US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia
US Army Graduate Program In Anesthesia Nursing
Clinical Residency at Womack Army Medical Center
Mission: The US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing (USAGPAN) supports the Health Readiness Center of Excellence (HRCoE) mission by producing clinicians educated in the complexity of practice at the doctoral level and competent in the unique skills of anesthesia nursing.
Vision: The graduate nurse anesthetist is prepared to function as a leader advocating for quality patient care in times of peace, and when necessary, in times of war, civil disorder, natural disaster or humanitarian missions.
The U.S. Army has prepared top quality Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) for nearly 50 years. Today, USAGPAN produces the majority of active duty Army CRNAs and provides specialized training in field anesthesia to ensure that our graduates are qualified to deploy in times of war, civil disorder, natural disasters or for humanitarian missions. This 3 year course of graduate education includes 1 year of didactic preparation prior to a 2 year clinical residency at a selected Army Medical Center.
Successful completion of this program now culminates in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Northeastern University School of Nursing and qualification to take the Certification Exam for Nurse Anesthetists.
USAGPAN is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).
USAGPAN students who choose Womack Army Medical Center for their 2 year clinical residency attend several additional specialty clinical rotations to enhance their anesthetic knowledge. At Womack, USAGPAN students conduct a month long specialty rotation in obstetric anesthesia and a one month rotation as a member of the acute pain team to gain expertise in the performance of peripheral nerve blocks. On out-rotations from Womack, USAGPAN students spend 4 weeks at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO where they acquire anesthesia experience in one of the most notable Neurosurgical centers in the world. Experience in cardiothoracic anesthesia is obtained during a rotation at the James A. Haley Veterans Affairs Hospital in Tampa, FL. Finally, to hone their clinical expertise, students spend up to 8 weeks in the fast paced environment of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington NC, pursuing higher acuity and emergent cases.
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