The nurse anesthesia concentration will permit the graduate an opportunity to take his or her place among the ranks of the highly respected CRNAs who will be molding the health care history of the next century.Visit the Nurse Anesthesia Website.
The Nurse Anesthesia Concentration (NAC) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Nursing is a rigorous 38-month program. Graduates are awarded the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for CRNAs. Graduates are typically employed less than six months after graduation.
The curriculum contains courses in the principles and practices of general and regional anesthesia across all general surgery and specialty areas, including neuro, cardiovascular/thoracic, OB, and pediatrics. Considerable course work is devoted to pathophysiology and pharmacology in addition to theoretical foundations of practice, professional issues, and evidence-based practice. Simulation is incorporated into the curriculum in addition to a strong emphasis on clinical experiences.
The NAC is a hybrid curriculum including on-campus and online synchronous and asynchronous activities. Enrollment is full-time only, year-round, and students are required to live in the Knoxville area where the majority of clinical sites are located.
The goal of the nurse anesthesia concentration is to prepare qualified registered nurses to become anesthesia practitioners with an advanced scientific knowledge base and a comprehensive array of clinical skills.