United States Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing

School of Nursing

If you want to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and if serving as a United States Army Nurse Corps Officer interests you, consider the US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing -USAGPAN!

Overview

WHY USAGPAN?

  • Fully Funded (tuition is paid)
  • Earn a salary and benefits as a United States Army Officer ($5,270 estimated monthly salary)
  • Exceptional education and support
  • 100% job placement upon graduation in one of 26 Army Hospitals around the world

As a student in this top-10 nationally-ranked nurse anesthesia program, you will learn in a challenging yet highly supportive environment. You will be taught and mentored by talented military and civilian faculty who are committed to your success.

Graduates earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Northeastern University and go on to serve as Army CRNAs for 5 years with the option to stay in, increasing rank and salary.

The USAGPAN trains independent CRNAs to function as respected members of the military healthcare team.  Army CRNAs provide full-spectrum anesthesia at Army hospitals across the continental United States, Hawaii, Europe, Korea, and anywhere in the world they are needed.

The professional atmosphere, opportunities for growth and promotion, and exceptional work environment are unmatched. Consider the USAGPAN as a means to becoming a CRNA!

Application and Admission Requirements

The following represents a brief summary of the combined, suggested application and admission requirements for the U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing:

Effective Class Entering 2016

  1. BSN from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program
  2. Two years “time on station” by date that PCS is required. *VA applicants are exempt from active duty requirement.
  3. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and an overall science GPA of 3.0
  4. Undergraduate statistics course.
  5. Undergraduate class in either Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry.
  6. At least one year of experience as a Registered Nurse in a critical care setting, defined by the Council on Accreditation:
    “Critical care experience must be obtained in a critical care area within the United States, its territories, or a US military hospital outside of the United States. During this experience, the registered professional nurse is to have developed critical decision-making and psychomotor skills, competency in patient assessment, and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques. A critical care area is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered professional nurse manages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (such as pulmonary artery catheter, CVP, arterial); cardiac assist devices; mechanical ventilation; and vasoactive infusions. Examples of critical care areas may include but are not limited to: SICU, CCU, MICU, PICU, NICU. Those who have experience in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with managing unstable patients, invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.”
  7. Preferred CCRN
  8. GRE within five years: Combined recommended score (verbal and quantitative) of at least 1000, on new version of GRE (297 any combination), plus score of 3.5 or higher on writing component.
  9. Letters of recommendation:
    A. Army Active Duty Applicants, Reserve & Civilian Applicants:
    Army CRNA Phase 2 Director***, Supervisor, and one other letter.
    B. Air Force Applicants: Chief Nurse, Immediate Supervisor, and a               Senior CRNA.
    C. Veterans Administration Applicants: VA Phase 2 Director,                          Supervisor, and one other.

    ***All Army applicants must have a Phase 2 interview. Direct Accession applicants (Reserve & Civilian) will have a 3 day interview coordinated by their healthcare recruiter. Active Duty applicants can either show up in person at a Phase 2 site or send their records electronically. Active Duty applicants still must interview with their local Chief Nurse Anesthetist. The Phase 2 Director will skype, teleconference, or VTC with the applicant after talking with the local Chief and checking their records.Admission requirements for civilians and reservists differ in a few very important aspects, and the best source for the most current information is your local Army health care recruiter.

The following describes some of the most important differences:

  • You must meet the requirements for accession onto active duty as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps (see your nearest health care recruiter). For civilians or reservists, there is no “time on station” requirement because you will enter active duty specifically to attend our program. All requirements for your active duty appointment must be completed prior to the date you enter active duty (usually by February of the year school begins).
  • Northeastern University admission selection is a separate and distinct application process. You must be selected for both an active duty appointment and selected for admission to the USAGPAN program by Northeastern University.
  • The USAGPAN considers the following areas as meeting experience requirements in accordance with the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs:
    a) ICU (i.e. SICU, MICU, CCU, Neuro ICU, Trauma ICU, PICU, NICU); b) Those who have experience in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care phamacology.
  • For civilians and reservists, you must have at least one full year of critcal care experience.

*Active duty applicants must have at least one year of critical care experience to be considered for admission. Critical care experience must be obtained in a critical care area within the United States, its territories, or a US military hospital outside of the United States. During this experience, the registered professional nurse is to have developed critical decision making and psychomotor skills, competency in patient assessment, and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques. A critical care area is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered professional nurse manages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (such as pulmonary artery catheter, CVP, arterial); cardiac assist devices; mechanical ventilation; and vasoactive drips. The critical care areas include intensive care units. Those who have experience in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.

Through the US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing students are instructed in a manner that encourages independent thought and critical decision-making during times of great stress, both physical and emotional. As the sole providers of anesthesia under many circumstances in the Army, nurse anesthetists have to rely on their skills and training, in consultation with the surgeons, to save soldiers’ lives.

Contact Info

Christine Litzinger
207 Robinson
Tel: 617.373.3124
c.litzinger@neu.edu

NURSING PRACTICE WITH CONCENTRATION IN NURSE ANESTHESIA, DNP

Restricted to students in the United States Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing (USAGPAN).  Students must complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Sample Curriculum & Requirements

A total of 122 semester hours are required to complete the program. A grade of B or higher is required in each course.

Core Courses 
NRSG 5127   Scientific Inquiry and Epidemiological Concepts   3
NRSG5170    Statistics in Nursing  2
NRSG 5182   Physical Examination and Differential Diagnosis  4
NRSG 5184   Biochemistry for Nurse Anesthesia  4
NRSG 6372   Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia Practice  3
NRSG 7100   Leadership in Advanced Practice Nursing  3
NRSG 7105   Translating Research Evidence into Practice  3

Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesia 
NRSG 6369   Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesia 1   5
NRSG 6371   Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesia 2   4

Anatomy and Physiology 
NRSG 5172   Clinical Anatomy and Physiology 1 for Nurse Anesthesia   6
NRSG 5174   Clinical Anatomy and Physiology 2 for Nurse Anesthesia   5

Healthcare
NRSG 6302   Health Policy and Law   3

NRSG 6306   Health Informatics   3
NRSG 6308   Healthcare Management   3

Fundamentals of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
NRSG 6375   Fundamentals of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 1   9

NRSG 6379   Fundamentals of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 2   9

Clinical Practicum
NRSG 7400   Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum 1   5

NRSG 7403   Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum 2   5
NRSG 7406   Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum 3   5
NRSG 7409   Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum 4   5

Role Development
NRSG 7412   Nurse Anesthesia Role Development 1   6

NRSG 7415   Nurse Anesthesia Role Development 2   6
NRSG 7418   Nurse Anesthesia Role Development 3   6
NRSG 7421   Nurse Anesthesia Role Development 4    6

Capstone
NRSG 7921   Capstone 1: Design and Ethical Consideration of Practice Application   3

NRSG 7922   Capstone 2: Applying Practice Knowledge-Implementation/Outcomes   3
NRSG 7923   Capstone 3: Dissemination of Practice Inquiry   3

Curriculum subject to change

Application Deadline for active duty officers and VA applicants is 07/01/2016 for class starting June 2017
Direct accession (civilian), Army Reserve, and Army National Guard applicants must apply by 12/15/2016 for class starting June 2017

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