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Nurse Anesthesia

John J. Newhouse, Ed.D., M.S. Program Director, Department of Health Services

110 Post Hall, 610- 660-1578,

Joan Woods, C.R.N.A., M.S., Ed., Clinical Director, Nazareth School of Anesthesiology for Nurses, 215-335-6217,

Program Description

The MS in Nurse Anesthesia is currently being offered in conjunction with Nazareth Hospital. It is designed for nurses who desire to study the administrative aspects of health care as well as focus on the science of anesthesiology. The core courses are taught by Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and Anesthesiologists at the hospital site. Health Education and Administration courses are taught by the University faculty on the main campus. Please note that this program is in the process of being phased out during the 2012 -2013 academic year. The University and Nazareth Hospital will honor their respective academic and clinical training and educational responsibilities for all students fully matriculated as of July 1, 2012. No new applications are being accepted.

Degree Requirements

To earn the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia degree, students must satisfactorily complete fifty-one credits. Eighteen of these credits are taken at Saint Joseph’s University and thirty-three at the Hospital School.

Core Courses (offered at Nazareth Hospital)

GRA 510


Anatomy/Physiology/Pathophysiology in Anesthesia I

GRA 530


Chemistry and Physics I

GRA 550


Pharmacology I

GRA 500


Orientation to the Study and Practice of Anesthesia

GRA 520


Anatomy/Physiology/Pathophysiology in Anesthesia II

GRA 540


Chemistry and Physics of Anesthesia II and III

GRA 560


Pharmacology II

GRA 600


Advanced Principles of Practice

GRA 700


Clinical Practicum

GRA 710


Thesis Presentation

Saint Joseph’s University Courses

HSV 550

Health Services Research (HAD/HED 4025)

HAD 600


Ethics of Health Care

HAD 554


Health Care Law

Plus any three of the following:

HAD 552


Health Administration

HAD 570


Psychosocial Aspects of Chronic Illness and Disability

HSV 551

Managed Health Care (HAD 4765)

HED 553


Program Planning for Wellness

HED 552


Epidemiology and Community Health

HED 554


Curriculum Strategies for Health Educators

HED 575


Stress and Crisis Management

HED 576