Nurse Anesthesia Course Description

Note: All courses require admission to the program or a petition with approval by the MSN program director.

AN 805 Cadaver Applications in Anatomy

Three semester hours with Lab
The focus of this graduate course centers on expansion of the graduate student’s foundational anatomy knowledge through detailed cadaver dissection and lecture. Correlation of pertinent regional anatomy to clinical cases and/or areas of graduate study will be emphasized when relevant. Lecture and lab will be held at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Cadaver Lab. Course is set up as one lecture  hour (one contact hour per week) and two lab hours (six contact hours per week).
Prerequisites: AN 841 and AN 842. To be taken simultaneously with AN 843.

AN 830 Advanced Physical Assessment for Nurse Anesthesia

Three semester hours
This course emphasizes competencies in history taking and performing comprehensive health assessments of individuals of all ages, and the interpretation of findings with a focus on anesthesia. The concept of caring and how it plays a part in this process will be woven throughout the course.
Prerequisites: AN 841 and AN 842.

AN 841 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology I

Six semester hours
A systems approach to the advanced study of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology with an emphasis on anesthesia implications. Covers various pathological conditions and diseases of specific concern to the anesthesia provider. Focuses on the cardiovascular, immune, musculoskeletal, renal and hematologic systems of the body.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into Nurse Anesthesia program.

AN 842 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology II

Six semester hours
A systems approach to the advanced study of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology with an emphasis on anesthesia implications. Covers various pathological conditions and diseases of specific concern to the anesthesia provider. Focuses on the respiratory, gastrointestinal, hepatic, endocrine and nervous systems in addition to important areas of non-systems pathophysiology.
Prerequisite: AN 841.

AN 843 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology III

Two semester hours
A systems approach to the advanced study of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology with an emphasis on anesthesia implications. Covers various pathological conditions and diseases of specific concern to the anesthesia provider. Culmination of students acquired knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology in a case study format designed to aid the student in the application of didactic materials and transition into the clinical phase of the program.
Prerequisites: AN 841, AN 842, AN 870 and AN 871.

AN 866 Pharmacology I: Anesthetic Agents

Three semester hours
Focus on general principles of drug action; uptake and distribution of inhalation agents, inhalation anesthetics and anesthesia induction drugs; opiate agonists/antagonists; and non-narcotic analgesics.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into Nurse Anesthesia program.

AN 867 Pharmacology II: Anesthetic Agents

Three semester hours
Focus on neuromuscular blocking drugs, local anesthetics, autonomic pharmacology, asthma pharmacotherapy and cardiovascular pharmacology.
Prerequisite: AN 866.

AN 868 Pharmacology III: Adjunct Drugs

Two semester hours
The basic principles of pharmacology including mechanisms of absorption. bio-transformation, elimination, dose-response relationships, and drug and receptor interactions are presented. Includes detailed presentation of the pharmacology of classes of adjunct drugs encountered by nurse anesthetists will be made.
Prerequisites: AN 866 and AN 867.

AN 870 Basic Principles of Anesthesia

Four semester credits
Introduces the nurse anesthesia graduate student to concepts necessary to plan and execute a safe, individualized anesthetic. Course includes pre- and post-anesthetic assessment, formulation of the anesthesia care plan, anesthetic techniques, the administration and management of major nerve conduction anesthesia, acute pain management, prevention of complications, fluid management, positioning the patient, and the monitoring and utilization of anesthesia equipment. An emphasis is placed on patient centered care, prevention of complications and improving patient outcomes.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into Nurse Anesthesia program.

AN 870L Basic Principles Lab

One semester credit
Provides the nurse anesthesia graduate student guided practical experience associated with those concepts presented in Basic Principles of Anesthesia. Includes practice in and evaluation of task specific skills in both simulation and actual patient environments. This includes but is not limited to human patient simulation, skills lab, regional anesthesia simulation and airway simulation.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into Nurse Anesthesia program. This course is to be taken simultaneously with AN 870.

AN 858 Scientific Foundations

Three semester hours
A review of the principles of chemistry (aqueous solutions and concentrations; acids, bases and salts), biochemistry (hepatic metabolism, cellular mechanisms for action and drug receptor interaction) and physics (units of measurement; gases and gas laws; solubility, diffusion and osmosis; pressure and fluid flow; electricity and electrical safety; vaporization and humidification; and measurement of oxygen, carbon dioxide and hydrogen ion) as they relate to anesthesia practice. 
Prerequisite: Acceptance into Nurse Anesthesia program.

AN 871 Advanced Principles of Anesthesia

Four semester credits
Intensively covers the advanced concepts and principles of anesthetic management with an emphasis on pediatrics, obstetrics, geriatrics, obesity and chronic pain management. Includes student presentations of the anesthesia techniques and management of specific surgical procedures with patient-focused anesthesia implications. This is a teaching exercise in which the students are responsible for educating their peers. An emphasis is placed on patient-centered care, prevention of complications and improving patient outcomes.
Prerequisite: AN 870.

AN 871L Advanced Principles Lab

One semester credit
Provides the nurse anesthesia graduate student guided practical experience associated with those concepts presented in Advanced Principles of Anesthesia. Includes practice in and evaluation of task specific skills in both simulation and skills lab environments. Health and safety requirements are completed during this course.
Prerequisite: AN 870L. To be taken simultaneously with AN 871.

AN 859 Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia

Three semester credits
Provides the graduate nurse anesthesia student an opportunity to focus on a variety of professional issues including the history of nurse anesthesia, professional socialization and participation, roles of the nurse anesthetist and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, regulations of nurse anesthesia practice, standards of care, scope of practice, practice settings and employment options, reimbursement, quality assessment, the legal system, medical ethics and chemical dependency, patient safety, infection control and standard precautions. Attendance at a State Association of Nurse Anesthetists meeting is required for this course. This is a designated service course which provide partial fulfillment of the college service-learning requirements.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into Nurse Anesthesia program.

AN 911 Clinical Correlation Conference Seminar I: Practice Roles/Managed Care/Clinical Correlation Case Studies

Two semester hours
Students will explore such issues as, roles of the advance practice nurse today and in the future, the impact of state and federal laws on CRNA practice, managed care organizations, reimbursement methods, profit vs. nonprofit hospitals, specialty hospitals, hospital governance, and how these issues relate to nurse anesthesia practice. This is a designated service course which provide partial fulfillment of the college service-learning requirements.
Prerequisite: Progression to clinical phase of Nurse Anesthesia program.

AN 912 Clinical Correlation Conference Seminar II: Health Care Systems/Clinical Correlation Case Studies Two semester hours

Students will explore such issues as, current health care system, recent and future trends in health care, health care policy issues facing the United States, and how these issues relate to nurse anesthesia practice. This is a designated service course which provide partial fulfillment of the college service-learning requirements.
Prerequisite: AN 911.

AN 913 Clinical Correlation Conference Seminar III: Theory Development/Clinical Correlation Case Studies

Two semester hours
Students will explore the process of theory development including the integration of evidence-based anesthesia practice.
Prerequisite: AN 912.

AN 914 Clinical Correlation Conference Seminar IV: Theory Application/Clinical Correlation Case Studies

Two semester hours
Students will explore application of nursing theory to clinical, educational and/or administrative activities in the nurse anesthesia practice.
Prerequisite: AN 913.

AN 951-955 Clinical Anesthesia Practicum I–V

15 semester hours
Exposure of graduate Nurse Anesthesia student to patient care with supervised participation in administration of anesthesia. Student is provided opportunity to demonstrate internalization of theoretical concepts and knowledge base application in anesthesia management and techniques. Includes opportunities in various clinical settings, providing the experiences necessary for the student to gain competency for entry level anesthesia practice. 

During clinical practicum I–IV, the student will meet or exceed objectives within cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains. These objectives are appropriate for the student’s level of experience. Expectations increase with each semester. During clinical practicum V, the student will meet or exceed program terminal objectives in the areas of patient safety, individualized perianesthetic management, critical thinking, communication skills and professional role of the nurse anesthetist. AN 951 and AN 953 include health and safety requirements.
Prerequisite: Progression to clinical phase of Nurse Anesthesia program

AN 920 ECG Interpretation and Clinical Implications of Dysrhythmias in the Adult Patient

One semester hour
This course content will build upon previous ECG knowledge and experience. It includes 12-lead ECG interpretation, hemodynamic and clinical implications of dysrhythmias, and treatment options for identified abnormalities. Emphasis will be placed on theory and research that supports best-practice. Course content will develop a conceptual understanding and enhanced clinical skills for the care of the adult patient.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Phase 1 of the Nurse Anesthesia program.

AN 931 Senior Project I

One semester hour – taken during semester five
This is the first on three courses culminating in a scholarly senior project. The student will identify and assess a problem within anesthesiology, then propose a needed change in practice, education, theory or policy. The student will complete a problem statement, theoretical framework and a literature review related to their topic.
Prerequisite: Progression in clinical phase of Nurse Anesthesia program.

AN 932 Senior Project II

One semester hour – taken during semester six
This is the second of three courses culminating in a scholarly, senior project. The student will critically analyze existing literature; gather and interpret data if indicated; then formulate a plan to enhance anesthesia practice, education, theory or policy.
Prerequisites: Progression in clinical phase of Nurse Anesthesia program and AN 931.

AN 933 Senior Project III

One semester hour – taken during semester seven
This is the final course of the three courses in which the student realizes the culmination of the scholarly, senior project with implementation, presentation and/or publication.
Prerequisites: Progression in clinical phase of Nurse Anesthesia program and AN 932.