Foundational and advanced concepts of anesthesia practice integrated into supervised clinical training to reinforce principles of anesthesia care.
Integration of didactic and experiential learning is a critical mandate of the national Council on Accreditation for nurse anesthesia programs. The rationale for this new course proposal reflects a renewed emphasis of our Masters in Nurse Anesthesia (MNA) program on application of fundamental principles of anesthesia in a supervised clinical environment. This new, six credit hour course will replace the existing MNA courses Principles of Anesthesia 2 (PHPH 792 – 3 credit hours) and Practicum 1 in Nurse Anesthesia (PHPH 775 – 3 credit hours).
This proposal is returned for the following reasons: Note that these comments also apply to PHPH 761
1) the committee had strong objection to the clinical evaluation as only 5% of the grade. As was discussed with the proponents, different language that makes it clear that a student must pass the clinical to pass the course is necessary. Either increase the value from 5% to something much larger, such as 30-40%; or, as is done in other departments with didactic/clinical courses, explicitly state that the student will not pass the course unless the clinical part is passed.
2) minor typos on the syllabus. Course and clinical outcomes are all labeled with the number 1. Please make sure they are labeled as learning outcomes as well.