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The Clarkson College Nurse Anesthesia Program Transition to the Doctorate

The Clarkson College Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program option in Nurse Anesthesia is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs. The program will submit a substantive change application to the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) in the fall of 2019.

The Clarkson College Nurse Anesthesia program prepares its graduates to provide safe, individualized anesthesia care to a diverse population. The curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, effective communication, professionalism, interacting respectfully within a diverse society and proficient use of technology. Our students prepare 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 students’ success, and our small class sizes optimize students’ educational experiences.

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Nurse Anesthesia program is full-time and front loaded, beginning with a 20-month, on-campus didactic phase, followed by a 16-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 Nebraska Medicine. As such, we share many resources such as the medical library as well as our own College library with extensive online anesthesia databases.

Core program faculty consist of highly competent, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. We also incorporate the expertise of other faculty from Clarkson College, Nebraska Medicine, 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 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; obstetrics; acute and chronic pain management with fluoroscopy, dental and may include pediatric internships at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. The variety of clinical experiences prepares our students to safely and effectively administer anesthesia to patients across the lifespan who are undergoing a variety of surgical, medical or other health care procedures.

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