The graduate program in nurse anesthesia at KU is 36 months in length and is a very intense and demanding program. Students should expect to devote up to 70 hours per week to program requirements, including clinical experiences, class time and study time. During the first two semesters, courses are mostly classroom-based and are scheduled on most days of the week, Monday-Friday. During the remainder of the three-year program (semesters 3-9), students will be assigned in the clinic with a variable schedule that will include 12-hour days in the operating room as well as overnight, weekend and holiday call. During this time, students continue to take theory, research and other courses which are mostly Web-based but also have some class room time.
This design permits more learning methods to be incorporated into the program and allows students to continue to gain knowledge through academic course work while developing their skills in the clinic. Although many courses in the nurse anesthesia program are offered through web-based instruction, please note that this is not a distance learning program.
Applicants should be aware that graduate study is directed self-learning. While graduate study is faculty-directed, graduate students are expected to be self-motivated and independent learners. Also, please note that although many courses in the KU Nurse Anesthesia program are offered online, all students must be based at KU Medical Center. This is not a distance learning program.
Most of the clinic experience is gained at The University of Kansas Hospital, however, in the final year in the program, students are also assigned at other clinic sites. This allows students to gain a broader clinical experience and to obtain required or enhancement case experiences. Please note that several of these sites are outside the Kansas City Metropolitan area. Please see our clinical affiliations page for more information.