Nurse Anesthesia

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The Nurse Anesthesia concentration prepares the graduate to become a CRNA Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). The Nurse Anesthesia option is fully accredited by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists’ Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

The front-loaded format includes four terms for didactic course work. During the fifth term, the students begin clinical rotations while completing didactic course work. The final four terms are dedicated full-time to supervised clinical education. The program is completed on campus at UTHSC and near-by clinical agencies.

A variety of clinical sites provide rich learning experiences serving a wide variety of patients with high-quality anesthesia care.  Specialty anesthesia rotations include cardiothoracic, pediatric, pediatric oncology, pain management, neurosurgical, OB, trauma, and burns. Rotations are provided in urban and rural sites.

Currently, clinical sites include the Methodist Healthcare Systems Hospitals, Regional One Health, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Baptist Desoto Hospital and Baptist Memorial Hospital - Union County.  All the sites are in the greater Memphis area with the exception of our rural experience in New Albany, MS.

Applicants are expected to understand the role, function, demands and expectations of CRNAs within the health care community.  This information can be obtained by direct clinical observation of a CRNA and from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists website.

Degree concentrations include pathways for those wishing to obtain initial CRNA certification and for APRNs with current CRNA credentials.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Nursing Nurse Anesthesia Concentration is accredited by Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, 222 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL, 60068, (847) 655-1160. In May 2009, the program awarded 10 years of continued accreditation. The next onsite visit will be fall 2018, for a May 2019 accreditation decision. In addition, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredit the University and College of Nursing. The most recent class of DNP graduates completed the program in May 2016. All of these graduates received offers of employment after graduation and 100% passed the National Certification Examination on the first attempt. There was not attrition in this cohort.


DNP Nurse Anesthesia
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Dwayne Accardo, DNP, CRNA
Assistant Professor and Program Director for DNP Nurse Anesthesia
Department of Advanced Practice and Doctoral Studies
920 Madison, #510
Memphis, TN 38163

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