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MSN - Nurse Anesthetist (NAST) Track

Nurse Anesthetist Joint Program with Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia at Montgomery Hospital

The track for a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) prepares a professional nurse to obtain, through successful completion of a national examination, certification as a Anesthesia Nursing Specialist. CRNAs provide anesthesia and anesthesia-related care to facilitate diagnostic, therapeutic, or surgical procedures. The scope of practice of CRNAs includes: preanesthetic assessment, anesthetic techniques (general, regional, local, and monitored sedation), insertion and maintenance of noninvasive and invasive monitoring modalities, airway management, implementation of acute and chronic pain management modalities, implementation of basic and advanced cardiac life support techniques, and post anesthesia evaluation. This nurse's expertise contributes greatly to the plan of care for patients.

This track requirs at least 800 hours of clinical instruction and 500 different clinical cases. The nurse anesthetist specific courses are in a 27 month long session after the seven core and advanced core courses are completed.

Please note the following:
Nurse Anesthetist students must first be accepted at the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia at Montgomery Hospital before being accepted to the La Salle University School of Nursing. If you have any questions, please call Mr. Michael Kost CRNA, MS, at 610-270-2139.

Core Courses
NUR 604 Research and Theory I
NUR 605 Research and Theory II
NUR 607 Advanced Practice Nursing and Administration in Health Care Delivery Systems
NUR 608 Population-Based Care and Advanced Practice Nursing

Advanced Core Courses
NUR 616 Assessment of the Adult in Health and Illness
NUR 617 Pharmacology
NUR 618 Pathophysiology

Nurse Anesthetist Track Courses
NUR 681 Orientation to Study and Practice of Anesthesia
NUR 682 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology I
NUR 683 Pharmacology I
NUR 684 Physics and Chemistry I
NUR 685 Pharmacology II
NUR 686 Anatomy Physiology and Pathophysiology II
NUR 687 Chemistry and Physics II
NUR 688 Advanced Principles of Practice
NUR 689 Professional Aspects
NUR 690 Clinical Practicum I (elective)*
NUR 691 Clinical Practicum II

*N.B. This course may not be required for all anesthesia students.

Course Credits - Nurse Anesthetist (NAST)
Course Number Credits Track
NUR 604 3 Credits Core
NUR 605 3 Credits Core
NUR 607 3 Credits Core
NUR 608 3 Credits Core
NUR 616 3 Credits Advanced Core
NUR 617 3 Credits Advanced Core
NUR 618 3 Credits Advanced Core
NUR 681 4 Credits NAST Track
NUR 682 4 Credits NAST Track
NUR 683 2 Credits NAST Track
NUR 684 2 Credits NAST Track
NUR 685 3 Credits NAST Track
NUR 686 4 Credits NAST Track
NUR 687 2 Credits NAST Track
NUR 688 4 Credits NAST Track
NUR 689 2 Credits NAST Track
NUR 690* 3 Credits NAST Track
NUR 691 6 Credits NAST Track

*N.B. This course may not be required for all anesthesia students

Total 54-57 Credits

For course descriptions, please go to "Section 2" of the online graduate catalog.

Czekanski, Kathleen, PhD, RN, CNE
Graduate Nursing Program
La Salle University
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Philadelphia, PA 19141 USA
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