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United States Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing

School of Nursing

If you want to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and if serving as a United States Army Nurse Corps Officer interests you, consider the US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing -USAGPAN!

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Overview

As a student in the #8 nationally-ranked nurse anesthesia program in the nation, you will learn in a challenging yet highly supportive environment. You will be taught and mentored by talented military and civilian faculty who are committed to your success.

Graduates earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Northeastern University and go on to serve as Army CRNAs for 5 years with the option to stay in and continue to serve while increasing rank and salary.

The USAGPAN trains independent CRNAs to function as respected members of the military healthcare team.  Army CRNAs provide full-spectrum anesthesia at Army hospitals across the continental United States, Hawaii, Europe, Korea, and anywhere in the world they are needed.

The professional atmosphere, opportunities for growth and promotion, and exceptional work environment are unmatched. Through the US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing 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. Consider the USAGPAN as a means to becoming a CRNA!

The School of Nursing’s DNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The USAGPAN program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) for the maximum allowable ten years through October, 2021.

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
222 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001
Telephone: 847-655-1160

  • Pass Rate for first time test-takers on the National Certification Exam (NCE) offered through the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) for the class that graduated in 2017 is 95.65%.
  • The employment rate for the class that graduated in 2017 is 100 percent.
  • The attrition rate for the graduating class in 2017 is 22.6%.
Application and Admission Requirements

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 2018

  1. BSN from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program
  2. Two years “time on station” by date that PCS is required. *VA and Direct Accession applicants are exempt from this 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. CCRN preferred
  8. GRE within five years: Competitive GRE score.
  9. Letters of recommendation:
    A. Army Reserve & Civilian Applicants: Army CRNA Phase 2 Site Director***, Supervisor, and one other letter.
    B. Veterans Administration Applicants: Letter of support for your upward mobility within the VA from your Nurse Executive (member of the Pentad), Supervisor, and one other.
    C. Army Active Duty Applicants: Army CRNA Phase 2 Site Director (If assigned at a Phase 2 site) OR Chief CRNA (if not assigned to a Phase 2 site), Supervisor, and one other letter.

    ***All Army Direct Accession applicants must have a Phase 2 interview. Direct Accession applicants (Reserve & Civilian) will have a 3 day Phase 2 interview coordinated by their healthcare recruiter. Active Duty applicants not assigned to a Phase 2 site must interview with their local Chief Nurse Anesthetist. The Chief CRNA will consult with a Phase 2 Site Director or Phase 1 faculty member regarding the letter of recommendation. Contact your local Army health care recruiter for more program information.

The following describes some important applicant requirements:

  • 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 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.

Why USAGPAN?
  • Fully Funded (tuition is paid)
  • Earn a salary and benefits as a United States Army Officer during school
  • Exceptional education and support
  • 100% job placement upon graduation in an Army medical facility

Mission

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.
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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) 

Restricted to students in the United States Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing (USAGPAN). Students must complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Application Deadline for active duty officers and VA applicants is 07/01/2017 for class starting June 2018

Direct accession (civilian), Army Reserve, and Army National Guard applicants must apply by 9/1/17 for class starting June 2018

Classes start every June so the July 1 and September 1 deadlines will remain the same annually

Sample Curriculum & Requirements

A total of 122 semester hours are required to complete the program. A grade of B or higher is required in each course. 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.

Core Courses
NRSG 5127   Scientific Inquiry and Epidemiological Concepts   3
NRSG 5170    Statistics in Nursing  2
NRSG 5182   Physical Examination and Differential Diagnosis  4
NRSG 5184   Biochemistry for Nurse Anesthesia  4
NRSG 6372   Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia Practice  3
NRSG 7100   Leadership in Advanced Practice Nursing  3
NRSG 7105   Translating Research Evidence into Practice  3

Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesia
NRSG 6369   Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesia 1   5
NRSG 6371   Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesia 2   4

Anatomy and Physiology
NRSG 5172   Clinical Anatomy and Physiology 1 for Nurse Anesthesia   6
NRSG 5174   Clinical Anatomy and Physiology 2 for Nurse Anesthesia   5

Healthcare
NRSG 6302   Health Policy and Law   3
NRSG 6306   Health Informatics   3
NRSG 6308   Healthcare Management   3

Fundamentals of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
NRSG 6375 Fundamentals of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 1 9
NRSG 6379 Fundamentals of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 2 9

Clinical Practicum
NRSG 7400 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum 1 5
NRSG 7403 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum 2 5
NRSG 7406 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum 3 5
NRSG 7409 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum 4 5

Role Development
NRSG 7412 Nurse Anesthesia Role Development 1 6
NRSG 7415 Nurse Anesthesia Role Development 2 6
NRSG 7418 Nurse Anesthesia Role Development 3 6
NRSG 7421 Nurse Anesthesia Role Development 4 6

Capstone
NRSG 7921 Capstone 1: Design and Ethical Consideration of Practice Application 3
NRSG 7922 Capstone 2: Applying Practice Knowledge-Implementation/Outcomes 3
NRSG 7923 Capstone 3: Dissemination of Practice Inquiry 3

Curriculum subject to change

 

Contact Information

Christine Litzinger
Program Manager
207 Robinson
Tel: 617.373.3124
c.litzinger@neu.edu

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