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US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing

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Ranked #1 for 2011 in the US News & World Report “Best Graduate Nursing Anesthesia Programs.”

Application Deadline 7/01/2014 for class starting June 2015.

Only Direct Accession, Army Reserve, National Guard may also apply 11/1 for class starting 6/2015.

The US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing mission is to produce clinicians, educated in the complexity of practice at the doctoral level and competent in the unique skills of anesthesia nursing.  The graduate nurse anesthetist is prepared to function as a leader advocating for quality patient care in time of peace, and when necessary, in time of war, civil disorder, natural disaster or humanitarian missions.

The U.S. Army has prepared top quality Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) for nearly 50 years and since 1981, our graduates have earned a Masters Degree through our University based affiliations. We currently produce virtually all active duty Army CRNAs and provide specialized training in field anesthesia to ensure that our graduate nurse anesthetists are qualified to deploy in time of war, civil disorder, natural disaster or for humanitarian missions. Successful completion of this program results in a Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree in Nurse Anesthesia from Northeastern University School of Nursing and qualification to take the Certification Examination for Nurse Anesthetists.

The following represents a brief summary of the combined, suggested application and admission requirements for the U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing:

Effective Class Entering 2016

  1. BSN from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program
  2. Two years "time on station" by date that PCS is required. * VA applicants are exempt from active duty requirement.
  3. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and an overall science GPA of 3.0
  4. Undergraduate statistics course.
  5. Undergraduate class in either Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry.
  6. At least one year of experience as a Registered Nurse in a critical care setting, defined by the Council on Accreditation:
    “Critical care experience must be obtained in a critical care area within the United States, its territories, or a US military hospital outside of the United States. During this experience, the registered professional nurse is to have developed critical decision-making and psychomotor skills, competency in patient assessment, and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques. 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 infusions. Examples of critical care areas may include but are not limited to: SICU, CCU, MICU, PICU, NICU. Those who have experience in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with managing unstable patients, invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.”
  7. Preferred CCRN
  8. GRE within five years: Combined recommended score (verbal and quantitative) of at least 1000, on new version of GRE (297 any combination), plus score of 3.5 or higher on writing component.
  9. Letters of recommendation:
    A. Army Active Duty Applicants, Reserve & Civilian Applicants:
    Army CRNA Phase 2 Director***, Supervisor, and one other letter.
    B. Air Force Applicants: Chief Nurse, Immediate Supervisor, and a Senior CRNA.
    C. Veterans Administration Applicants: VA Phase 2 Director, Supervisor,
    and one other.

    ***All Army applicants must have a Phase 2 interview. Direct Accession applicants (Reserve & Civilian) will have a 3 day interview coordinated by their healthcare recruiter. Active Duty applicants can either show up in person at a Phase 2 site or send their records electronically. Active Duty applicants still must interview with their local Chief Nurse Anesthetist. The Phase 2 Director will skype, teleconference, or VTC with the applicant after talking with the local Chief and checking their records.

    Admission requirements for civilians and reservists differ in a few very important aspects, and the best source for the most current information is your local Army health care recruiter.

The following describes some of the most important differences:

  • You must meet the requirements for accession onto active duty as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps ( see your nearest health care recruiter). For civilians or reservists, there is no "time on station" requirement because you will enter active duty specifically to attend our program. All requirements for your active duty appointment must be completed prior to the date you enter active duty (usually by February of the year school begins).
  • Northeastern University admission selection is a separate and distinct application process. You must be selected for both an active duty appointment and selected for admission to the USAGPAN program by Northeastern University.
  • The USAGPAN considers the following areas as meeting experience requirements in accordance with the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs:
    a) ICU (i.e. SICU, MICU, CCU, Neuro ICU, Trauma ICU, PICU, NICU); b) Those who have experience in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care phamacology.
  • For civilians and reservists, you must have at least one full year of critcal care experience.

*Active duty applicants must have at least one year of critical care experience to be considered for admission. Critical care experience must be obtained in a critical care area within the United States, its territories, or a US military hospital outside of the United States. During this experience, the registered professional nurse is to have developed critical decision making and psychomotor skills, competency in patient assessment, and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques. 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. The critical care areas include intensive care units. Those who have experience in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.

Through the US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing http://www.usagpan.org students are instructed in a manner that encourages independent thought and critical decision-making during times of great stress, both physical and emotional. As the sole providers of anesthesia under many circumstances in the Army, nurse anesthetists have to rely on their skills and training, in consultation with the surgeons, to save soldiers' lives.

DNP Course Curriculum (122 SH)

  • Statistics in Nursing
  • Clinical Anatomy and Physiology I for Nurse Anesthesia
  • Clinical Anatomy and Physiology II for Nurse Anesthesia
  • Biochemistry for Nurse Anesthesia
  • Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesia I
  • Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesia II
  • Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Fundamentals of Nurse Anesthesia Practice I
  • Fundamentals of Nurse Anesthesia Practice II
  • Fundamentals of Nurse Anesthesia Practice III
  • Physical Examination and Differential Diagnosis Simulation
  • Translating Research Evidence into Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Epidemiology and Population-Based Health
  • Health Care informatics I
  • Health Care Finance & Marketing
  • Health Care Policy
  • Capstone Project I
  • Capstone Project 2
  • Leadership in Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Nurse Anesthesia Role Practicum I
  • Nurse Anesthesia Role Practicum II
  • Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum I
  • Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum II
  • Journal Club / Anesthesia Nursing Conferences 

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