Master of Science in Biological Sciences: Anesthesia

31-33 credits

Coordinator: Ruth Rollin

Program Rationale:
The MS Biological Sciences: Anesthesia Program is designed for registered nurses who wish to become nurse anesthetists and to expand their background in the areas of biology specific to their disciplines.

Program Learning Outcomes:
Graduate students will:

  • demonstrate a thorough understanding of physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, immunology, and the anesthesia-specific areas of patient safety, anesthetic management, and professional role;
  • describe scientific methodology and conduct experiments;
  • be able to read and comprehend primary literature;
  • deliver effective oral presentations (poster or PowerPoint); and
  • effectively communicate on research in written format.

Course and Capstone Requirements:

Major Field Requirements (21 credits):
BIO 500Seminar in Biology I2
BIO 517Human Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology6
BIO 518Pathophysiology and Applied Physiology3
BIO 519Advanced Neuroscience3
BIO 525Advanced Physical Health Assessment for Nurse Anesthetists3
BIO 528Pharmacology4
BIO 530Immunology3
CHEM 550Basic Organic and Biological Chemistry3
Clinical Practicum (1000 hours of clinical practicum and is 17 months in length):
ACP 500Basic Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
ACP 501Anesthesia Clinical Practicum
ACP 502Anesthesia Clinical Practicum
ACP 503Anesthesia Clinical Practicum
ACP 504Anesthesia Clinical Practicum
ACP 505Anesthesia Clinical Practicum
Research (4-6 credits):
Plan A: Capstone:
BIO 598Research in Biology3
BIO 599Thesis and thesis defense3
Plan B: Capstone:
BIO 590Focused Study in Advanced Biology1-4
BIO 598Research in Biology3
Comprehensive exam

Note to prospective anesthesia students: The student must be a licensed registered nurse and satisfactorily complete the program of study in anesthesia at an affiliated hospital-based school of nurse anesthesia which includes 1000 hours of clinical practicum and is 17 months in length. The practicum starts the second summer in the program.  To start the clinical practicum you must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 with no grade lower than C in any course and no more than two grades of C/C+ in courses in the Planned Program.  Students resigning from or dismissed from the clinical portion of the M.S. Biological Sciences: Anesthesia Program cannot continue in the M.S. Biological Sciences: Anesthesia Program but may be eligible to change to a different master's degree program. Students not requesting the change of major and receiving approval for that change will be dismissed by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.  Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to one of the following affiliated schools:

New Britain School of Nurse Anesthesia, New Britain, CT: Greg Fauteux, M.D., medical director, and Joan Dobbins, M.S., CRNA, program director.

Hartford Nurse Anesthesia Program, Hartford, CT: Kenneth Wells, M.D., medical director, Program of Nurse Anesthesia; and Joan Dobbina, M.S., CRNA, program director.

Hospital of St. Raphael, New Haven, CT: Denisa Lujic, M.D. and Rocco Marando, M.D., medical advisors; and Marianne Cosgrove, M.S., CRNA, DNAP, program director.

Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island School of Nurse Anesthesia, Pawtucket, R.I.: Peter Baziotis, M.D., medical director; and Mark Foster, M.A., CRNA, program director.


Note: Additional work, as described in the course syllabi, will be required for graduate credit in 400-level courses. Students may take no more than nine credits of 400-level courses.

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