About the Program
From Your First Interview, Every Moment Sets You Up for Success
You’ll receive ongoing support from faculty as well as senior peers—and then we’ll connect you with local CRNA preceptors for mentoring in a clinical setting. Pair that with extensive hands-on experience, small class sizes, and an engaging learning environment, and you have a recipe to succeed in any operating room.
We believe in going beyond “prepared.” The required number of cases students need to graduate is 600—but our graduates routinely average over 900 cases.
What You'll Learn
A graduate of the MSNA program:
- Evaluates delivery of a safe anesthetic with vigilant protection of the patient and prevention of complications.
- Develops individualized perianesthetic care throughout anesthetic continuum to patients of all ages and physical conditions.
- Integrates skill and knowledge necessary to function as a resource person for airway and ventilator management of patients in a variety of settings.
- Utilizes critical thinking, decision making, and the application of sound principles and evidence-based research in practice.
- Applies mastery of anesthesia concepts and skills by becoming eligible to sit for the NBCRNA certification examination.
- Develops verbal, nonverbal, and written communication necessary to influence patient care.
- Integrates professional attributes necessary to accept responsibility and accountability of a new anesthesia practice.
- Proposes politically active advancements in nurse anesthesia.
Westminster MSNA graduates are eligible to sit for the National Certifying Exam (NCE) for Nurse Anesthetists. Upon successfully passing the NCE, graduates can apply for licensing as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, in the state(s) of your choosing.
Plan of Study
Graduates generally pursue licensure as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) after sitting for the National Certifying Exam (NCE). Licensing requirements vary by state. To become licensed as a CRNA in Utah, students must apply with the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.
Hands-on interaction in a simulated operating room environment with operating room table, intubatable mannequin, fully functioning anesthesia machine (old and new models), and a fully stocked anesthesia cart. This course is designed to take the student through the chronological steps of giving an anesthetic. Students will manage a series of simulated adverse events in a variety of patient care settings. Simulated events will primarily focus on topics relevant to the practice of nurse anesthesia.
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.