The specialty concentration in Nurse Anesthesia is offered in conjunction with Carolinas Medical Center . This and all of our baccalaureate/masters programs in the School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs (COA). The concentration in Nurse Anesthesia provides both the theory and clinical practice required to qualify to take the national certifying examination upon graduation. In addition to MSN core courses, students complete cognate and clinical courses in nurse anesthesia. Clinical experiences are offered at Carolinas Medical Center and other affiliated sites.
Carolinas Medical Center provides clinical instruction for students enrolled in the nurse anesthesia program. A referral center for North and South Carolina, this 850-bed medical center and teaching hospital presents opportunities for experiences with patients undergoing a variety of surgical and diagnostic procedures. Students also receive educational experiences at several external clinical sites in North Carolina, including Stanly Regional Medical Center in Albemarle,CMC in Pineville, CMC Mercy and CMC University. All facilities provide a preceptor:student ratio of no more than 1 to 2 with a CRNA and/or physician anesthesiologist. The clinical hours and number and variety of cases are exceptional; students far exceed the number of clinical hours and cases required for graduation. The program's graduates have achieved a 92% passage rate (first attempt) on the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists Certification Examination for Nurse Anesthetists over the previous ten years.
This program can be completed as a full-time course of study (in 27 months). Students are admitted once per year in the fall semester. Interviews are conducted two times per academic year (November and February) for the top candidates. All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate School and the Nurse Anesthesia program no later than six weeks prior to the interviews.
For more information on Nurse Anesthesia as a career, visit the website for the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
- Current unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse. Current license in North Carolina or a compact state or the state identified by faculty for clinical practice before enrollment.
- Baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from an accredited nursing program.
- Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE); a minimum combined score of 293 or verbal & quantitative sections is recommended (MAT scores are not accepted).
- A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate work after high school.
- A grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all basic undergraduate science courses taken since high school (courses in Chemistry, Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Microbiology are included).
- Completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or better.
- An essay (statement of purpose), limited to a single page, describing the applicant's experience and objective in undertaking graduate study in the chosen specialty.
- The three letters of recommendation required by the Graduate School must be from persons familiar with the applicant's professional qualifications, such as clinical manager or supervisor, academic professor, or physician.
- A minimum of 18 months of current full time critical care experience with adult patients just prior to matriculation:
a. Acceptable experience includes: Intensive Care Unit, Coronary Care Unit, Trauma Intensive Care Unit, Neuro Intensive Care Unit, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit.
b. Experiences not acceptable include: Flight Team, Emergency Room, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Post Anesthesia Care Unit, and Operating Room.
- Current certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Life Support with documentation provided only to Carolinas Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Program.
- Computer literacy is required for coursework.
- Applicants who meet the admission requirements will be eligible to be invited for an interview with the Program’s Admissions Committee, which are held in November and February. Only after a successful interview, will the applicant be admitted. NOTE: The application process requires two applications – one to UNC Charlotte and one to Carolinas Medical Center.
For February interviews, the deadline is January 10
NUAN 6153 - Principles of Nurse Anesthesia III (3hrs)
NURS 6101 - Theoretical Basis for Nursing Practice (3hrs)
NUAN 6172 - Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia I (1hr)
NUAN 6486 - Clinical Residency in Nurse Anesthesia II* (5hrs)
NUAN 6487 - Clinical Residency in Nurse Anesthesia III* (5hrs)
Dr. Lienne Edwards
Clinical Program Director
Ms. Karen Lucisano, PhD, RN, CRNA
Carolinas Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Program