As experts in operating room safety and efficiency, certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) provide anesthesia care before, during, and after surgery, helping to ensure the best possible outcomes. They perform complete patient assessments, develop and implement anesthesia care plans, and closely monitor patients.
This 36-month, full-time program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and is a collaborative effort with the Associated Physicians of Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians. In our program, students take advantage of the core courses common to all DNP nursing specialties, learn advanced physiologic and pharmacologic principles, and gain hands-on clinical experience.
A practicing CRNA since 1986, Susan Emery developed and now directs the nurse anesthesia program at Boston College. Her interests include anesthesia for the geriatric patient, cognitive dysfunction following anesthesia, and emergency preparedness. Susan is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the Massachusetts Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and Sigma Theta Tau.