Is Nurse Anesthesia the right career for you?
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are educated to practice autonomously and provide anesthesia in every practice setting. As sole anesthesia providers in most rural areas, CRNAs meet the population's needs, providing safe, competent, quality care to those we serve. At Southern Miss, you will be educated and prepared to take on a role beyond the operating room. Anesthesia and the education is fast paced, intense, and requires a high level of critical thinking.
Evidence-based practice is the foundation for our nurse anesthesia program. Graduated student registered nurse anesthetists (SRNAs) are adept at synthesizing knowledge, critical thinking, and have demonstrated competency in their clinical skills and all aspects of anesthesia care. Prepared to practice in a the professional role of a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), patient safety is the foremost concern. Our DNP program prepares the SRNA for professional service, advocacy, and leadership roles. Additionally, interpersonal communication skills are developed and honed during the program of study.
- BSN or MSN from a fully-accredited, NLN or CCNE, program in the US. BSN completed at time of application.
- Completion of the Graduate Record Examination within the past 5 years. A minimum analytical score of 3.0 is required.
- A current, unencumbered registered nursing license in any state with eligibility for licensure in Mississippi.
- Completion of official application materials and payment of application fees by stated deadline.
- Proof of immunization against hepatitis B and MMR, recent health examination, and TB skin test yearly.
- Criminal background check and drug screening upon matriculation into program.
Our DNP program is designed so that the student registered nurse anesthetist (SRNA) chooses a topic of interest to study for their final project. Project types vary widely. A few examples include: case studies or review articles written for journals, quality improvement projects, policy review and/or development for institutions, best practice guidelines, and clinical comparison research. With approval, the student may develop a unique project or join a faculty member in research.
Student registered nurse anesthetists (SRNAs) benefit from a low student to faculty ratio at Southern Miss. DNP project mentoring, active learning, simulation experiences, and one-on-one faculty mentoring are a few of the benefits at Southern Miss. We also utilize peer-mentoring for simulation, skill development, and social introduction. We plan to incorporate tutoring in 2019.
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The University of Southern Mississippi’s Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). The program's next accreditation review by the COA will be 2019.
Professional Licensure Disclosure
The University of Southern Mississippi School of Professional Nursing Practice has determined that completion of the Doctorate In Nursing (Nurse Anesthesia) prepares a student to take apply for certification as a Board Certified Nurse Anesthetists through the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) and then subsequently apply for state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in any of the 50 states and in any U.S. protectorate.
It is each individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice as requirements vary widely. For questions regarding licensure, please contact Dr. Lachel Story, Ph.D., R.N., by e-mailing lachel.storyFREEMississippi%20
- CRNA Military Service
- Physician & Dentist Offices
- Rural Hospitals
- Major Medical Centers
- Pain Management Specialties
- Aaron Flemister, 2015,
CRNA, Ashley Co Medical Center. “Aaron is a wonderful SRNA preceptor and teacher! Students love him!
- Claudine Boos, 2015,
CRNA, Forrest General Hospital System. “Claudine is dependable, compassionate, and truly enjoys her profession!”
- Ben Riebesel, 2016,
CRNA. Midwest Anesthesia Associates. “Ben is great! He is a hard worker and recruits for USM!”
- Brandi Carmichael, 2017,
CRNA. Anderson Regional Medical Center. “Brandi is excellent, she can do any case, anywhere!”