- The curriculum is offered in a multidisciplinary framework, with the majority of the didactic instruction completed during the first year.
- Some courses are web-based.
- Classes begin in June of each year; the deadline is now closed for summer 2018 enrollment.
During the second and third years of the program, students have the opportunity to attend clinical rotations in several renowned hospitals in the region, including:
- the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center
- Saint Agnes Hospital
- MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
- the VA Medical Centers in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
- and others for specialty rotations.
Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination (NCE) offered by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
- The composite NCE pass rate for FY 2015 was 81% which included both first-time and repeat NCE test takers.
- In 2017 the first-time pass rate for UMB was 88 percent, with a 100 percent pass rate for second-time test-takers
- The attrition rate for the past three years is 4 percent, which is approximately one student per class.
The employment rate for the first DNP Nurse Anesthesia class of 2017 was 100% within the three months of graduation.
The University of Maryland School of Nursing’s Nurse Anesthesia specialty is fully accredited through 2027 by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs contact information is as follows:
222 S. Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, Ill. 60068-4001
Main Number: 847-655-1160
|Semester and Course Number/Title||Credit/Clinical Hours|
|Summer Year 1|
|NURS 616: Chemistry of Nurse Anesthesia||2 Credits|
|NURS 617: Technology & Physics of Nurse Anesthesia||2 Credits|
|NPHY 612: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology||3 credits|
|Fall Year 1|
|NURS 613: Principles of Nurse Anesthesia I||3 Credits|
|NRSG 603: Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesia I||3 Credits|
|NDNP 819: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan||4 Credits|
|NPHY 625: Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurse Anesthesia||3 Credits|
|NRSG 785: Professional Writing||1 Credit|
|Spring Year 1|
|NURS 614: Principles of Nurse Anesthesia II||3 credits|
|NRSG 790: Methods for Research and Evidence-Based Practice||3 Credits|
|NRSG 795: Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice||3 Credits|
|NURS 615: Regional Anesthesia||2 Credits|
|NURS 604: Advanced Pharmacology II||3 Credits|
|Summer Year 2|
|NDNP 804: Theory for Evidence-Based Practice||3 Credits|
|NURS 654: Principles of Nurse Anesthesia III||3 Credits|
|NRSG 782: Health Systems Policy & Leadership||3 Credits|
|Fall Year 2|
|NRSG 780: Population Health and Promotion||3 Credits|
|NURS 672: Principles of Nurse Anesthesia IV||3 Credits|
|NURS 637: Practicum I||4 Credits|
|Spring Year 2|
|NDNP 807: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care||2 Credits|
|NDNP 808: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care Practicum||1 Credit|
|NURS 810: Evidence-Based Health Policy||3 Credits|
|NDNP 810: Scholarly Project Identification||1 Credit|
|NURS 657: Practicum II||4 Credits|
|Summer Year 3|
|NURS 834: Translation and Outcomes of Evidenced-Based Practice||3 Credits|
|NURS 673: Practicum III||3 Credits|
|NDNP 811: Scholarly Project Development||1 Credit|
|Fall Year 3|
|NDNP 812: Scholarly Project Implementation||1 Credit|
|NRSG 670: Anesthesia Seminar I||2 Credits|
|NURS 674: Practicum IV||4 Credits|
|NDNP 814: Leadership and Interprofessional Collaboration||3 Credits|
|NDNP 817: Leadership and Interprofessional Collaboration (Practicum)||2 Credits|
|Spring Year 3|
|NURS 642: Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia||1 Credit|
|NDNP 813: DNP Project Evaluation/Dissemination||1 Credit|
|NURS 675: Anesthesia Nursing Seminar II||3 Credits|
|NURS 676: Clinical Practicum V||4 Credits|
Joseph Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, FAAN, associate professor
Assistant Specialty Director:
Veronica Amos, PhD, CRNA, PHCNS-BC, assistant professor
Richard P. Conley Jr., MS, CRNA, clinical instructor
Rose M. Delaney, program management specialist
Michelle Gonzalez, PhD, CRNA, CHSE, clinical instructor
Jacqueline Mitchell, MS, CRNA, director of clinical education
When is the application deadline for the Nurse Anesthesia specialty?
The priority application deadline is September 1. Your application packet must be complete by that date. The application packet should include all transcripts, letters of recommendation, a CV or résumé, copies of licenses, and the essay.
Do I need a master's degree to apply for the DNP Nurse Anesthesia specialty?
No. The Nurse Anesthesia specialty is part of the BSN to DNP program, which means you only need a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited university to apply.
What are the admission requirements?
Applicants will be evaluated using UMSON's Doctor of Nursing Practice admissions requirements. In addition, at least one year of continuous full-time acute care nursing experience is required.
After submitting an application, selected applicants will be invited to an on-campus interview with Nurse Anesthesia specialty faculty members.
What should be included in the application essay?
In addition to the basic components found here, the essay for the Nurse Anesthesia specialty should include statements that describe why you want to receive a Doctor in Nursing Practice degree with a Nurse Anesthesia specialty, what motivated you to seek Nurse Anesthesia as a specialty, and what your plans are following your education.
What type of work experience is required to be eligible to apply?
At least one year of continuous full-time acute care nursing experience is required at the time of application. We prefer experience in large, busy surgical or cardio-thoracic intensive care units. Nursing experience in ER, OR, PACU, NICU, step-down, or telemetry units do not meet this acute care experience requirement. In the past, the average work experience of our accepted applicants was five years.
What can I expect during the interview process?
During the interview process, you will interact with our faculty members and current students and take a tour of our simulation lab. You can expect to be at UMSON for approximately four hours. The interview will be in a panel format with Nurse Anesthesia specialty faculty members and/or clinical site coordinators.
Who should I ask to complete my reference letters?
At least one recommendation should be from your acute care unit manager or supervisor. This recommendation should address your overall work performance, team member activities, and experience with various critically-ill patients and techniques such as, but not limited to, central line monitoring, ventilator care, and infusion therapy. Candidates may submit a separate word document with the narrative of the recommendation.
Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required?
No. The GRE is not a requirement.
Do you require a Maryland nursing license to apply for the specialty?
No, Maryland licensure is not required to complete the application process. Applicants will be required to submit a RN license from the state in which they are currently working. Once applicants are accepted into the Nurse Anesthesia specialty, they will need to have and maintain both a Maryland license (or compact state) and a Washington, D.C. license.
Do you require CCRN certification for application or admission?
We do not require CCRN certification for admission. However, we strongly recommend certification.
How competitive is the application process?
The selection process is very competitive. The admissions committee evaluates applicants’ past academic performance, work experience, and letters of recommendation. The number of applicants varies each year.
How many students are accepted each year?
We generally accept up to 25 students each year.
Is there anything else I can do to strengthen my application?
We highly recommend that you spend several hours shadowing a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in your current workplace. Most anesthesia departments are happy to assist you with this experience.
Many applicants have found it helpful to take a graduate-level physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, or research course before entering the program. You may take these courses at a university of your preference, however they are not required for admission. The University of Maryland School of Nursing allows you to transfer in two courses. Some of the recommended courses are NURS 790 and NRSG 795.
Can I work while I’m enrolled in this program?
The nurse anesthesia program is a rigorous and demanding full-time program. Students are enrolled in approximately 15 graduate credits per semester during the first year. The clinical education phase begins the second summer and is full-time, requiring 40-50 hours per week.
How can I get additional information?
You can get additional information about the specialty by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 410-706-1995. For more information about the roles and responsibilities of nurse anesthests, visit the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists websites.