit of topics/areas not covered by core or core of elective courses. Requires consent of instructor, director, and school dean. This course is repeatable for credit.