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  • SRNA

    As you may already know, the field of Nurse Anesthesia (NA) is a growing, challenging and greatly rewarding professional career. Here you will find some basic facts and frequently asked questions about a career in NA.

    What is a nurse anesthetist?

    A Nurse Anesthetist (NA) is a specially educated advanced practice registered nurse who specializes in anesthesia. Upon completion of an accredited NA program and successfully passing a national certification exam, the Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist (SRNA) then becomes a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). CRNAs must follow practice guidelines set by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and often more specific hospital or clinic guidelines and protocols. Although providing anesthesia to patients who are undergoing surgical procedures is the primary role of CRNAs, they are often key assets in the perioperative process including education of patients, families and peers.

    Most nurse anesthetists are employed by hospitals, clinics, or physicians. Some are self-employed, in group practice, or in military service. Provision of 24-hour on-call service, ease of geographic mobility, opportunity to subspecialize, and good salaries are typical characteristics of employment.

    Can one acquire a degree in nurse anesthesia and live in Mississippi?

    Yes, the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the University of Alabama at Birmingham currently have an affiliation. This allows Mississippi residents to complete didactics in Birmingham and clinical training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

    • Accreditation: Effective Oct. 7, 2000, the program received 10 years full accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.
    • Credentials conferred: MNA Degree. The Master of Nurse Anesthesia is awarded by the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
    • Professional certification: Graduates can apply to take the certification examination administered by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists. Satisfactory performance on this examination is necessary to practice as a certified registered nurse anesthetist.
    • Length of study: Preprofessional phase – Nursing school to include prerequisite coursework; Professional phase in SHP – Seven semesters (27 consecutive months).
    • Program entrance date: Fall semester. 
    • Application deadline: Completed applications must be received by Oct. 1 preceding the expected date of enrollment. Deadline date may be extended by the admissions committee if warranted.