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Course Descriptions

Orientation The students will be introduced to the Nurse Anesthesia Program, the faculty and staff, the education office, the graduate school, the CAMC system, and the student handbook. Policies, procedures, and schedules will be discussed. It will familiarize the student with the physical plant and the community.  

BSC 716 – Cellular Physiology for Nurse Anesthesia (2hours) Study and analyze selected structures and functions of human cells, including protein synthesis, metabolism, and reproduction. Analyze roles of selected genetic disorders on outcomes of anesthesia. Study impact of anti-cancer and anti-microbial drugs on anesthesia process. Analyze types and roles of various cell membrane receptors on anesthesia process.    

BSC 717 – Anatomy and Physiology for Nurse Anesthesia I (3hours) Study of the respiratory and renal systems as they influence the practice of nurse anesthesia. Anatomy related to physiological function and surgical landmarks. Physiological functions and changes associated with anesthesia. Pathophysiology and implications for anesthetic management. Anesthetic management of surgeries of the respiratory and renal systems.  

BSC 718 - Anatomy and Physiology for Nurse Anesthesia II (3hours) Study of the cardiovascular system as it influences the practice of nurse anesthesia. Anatomy related to physiological function and surgical landmarks. Physiological functions and changes associated with anesthesia. Pathophysiology and implications for anesthetic management. Anesthetic management of surgeries of the cardiovascular system.  

BSC 719 – Anatomy and Physiology for Nurse Anesthesia III (3hours) Study of the nervous and endocrine systems as they influence the practice of nurse anesthesia. Anatomy related to physiological function and surgical landmarks. Physiological functions and changes associated with anesthesia. Pathophysiology and implications for anesthetic management. Anesthetic management of surgeries of the nervous and endocrine systems.  

NUR 720 – Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesia I (4hours) Examines the general principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and biochemistry and their concepts as they relate to specific anesthetic and adjunct drugs. It will emphasize integration of acquired information into clinical areas regarding anesthetic uses, doses, and side effects of these classes of drugs.  

NUR 721 – Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesia II (3hours) This study is a continuation of Pharmacology I. It will examine factors impacting drug selection, focusing on interdisciplinary collaboration and economic issues in implementing change. It will also address the acquisition and utilization of advanced practice prescriptive authority for the nurse anesthetist.  

CHM 723 – Chemistry, Physics, and Biochemistry for Nurse Anesthesia (3hours) Apply scientific principles and clinical application of properties of matter, gas laws, vaporization, fluid dynamics, explosion hazards, electrical safety, acid-base balance, blood gas analysis, sites of drug actions, and mechanisms of narcosis. Analyze the molecular basis for molecular bonding, stereochemistry, protein conformation, enzyme-substrate reactions.

MPNA 734 – Basic Principles of Anesthesia Practice (3hours) Principles of patient assessment, airway management, anesthesia machine, monitoring devices, fluid and blood therapy, positioning, and prevention of infection. Recognition and management of selected anesthetic complications.  

MPNA 734-A – Basic Principles: Simulation Lab (Fall Semester I) (1hour) In this course the students will apply knowledge of the basic principles of anesthesia to “hands on” experience in the patient simulation lab. Areas covered include the anesthesia machine and other equipment, monitoring modalities, airway management, and all phases of anesthetic management. The class will consist of isolated skills labs progressing to integrated case management using critical thought processes. Students will develop problem solving and decision-making skills during all phases of anesthetic management by participating in case preparation and discussions, actual management of selected case scenarios, and review and discussion of their performance .  

NUR 741-B – Regional Anesthesia for Nurse Anesthetists (1hour) Schematize clinical pharmacology of local anesthetics, anatomy of peripheral nervous system, block administration techniques. Design safe drug doses. Analyze indications and contraindications for subarachnoid, epidural, brachial plexus, ankle, and other selected regional procedures. Discuss issues in patient safety such as anticoagulation therapy, brain and/or spinal cord injury, peripheral nerve injury, and sepsis.  

MPNA 745-A – Advanced Principles: Pediatrics for Nurse Anesthetists (1hour) This course in an in-depth study of the specialty to pediatric anesthesia. Subject matter will include: anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology of the pediatric patient, preoperative evaluation and preparation, airway management, implications of rare pediatric disorders, and management for painful procedures in the pediatric patient.  

MPNA 745-B – Advanced Principles: Obstetrics for Nurse Anesthetists II (1hour) Study of the specialty of obstetrical anesthesia. History of obstetrical anesthesia. Anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics in the obstetric patient. Anesthetic techniques for the obstetric patient. Effects of anesthesia on the obstetric patient.  

MPNA 745-C – Advanced Principles: Clinical Case Management Seminar III (1hour) Study of the anesthetic care of specialized patient populations requiring advanced planning, decision-making and case management proficiency.  

MPNA 743 – Applied Nurse Anesthesia Management and Leadership (5hours) Application of advanced management principles to the delivery of nurse anesthesia patient care. Students will complete a clinical rotation with anesthesia department managers which will include opportunities for participation in administrative functions related to nurse anesthesia clinical activities. Overview of various professional topics will be included.

NUR 735 – Clinical Practice Inquiry Integration of conceptual, theoretical, and empirical knowledge as a basis for evidence-based practice in nurse anesthesia. Examination of the processes required to develop best practice models through the systematic analysis of research. Influence of evidence based practice onto educational processes. Attendance at Journal Club will be required as partial fulfillment of course requirements.  

NUR 741 – Introduction to Health Care Clinical Practicum (Spring Semester I) (6hours) Operating room experience providing for the application of theoretical principles to anesthetic management problems. Upon completion of this practicum, the student will demonstrate progression beyond the beginning knowledge level in proficiency in all phases of anesthetic management (pre-anesthesia, induction, maintenance, post-anesthesia) while under constant clinical supervision. Will demonstrate those personal attributes that are necessary for personal growth and development in the field of anesthesia.    

NUR 741-A – Health Care Clinical Practicum (Summer Term I, Sessions I, II, and III) (3-1hour sessions) Operating room experience providing for the application of theoretical principles to anesthetic management problems. Upon completion of this practicum, the student will demonstrate an intermediate level of clinical ability while under constant clinical supervision.  

NUR 741-C – Health Care Clinical Practicum (Fall Semester II) (6hours) Operating room experience providing for the application of theoretical principles to anesthetic management problems. Upon completion of this practicum, the student will perform in such a manner as to demonstrate an advanced intermediate ability to accept certain responsibilities and to make certain independent decisions concerning selection of agents, techniques, etc., while under continuous clinical supervision.

NUR 741-C – Health Care Clinical Practicum (Spring Semester II) (6hours) Operating room experience providing for the application of theoretical principles to anesthetic management problems. Upon completion of this practicum, the student will approach independence by accepting certain responsibilities for making some independent decisions concerning selection of agents, techniques, etc., while under continuous clinical guidance and supervision.

NUR 741-B – Health Care Clinical Practicum ( Summer Term II, Sessions I, II, and III) (3-2hour sessions) Operating room experience providing for the application of theoretical principles to anesthetic management problems. Upon completion of this practicum, the student will be able to function independently in evaluating and preparing the patient, selecting agents and techniques, controlling the airway, modifying the plan of care, administering fluids and blood products, and managing the patient recovery while utilizing the clinical instructor for consultation and supervision as deemed necessary.  

NUR 741-C – Nurse Anesthesia Professional Practice (Fall Semester III) (6hours) Operating room experience providing for the application of theoretical principles to anesthetic management problems. Upon completion of Nurse Anesthesia Professional Practice (fall semester), the student will approach proficiency regarding the necessary knowledge, clinical skills, technical competence, and personal virtues needed to carry out the full scope of nurse anesthesia practice. The student will develop decision-making, problem solving, communication, and leadership skills within the interdisciplinary teams found in anesthetizing locations. The student will develop an understanding of health care policy, strategic planning, and application of management concepts in patient care.  

NUR 741-C – Nurse Anesthesia Professional Practice (Spring Semester III) (6hours) Operating room experience providing for the application of theoretical principles to anesthetic management problems.Upon completion of Nurse Anesthesia Professional Practice (spring semester), the student will possess the necessary knowledge, clinical skills, technical competence, and personal virtues sufficient to carry out the full scope of nurse anesthesia practice. In addition, the student will demonstrate effective decision-making, problem-solving, communication, and leadership skills within the interdisciplinary teams found in anesthetizing locations. The student will incorporate health care policy, strategic planning, and application of management concepts in such a manner as to advance patient care and to enhance the operation of the anesthesia department, as well as other departments with which the student interacts.

MPNA 700 – Introduction to Health Care Systems: Health Policy and Delivery (3hours) This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the development of health policy and delivery in the United States. Emphasis is placed on the evolution of the structure, financing and function of the current delivery system in America and how these aspects compare to those of other countries.    

MPNA 753 – Management of Complex Health Care Organizations (3hours) Emphasis is placed on the management of complex health care institutions representing the organizational spectrum from horizontally integrated group practices to large integrated health centers.

MPNA 711 – Marketing and Management For Health Care Professionals (3hours) This course will provide an overview of the basic components of marketing such as the marketing mix and SWOT analysis. It will also enlighten the students regarding the various established basic management theories.    

MPNA 772 – Organizational Behavior in Health Care (3hours) Advanced level theories of effective organization management as they relate to health care organizations will be provided. Topics will include issues related to managing diverse work groups in the American health care system, planning and organizing, decision-making models, various leadership styles, and controlling and evaluating management effectiveness. Interprofessional collaboration and teamwork in clinical decision-making.

MPNA 715 – Health Care Economics (3hours) While responsive to the general principles of economics, the health care industry presents complex and unique problems for policy decision-makers. Unlike other markets for goods and services, the consumer (patient) often finds it difficult to evaluate the quality, quantity, and pricing in an exchange relationship. Traditional market forces are often modified by government, third party payors and professional interests. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of the “economics of health care”, how economics and national policy interface and its impact on them as health professionals. It is anticipated that doctorate prepared students will assume roles as change agents in their profession and therefore must understand the micro and macro aspects of health policy decisions.

MPNA 730 – Medical/Legal Issues in Health Care (3hours) Legal aspects of corporate liability, medical malpractice, informed consent, patient rights, privacy, fraud and abuse, plus governmental regulation of health professionals and health facilities. The legislative process, legislative oversight and regulatory agencies are discussed in depth. Code of ethics for CRNAs.  

MPNA 710 – Financial Management for Health Care Professionals (3hours) Application of financial management techniques to decision making for health care providers. Focus is on financial statement analysis, working capital management, capital budgeting, evaluating financial risk and return, long-term debt financing, and developing a financial portfolio.

MPNA 777 – Moral Management: Ethics in Nurse Anesthesia (3hours) A discussion of the concept of moral management. Guidelines for how to make ethical decisions and tough choices are included. Cases relevant to ethical/unethical scenarios will be analyzed. Students will view ethics videos and write a Credo term paper. Code of ethics for CRNAs, application of ethical principles to clinical decision making.

MPNA 755 – Marketing Goods and Services in a Medical Environment (3hours) An investigation of the role of marketing in today’s health care environment. Topics include traditional marketing concepts such as segmentation and promotion blended with unique issues like health services marketing, direct to consumer pharmaceutical advertising, mass media ethics, the role of the Internet in health product/services marketing, etc.

MPNA 756 – Clinical and Administrative Information Systems (3hours) Foundations of clinical information use starting with information collection, process, problem solving, and decision making and recording. Special emphasis on the clinician’s work to support enterprise-wide health care delivery and management information systems. A closer look at technological innovations in the health care field and its impact on health care delivery and costs. Opportunities to critically evaluate clinical decision support resources. Development and implementation of integrated risk management to improve individual and population clinical outcomes.

MPNA 796 – Administrative Policy, Strategy and Entrepreneurship (3hours) The study of administrative decision making under conditions of uncertainty. Policy construction at top administrative levels with emphasis on strategy and ethics with consideration of major functions of an organization. Includes developing a business plan, assessing the environment, evaluating markets, securing financing, marketing services, analyzing and negotiating managed care, and insurance contracts.

MPNA 724 – Evidence Based Research Methods for Nurse Anesthesia I (3hours) To provide the student with the necessary foundation to participate in the design, implementation, and evaluation of field and/or clinical research. Upon completion of this course, the student will understand the basics of the scientific method and its application to research design. The role of the Institutional Review Board (IRB), including the Belmont Report, will be discussed. Students will be IRB certified by the end of the course.    

MPNA 725 – Evidence Based Research Methods for Nurse Anesthesia II (3hours) To provide the student with an understanding of the appropriateness, benefits and limitations of statistical methods when applied to field and/or clinical research. Upon completion of the course, the student will understand the theory behind parametric and nonparametric statistical techniques. At this point, students will begin to conceptualize their research projects.

MPNA 726 – Statistical Methods for Field and/or Clinical Research (3hours) To provide the student with the skills necessary to apply the appropriate statistical techniques for field and/or clinical research. Topics include analysis of variance, correlation and regression, chi-square, t-tests, etc.  

MPNA 799 – Research Project (3-3hour semesters) This is a 9 credit hour sequence of three (3 credit hours) courses. The student is required to apply the principles of scientific research methods to a field and/or clinical investigation. Students are required to design, implement, evaluate, and present (written and oral) a research project approved and guided by the student’s research project committee. Each student will have a research project committee chair and two other designated committee members.


For information about our Nurse Anesthesia Program write to:
CAMC School of Nurse Anesthesia
3110 MacCorkle Avenue SE. Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: 304-388-9950 | Fax: 304-388-9955
Email: cara.ross@camc.org


   CAMC School of Nurse Anesthesia - 3110 MacCorkle Avenue S.E., Charleston, West Virginia 25304
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