11 Great Things about KU's Nurse Anesthesia Program

ACADEMIC
MEDICAL CENTER

Offered within a large, urban academic medical center with a substantial commitment to medical research and education. The University of Kansas Hospital was ranked first in the state of Kansas. It also has nine specialties named in U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Hospitals list for 2013-14: ear, nose and throat; pulmonology; cardiology and heart surgery; nephrology; gastroenterology; diabetes and endocrinology; geriatrics; neurology and neurosurgery; and cancer.

REASONABLE
COSTS

Total tuition and fees are very competitive when compared to similar programs in the U.S. and offer excellent value for the cost. Total tuition and fees for 3 years for the DNP program is $49,993 for Kansas residents or $76,603 for non-residents.

ATTRACTIVE
LOCATION

Centrally located in the Midwest, Kansas City is easily accessible and boasts a reasonable cost of living and a wide range of excellent educational and cultural opportunities.

19,000 CASES
PER YEAR AT KU HOSPITAL

Access to a wealth of cases including experience in specialty areas such as MRI, radiation oncology, invasive radiological procedures, GI endoscopy, cardioversions, and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).

LEVEL I
TRAUMA CENTER

The University of Kansas Hospital is a nationally accredited Level I trauma center for the Kansas City metropolitan area.

BURNETT BURN CENTER

The University of Kansas Hospital has the only adult and pediatric Burn Center in the Kansas City metro area accredited by the American College of Surgeons and the American Burn Association.

EXPERIENCED
FACULTY

The program features 7 full-time CRNA faculty, each averaging 10 years of experience as nurse anesthetists, along with two adjunct science faculty. Additional adjunct clinical faculty provide invaluable clinical instruction at affiliate sites.

SIGNIFICANT
ANESTHESIOLOGY
EXPERTISE

Clinical instruction is also provided at the KU Hospital, the primary clinic site, by more than 40 anesthesiologists, many of whom have completed fellowships in pediatrics, organ transplantation, pain management, and cardiovascular anesthesia.

 SIMULATION

The program has significantly expanded simulation opportunities over the past year. It now uses a state-of-the-art virtual hospital with a high-definition, full-body simulator as well as other manikins. Student simulation experiences have increased substantially.

LATEST
TECHNOLOGY

Students train in settings which employ the latest advances in technology including various robotic surgeries, trans intra-hepatic portal shunts (TIPS) and endovascular AAA repairs in radiology, subthalamic nuclear stimulators for patients with Parkinson's disease, radio frequency ablation for kidney tumors, patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure and cerebral aneurysm coiling.

EXPERT
MENTORS

The following anesthesiologists have completed fellowships in a specialty area: Peter Hild, MD, in cardiothoracic anesthesia; Ronald Torline, MD, in cardiac and pediatric anesthesiology; Martin DeRuyter, MD, in critical care medicine; Talal Khan, MD, in pain medicine; Grace Shih, MD, in obstetric anesthesia; and Christopher Beck, MD, in cardiac anesthesiology. Anthony Kovac, MD, is known for his research in difficult airway management and anesthesia for electroconvulsive therapy.

EXCEPTIONAL
EXPERIENCE

Students are exposed to a large number of challenging and diverse cases, preparing them for an easier transition into the work place.

“In recent months we have had a large influx of CRNAs from other facilities ... our preparation [at KU] as skilled providers has been praised. It is common – even as new grads – that we are leading the way in complex, challenging cases.” – a 2012 KU graduate

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All information provided on this website, including case numbers, program costs, fees, faculty and clinical sites is subject to change at any time without notice.

Last modified: Jan 24, 2014
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