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Curricular Requirements

The MSNA curriculum is designed so that students are based on UNE's Portland campus for the first eight months (two semesters) of the program. The majority of the basic science and anesthesia didactic courses are offered during this period. The remaining 19 months of the program are clinically-based, with an emphasis on advanced coursework, clinical training, simulation lab experiences, and completion of a capstone project. All students are required to complete the entire curriculum with passing grades. 

Course Requirements    
  Hours Credits
Summer (May - August)    
ANE 504 - Advanced Pharmacology I 45 3
ANE 507 - Basic Principles of Anesthesia I 60 4
ANE 631 - Professional Aspects  45 3
ANE 603 - Advanced Physiology I 45 3
ANE 609 - Research Methods for the Health Professional 45 3
ANE 632 - Advanced Pathophysiology I 45 3
Subtotal  285 19
Fall (August-December)     
ANE 512 - Airway Management and Regional Techniques 60 4
ANE 602 - Basic Principles of Anesthesia II 60 4
ANE 604 - Advanced Physiology II 45 3
ANE 606 - Advanced Pharmacology II 45 3
ANE 629 - Advanced Physical Assessment Across the Lifespan 45 3
ANE 633 - Advanced Pathophysiology II 45 3
Subtotal 300 20
Spring  (January-April)     
ANE 623 - Advanced Principles of Anesthesia I 45 3
ANE 650 - Clinical Practicum I 15 1
Subtotal 60 4
Summer (April - August)     
ANE 624 - Advanced Principles of Anesthesia II 45 3
ANE 652 - Clinical Practicum II 15 1
Subtotal  60 4
Fall (August - December)     
ANE 654 - Clinical Practicum III 15 1
ANE 628 - Research Practicum I 15 1
Subtotal 30 2
Spring (January-April)     
ANE 656 - Clinical Practicum IV 15 1
ANE 630 - Research Practicum II 15 1
ANE 619 - Business and Leadership in Anesthesia Practice 15 1
Subtotal  45 3
Summer (April - August)     
ANE 658 - Clinical Practicum V 15 1
ANE 627 - Anesthesia Crisis Resource Management 15 1
Subtotal  30 2
Program Total  765 51

Clinical Training

Upon completion of the didactic portion of the program, the students move on to the 19-month clinical portion of the curriculum. The primary focus is clinical anesthesia training. The clinical experience obtained will be of the width and breadth necessary for the student to achieve clinical competency in anesthesia. This is accomplished through affiliations at various clinical sites.

Each student is required to participate in a minimum number of cases and techniques but program and clinical faculty strive for our students to achieve well above the established standards. The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs has set minimum standards for clinical experience that each student must achieve prior to graduation from the program in order to qualify for the National Certifying Examination.  All of the surgical specialties are included, including hands-on training in regional anesthesia techniques. Specialty experiences (i.e. neurosurgery, open-heart surgery, high-risk obstetrics) when not available at primary hospital affiliation sites, will be obtained from rotations at other medical facilities.

All types of anesthesia techniques and the latest agents are available for student learning. Students are able to obtain experience in general anesthetics, intravenous agents, invasive line placement, and regional anesthesia including spinal, epidural, and peripheral nerve blocks. Students are required to rotate to CRNA-only sites also and gain this valuable experience.

Clinical Affiliates

Please refer to the school website for a list of clinical sites currently utilized by the School of Nurse Anesthesia.

Graduation Requirements

In order for a student to graduate, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Satisfactory completion of all didactic and clinical courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Satisfactory completion of clinical experience as required by the School of Nurse Anesthesia and the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.
  3. Satisfactory completion and fulfillment of stated UNE School of Nurse Anesthesia Student Learning Outcomes.
  4. Completion of twenty-seven actual months in program, exclusive of probationary time.
  5. All evaluations must be completed and signed, including University and Program evaluations.
  6. All clinical records must be completed and submitted to the Anesthesia School Administrative staff.
  7. Successful completion of the capstone project.
  8. All fees must be paid in full.
  9. All library books must be returned.
  10. A current RN license and ACLS, PALS, BLS Certifications must be on file.
  11. Successful completion of the Self-Evaluation Exam (SEE) from the NBCRNA. Students are required to obtain a SEE score of 425 or higher before they can complete the program. The program will pay for the first attempt and the student is responsible for subsequent SEE payments until the minimum score is obtained. This may delay graduation for the program