Nurse Anesthesia Program
The nurse anesthesia program is a 28-month course of study designed to prepare professional nurses as practitioners of nurse anesthesia eligible for national certification.
Applications to the program are accepted throughout the year for consideration by the Nurse Anesthesia Admissions Committee each Spring. Each new class will begin in January.
The mission of the nurse anesthesia program is to provide the students a clinical and didactic curriculum which enables them to meet graduation requirements of this program and to take the National Certification Exam so they can practice as CRNAs.
In meeting our mission, the nurse anesthesia program accepts the following beliefs:
Since the inception (2003) the program has had a 94.5% graduation rate and a 93% first time pass rate (100% overall pass rate) on the National Certification Examination.
The class of 2012 had 12/12 students (100%) graduated, and 12/12 students (100%) passed the national certification examination on first testing.
The class of 2013 had 10/12 students (83%) graduated, and 10/10 students (100%) passed the national certification examination on first testing.
The class of 2014 had 10/11 students (91%) graduated, and 10/10 students (100%) passed the national certification examination on first testing.
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The East Carolina University College of Nursing Nurse Anesthesia Program was developed in 2002. In October 2006 the program received a 10 year accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA; 222 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL, 60068, (847) 692-7050).
The Council on Accreditation is a specialized accrediting body recognized by both the United States Department of Education and Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Click here to visit the COA website.
- Human beings are individuals with needs, values, worth, and dignity. Although many human responses may be generalized and are predictable, all humans are unique and constantly interact with the environment in efforts to achieve a balance between their own unique needs and those of society. Adaptation is a process of seeking a maximum level of human functioning. Nurse anesthetists assist patient's physical and psychosocial adaptation to the anesthesia environment.
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- Nursing, as a discipline and a practice profession, is at once an art and a science concerned with human response to illness or potential health problems. Nursing involves caring for and about people. The goal of nursing is to assist individuals, families, groups, and communities to promote, attain, and maintain health or assure peaceful death through collaboration among clients, professional nurses, and other health care providers. Nurses are accountable to the clients they serve and are responsible for advancing nursing knowledge, critical thinking, theory, research, and lifelong inquiry.
- Learning is a dynamic internal process through which individuals develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes. Learning is a lifelong process evidenced by growth and sustained change in behavior. Learners vary in their past experiences, learning patterns, cognitive structures, motivation, interests, and life goals. Learning is facilitated by the learner's active participation in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of their own learning experiences. Faculty in the nurse anesthesia program is dedicated to the educational development of nurses in the specialty of nurse anesthesia.
- Nursing education guides the learner to attain competencies required for nursing. Nursing education considers the uniqueness of the learner and fosters commitment, accountability, autonomy, leadership, self-awareness, and continued professional development.
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