Nurse Anesthesia Program

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What are Nurse Anesthetists?

Nurse anesthetists are advanced practice nurses who administer all types of anesthetic for every kind of surgery or procedure. As expert clinicians, they focus on preoperative evaluation, intra-operative management and postoperative anesthesia care.

Direct Patient Care

Clinical courses for DNP nurse anesthesia students at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing provide them with the opportunity to give direct patient care, participate in staff education programs and identify clinical topics for research. Students work one­ on­ one with a clinical preceptor with expertise in nurse anesthesia. They also take part in administering general and regional anesthesia in persons of all ages. The management of emergency operations, obstetrics, pediatrics and neurosurgery are an integral part of the clinical experience. Graduates will be eligible to take the certification examination administered by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists.

Application Qualifications

All applicants must have either two years of recent critical care experience or one year of critical care experience with specialty certification. A critical care area is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered professional nurse manages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (such as pulmonary artery catheter, CVP, arterial); cardiac assist devices; mechanical ventilation; and vasoactive drips. In addition, one of the references in the application packet must be from a current nurse manager or assistant nurse manager.

Applicants for the Nurse Anesthesia Program are due by June 1 to be reviewed for admission the following year. (Supplemental materials will be accepted until July 15)

Professional Organizations

Questions about the program? 
Email us at nurseanesthesia@case.edu.

Plan to Transition to the Doctoral Degree  

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia educational program on January 1, 2022 or thereafter be enrolled in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree. The program plans to submit its application to the COA for approval to award the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in October 2018. Pending approval by the COA, the program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in June 2020. Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Program of Nurse Anesthesia, Case Western Reserve University program director, Sonya Moore, CRNA, DNP, at 216-368-5999, or nurseanesthesia@case.edu

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia educational program on January 1, 2022 or thereafter be enrolled in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree. The program plans to submit its application to the COA for approval to award the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in October 2018. Pending approval by the COA, the program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in June 2020. Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting The Cleveland Clinic Foundation/Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University School of Nurse Anesthesia program director, Angela Milosh, CRNA, DNP, at 216-444-6547, or milosha@ccf.org.