The Nurse Anesthesia Program is dedicated to the graduate education of nurse anesthetists in the uniformed services. The uniformed services require that graduates independently provide quality anesthesia care in diverse settings throughout the world. The rigorous curriculum is designed to integrate scientific principles with anesthesia theory and practice, stressing unique aspects of the federal health care system. An emphasis is placed on statistics and research methodology enabling the student to critically analyze anesthesia literature and evaluate potential problems in anesthesia. The primary goal of the program is to produce safe, competent, adaptable anesthetists who can meet the challenges of today's federal health care needs.
The Nurse Anesthetist Program is a 36-month DNP, front-loaded, regionalized course of study that consists of two phases. All students matriculating in May 2013 and after will enter the DNP program. The Phase I didactic component, conducted on the campus of USU, provides the student with the academic and professional education necessary for entrance into the clinical arena. All content areas identified in the Standards and Guidelines for Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs are introduced during Phase I. The 21-month DNP Phase II clinical component focuses on the application of science and research to clinical anesthesia. Students are assigned to a federal medical treatment facility as their principal clinical training site. Individual clinical training sites (enrichment and required) may be eliminated or added as needed to assure quality clinical education. The clinical phase is designed to guide graduate students toward the goal of functional autonomy by demanding that students care for patients in a manner reflecting comprehensive integration of scientific principle and anesthesia theory, as well as maximal independent decision-making appropriate to each student's level of experience.