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The Clarkson College Nurse Anesthesia program prepares its graduates to provide safe, individualized anesthesia care to a diverse population. Critical thinking, effective communication, professionalism, interacting respectfully within a diverse society and proficient use of technology are emphasized. Our students are prepared to be the best, receiving optimal education in the practice of nurse anesthesia through quality didactic and clinical experiences. Our faculty and clinical instructors are vested in our students’ success. Students’ educational experience is optimized by our small class size.

Our program is full-time and front loaded, beginning with a 12-month, on-campus didactic phase, followed by an 18-month clinical practicum. The combined theory coursework and hands-on clinical experiences provide students with a well-rounded education to become a full service nurse anesthesia practitioner.

Clarkson College is associated and shares campuses with The Nebraska Medical Center. As such, we share many resources including a state of the art cadaver lab and access to the medical library as well as our own college library with extensive online anesthesia databases.

Core faculty of the Clarkson College Nurse Anesthesia Program consists of highly competent, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. We also incorporate the expertise of other faculty from Clarkson College, The Nebraska Medical Center, and national and community experts. With just 15 students per class, all faculty are fully committed to our students’ academic excellence and success.

In our on-site state-of-the-art simulation labs, our students integrate didactic principles into the clinical setting including:

  • Administration of general, moderate to deep sedation, and local anesthetics
  • Advanced airway management
  • Placement of upper and lower regional blocks
  • Placement of central regional (epidural and spinal) and peripheral regional blocks
  • Insertion of central venous lines
  • Ultrasound guidance of regional blocks and central lines
  • Management of emergencies in the operating room

Clinical rotations are required in both urban and rural medical facilities including inpatient, outpatient, and experiences in all areas where nurse anesthetists practice such as MRI, GI, CT Scan, ICU, and ER. Specialized experiences include cardiothoracic, neurosurgical, trauma, organ transplantation, pediatrics, obstetrics, chronic pain management with fluoroscopy, and dental. The variety of clinical experiences prepares our students to safely and effectively administer anesthesia to patients undergoing a variety of surgical, medical, or other health care procedures.

Upon completion of the degree requirements, graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Examination administered by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).