Nurse Anesthesia Course Description

Note: All courses require admission to the program or a petition with approval by the Nurse Anesthesia 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 851 and AN 852. To be taken simultaneously with AN 853.

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 851 and AN 852.

AN 851 Advanced 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 852 Advanced 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 851.

AN 853 Advanced 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 851, AN 852, AN 870 and AN 871.

AN 876 Advanced Pharmacology I

Three semester hours
Advanced Pharmacology I provides students with a thorough understanding of the science of pharmacology. The primary focus is on topics integral to modern anesthesia practice. These include pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacogenetics, pharmacy, toxicology, and others. Major areas of discussion include uptake and distribution of inhalation agents, anesthesia induction drugs, and opiate agonists/antagonists.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into Nurse Anesthesia Program.

AN 877 Advanced Pharmacology II

Three semester hours
Advanced Pharmacology II provides students with a thorough understanding of the science of pharmacology. The primary focus is on topics integral to modern anesthesia practice. These include pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacogenetics, pharmacy, toxicology, and others. Major areas of discussion include neuromuscular blocking agents, local anesthetics, autonomic pharmacology, and cardiovascular pharmacology.
Prerequisite: AN 876.

AN 878 Advanced Pharmacology III

Two semester hours
Advanced Pharmacology III provides students with a thorough understanding of absorption mechanisms, bio-transformation, elimination, dose-response relationships, and drug/receptor interactions. Primary focus is on the pharmacology of classes of adjunct drugs encountered by nurse anesthetists.
Prerequisites: AN 876 and AN 877.

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. This is a designated service course which provides partial fulfillment of the college service-learning requirements.
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. Includes fundamentals of radiologic and ultrasound principles and various techniques.
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. During the program, attendance at two state or national meetings for nurse anesthetists is required for this course. 
Prerequisite: Acceptance into Nurse Anesthesia Program.

AN 901 Clinical Correlation Conference Seminar I

Two semester hours
Clinical Correlation Conference Seminar I provides students with learning opportunities to correlate didactic knowledge with clinical application utilizing discussion and case studies. Students also explore concepts such as nursing theory and financial management. This is a designated service course which provides partial fulfillment of the college service-learning requirements.
Prerequisite: Progression to Clinical Phase of Nurse Anesthesia Program.

AN 902 Clinical Correlation Conference Seminar II

Two semester hours
Clinical Correlation Conference Seminar II provides students with learning opportunities to correlate didactic knowledge with clinical application utilizing discussion and case studies. Students also explore concepts such as health care policy, leadership, administration and management.
Prerequisite: AN 901.

AN 903 Clinical Correlation Conference Seminar III

Two semester hours
Clinical Correlation Conference Seminar III provides students with learning opportunities to correlate didactic knowledge with clinical application utilizing discussion and case studies. Students also explore concepts such as evidence-based practice and standards of care.
Prerequisite: AN 902.

AN 904 Clinical Correlation Conference Seminar IV

Two semester hours
Clinical Correlation Conference Seminar IV provides students with learning opportunities to correlate didactic knowledge with clinical application utilizing discussion and case studies. Students also explore concepts such as the business of anesthesia & practice management, and reimbursement methodologies and payment policies.
Prerequisite: AN 903.

AN 951 Clinical Anesthesia Practicum I

3 semester hours
Exposure of graduate Nurse Anesthesia student to patient care with participation in the 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 Anesthesia Practicum I, the student will meet or exceed objectives with supervision while performing preanesthesia assessments, preparation for administration of anesthesia, inductions, intraoperative management, emergence, and postanesthesia management.  Professional attributes and interpersonal communication are also assessed. These objectives are appropriate for the student’s level of experience. Expectations increase with each semester.
Prerequisite: Progression to Clinical Phase of Nurse Anesthesia program.

AN 952 Clinical Anesthesia Practicum II

3 semester hours
Exposure of graduate Nurse Anesthesia student to patient care with guided 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 Anesthesia Practicum II, the student will meet or exceed objectives with guidance while performing preanesthesia assessments, preparation for administration of anesthesia, inductions, intraoperative management, emergence, and postanesthesia management. Professional attributes and interpersonal communication are also assessed. These objectives are appropriate for the student’s level of experience. Expectations increase with each semester.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of AN 951.

AN 953 Clinical Anesthesia Practicum III

3 semester hours
Exposure of graduate Nurse Anesthesia student to patient care with minimally guided 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 Anesthesia Practicum III, the student will meet or exceed objectives with minimal guidance while performing preanesthesia assessments, preparation for administration of anesthesia, inductions, intraoperative management, emergence, and postanesthesia management. Professional attributes and interpersonal communication are also assessed. These objectives are appropriate for the student's level of experience. Expectations increase with each semester.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of AN 952.

AN 954 Clinical Anesthesia Practicum IV

3 semester hours
Exposure of graduate Nurse Anesthesia student to increasing independence in the management of patients needing anesthetic care. 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 Anesthesia Practicum IV, the student will meet or exceed objectives with increasing independence, requiring minimal guidance in the management of complex cases, while performing preanesthesia assessments, preparation for administration of anesthesia, inductions, intraoperative management, emergence, and postanesthesia management. Professional attributes and interpersonal communication are also assessed. These objectives are appropriate for the student’s level of experience. Expectations increase with each semester.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of AN 953.

AN 955 Clinical Anesthesia Practicum V

3 semester hours
Exposure of graduate Nurse Anesthesia student to increasing independence in the management of patients needing anesthetic care. 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 Anesthesia Practicum V, the student will meet or exceed objectives by independently managing cases, requiring minimal guidance in the management of complex cases, while performing preanesthesia assessments, preparation for administration of anesthesia, inductions, intraoperative management, emergence, and postanesthesia management. Professional attributes and interpersonal communication are also assessed. These objectives are appropriate for the student’s level of experience. During Clinical Anesthesia Practicum V, the student will also meet or exceed program terminal objectives, as outlined by the Council on Accreditation, in the areas of patient safety, individualized perianesthetic management, critical thinking, communication skills and professional responsibility of the nurse anesthetist.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of AN 954.

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 the Didactic Phase 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.