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2020 Fall Semester COVID19 Updates for Nurse Anesthesia Education

Admissions:
Our admission policies are unchanged (e.g. letter grades are required for prerequisite courses).

NA Courses and Clinicals:
All 2020 fall semester courses are offered as originally planned with one exception: in person courses will also follow the hybrid model and be available on Blackboard Collaborate (synchronously) for any student requiring quarantine or ill but able to attend class virtually from home. Those on campus will be required to comply with university and departmental social distancing and infection control procedures.

Twenty-one of 22 clinical sites have reopened to SRNAs, including the University of Kansas Hospital. Students will follow each clinical site’s policy and procedures for COVID screening, guidelines, PPE use and restrictions of their student program.  In the event of no existing guidelines, the KU Health System reintegration guidelines will be used.

Department Office:
The department's main office remains open currently. However, many faculty and staff are working remotely as recommended by KUMC leadership during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.  Please email Dr. Donna Nyght at dnyght@kumc.edu or the general email na@kumc.ed if you have questions. 

All departmental plans are in addition to information provided by the executive vice chancellor including those distributed via several university broadcast email messages. The health and safety of KU students and employees is the top priority for the School of Health Professions. Please send any questions or concerns to the school at healthprofessions@kumc.edu.


2020 Summer Semester COVID19 Updates

KUMC has aligned with Wyandotte County and the State of Kansas for reopening guidelines.

Most clinical sites have reopened for SRNAs between May 11-June 1, including KU Hospital on May 18, 2020. Communication with students, faculty, and staff is frequent (daily to weekly as necessary) for the latest clinical updates. When assigned away from Kansas City area clinical sites, students must adhere to all reopening policies within the states of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma as appropriate. Within greater Kansas City, guidelines from specific counties, such as Wyandotte, Johnson, and Jackson must be adhered to. In addition, each individual facility will have specific guidelines for PPE, care of patients testing positive for COVOD19, and any other safety considerations. All clinical affiliate sites within the four-state area are cleared for travel by KDHE and The University of Kansas Health System.

All 2020 summer semester courses are offered as originally planned with one exception, which is the Human Anatomy course for first year students. The lecture portion of anatomy will be presented online instead of the normal in class format. The dissection portion of the course will be limited to adhere to social distancing and PPE guidelines, but students will get hands on dissection experience and lab tests. Any student who cannot be on campus due to pandemic related safety considerations will have alternate dissection lab accommodations. All other academic nurse anesthesia summer courses are online as previously taught and scheduled. Clinical courses must be in person at affiliate sites reopened to SRNAs: if students cannot be in anesthetizing areas due to pandemic related safety issues, a leave of absence from the program will be considered on an individual basis.

It is anticipated that KUMC will reopen in phases throughout summer semester. Please refer to the latest guidelines from the State of Kansas and KUMC for changes. Do email us at dnyght@kumc.edu if you have any questions.


Our admission policies are unchanged (letter grades are required for prerequisite courses). This issue does not apply to students beginning the entry level clinical doctorate curriculum in summer semester 2020.


In addition to the latest information provided on the school's coronavirus updates page, the department chair and faculty will provide email communication to nurse anesthesia students regarding spring semester courses. Please do email Donna Nyght with any questions.


In coordination with leadership of the University of Kansas Medical Center, the KU School of Health Professions continues to monitor the trend of COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus.

The school has implemented actions intended to reduce the risk of disease transmission in the interest of protecting the health of visitors, patients, students, and employees.


The Department of Nurse Anesthesia Education prepared a department-specific plan and provided that to the Office of the Dean for review. Upon approval, these plans were communicated to faculty, staff, and students.

All academic nurse anesthesia courses for spring term 2020 will be delivered to students online via BlackBoard learning management. Simulation and clinical course work will proceed as planned in accordance with individual facilities policies.

Students currently at clinical sites Kearney, Neb., and Tahlequah, Okla., with complete their rotations on March 27. Students scheduled to begin their rotations at these sites will be rescheduled to participate at main hospital of The University of Kansas Health System.

For the week March 16-20, faculty and staff have adjusted schedules and will work from home when feasible to minimize the amount of time they will be present on campus. Plans for the week of March 23-27 and the remainder of the spring 2020 semester will be announced when available by internal email to students and with an update to this page.

The department's main office remains open at this time. However, most faculty and stafff are working remotely from home as recommended during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.


All departmental plans are in addition to information provided by the executive vice chancellor including those distributed via several university broadcast email messages.

The health and safety of KU students and employees is the top priority for the School of Health Professions.

Please send any questions or concerns to the school at healthprofessions@kumc.edu.

Last modified: Sep 04, 2020

The application window for the class beginning study in summer term 2021 opened March 15.

Standard application deadline: July 15

Early-decision application deadline: May 15


Students begin the program each year on the Tuesday after Memorial Day.

Questions? Please review the FAQ before contacting the office.

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