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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA)

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The nurse anesthesia program is a collaborative effort between the William F. Connell School of Nursing and Anaesthesia Associates of Massachusetts (AAM), the largest provider of anesthesia services in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The curriculum design takes advantage of the core courses common to all master of science nursing specialties, and in addition, students learn the advanced physiologic and pharmacologic principles specific to nurse anesthesia practice. Clinical practica at the varied AAM facilities give students broad hands-on experience.


Why Choose Nurse Anesthetist?

Working with outstanding clinicians and mentors on the Boston College faculty, you’ll become expert in operating room safety and efficiency, helping to ensure the best outcomes for patients. A certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) is someone who enjoys the challenge of caring for patients in intensive care or pre- and postoperative settings. The prospective nurse anesthesia student should also have a strong interest in physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology, the scientific foundations for practice in this specialty.

What is the CRNA’s role in this specialty?

CRNAs care for patients before, during, and after surgery. They perform complete patient assessments before the procedure, obtaining health histories and conducting physical exams. They review laboratory results and information from patients’ medical records and then develop a plan of anesthesia care specific to the patient and the procedure. They then implement that plan, adapting it if necessary, monitoring the patient closely and incorporating safety considerations at each step.

Where do CRNAs work?

CRNAs work in virtually every setting in which anesthesia is used: hospital operating rooms, labor and delivery units, critical and intensive care floors, outpatient centers, pain management clinics, and specialized health care provider offices. Nurse anesthetists administer approximately 65 percent of all anesthesia in the United States. They are typically the sole providers of anesthesia in rural and underserved communities and at military and government medical facilities.

Full-time, 27-month MSN program

The Connell School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is a 27 month, full-time nurse anesthesia program. The nurse anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

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