Our Nurse Anesthetist Program prepares students for the challenges they'll face as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA).
The preparation for success begins from the very start. The small size of our accepted classes fosters a supportive, closely knit community. It also allows us to monitor carefully the abilities and progress of students to individualize clinical training experiences.
Helpful and accessible, our nationally recognized faculty are leaders, teachers, scholars, and researchers who practice what they teach. Program courses, taught exclusively by nurse specialists and CRNAs, are immediately applicable to nursing practice. The school's recently constructed health assessment lab, the Center for Nursing Research, and the newly remodeled Patient Simulation Center further support student research and practice needs.
Our nurse anesthetist students receive an education that equips them to assume clinical, educational, research, and leadership positions within this advanced nursing specialty. Our Patient Simulation Center, which includes an operating room with advanced monitoring and gas-delivery systems, employs advanced technology to support the surgical and resuscitative care of a full-body, computerized mannequin (SAMSON). Used throughout the program for basic and advanced training, SAMSON enables our students to learn, practice, and gain confidence with various clinical procedures and provides training in managing rare and critical events and crises.
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The Nurse Anesthetist Program, School of Nursing, University at Buffalo, State University of New York is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthetist Programs (COA), 222 Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068, 847-665-1160. The program's next review by the COA is scheduled for Fall 2020.
The Nurse Anesthetist Program of the School of Nursing has been accredited to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.
Attrition rate for class graduating in December 2012: 0%
Employment of graduates within 6 months of graduation: 100%
Certification examination (all takers 12/15/12-5/13/13)
Overall pass rate: 100%
First time takers: 88%
Second time takers: 100%
Sample Program of Study
Thomas E. Obst, PhD, CRNA
Clinical Professor & Program Director
Michael R. Lamparelli, MS, CRNA
Clinical Assistant Professor & Clinical Residency Coordinator
Christopher Rutledge, MS, CRNA
Cheryl Spulecki, MS, CRNA