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Graduate Program

COUNCIL ON ACCREDITATION OF NURSE ANESTHESIA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS 

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia educational program on January 1, 2022 or thereafter be enrolled in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree. La Roche University has submitted its application to the COA for approval to award the Doctor of Nursing Anesthesia Practice degree – entry level. Pending approval by the COA, the program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in August 2022. Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting the Office of Graduate Admissions at 412-536-1260 or graduateadmissions@laroche.edu.








The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia Program consists of two portions: 

  • Core science courses at La Roche 
  • Didactics I and II and Clinical Practicum at Allegheny School of Anesthesia and clinical affiliates 

La Roche Component

This portion of the program provides you with a broad base of knowledge in the biophysical sciences. The curriculum includes courses in: 

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Organic, medicinal and biological chemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Medical physics 

These core courses offer the scientific foundation and skills that you need to become an expert in: 

  • Managing patients of various age groups with varying coexisting comorbidities 
  • Applying theoretical concepts to real-world situations 
  • Using research to solve complex problems and evaluate current anesthesia literature 

Allegheny School of Anesthesia Component

Didactics I

This course is composed of clinically-based classes and student presentations which deal with basic principles of anesthesia practice. This course continues throughout year one.

Didactics II 

This course is composed of clinically-based classes and student presentations which deal with more advanced principles of anesthesia practice. This course continues throughout year two.

Clinical Overview

The clinical component begins early in the first semester and is designed in a progressive format, beginning with “mock induction” simulations prior to actual patient management. 

Students spend five months at their first clinical rotation in order to acclimate to their new role as anesthesia providers. Later students rotate through our 12 clinical sites. During their clinical practicum, students are scheduled specialty rotations, including cardiac, neuro, pediatric, OB, regional and trauma. 

Our graduates exceed the national minimum case requirements, as established by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

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