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Nurse Anesthesia Student Handbook 2013-2014


The ODU Nurse Anesthesia program is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

Applications will be accepted from prospective students who are graduates of any Commission on Collegiate Nurse Education (CCNE) or Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN, formerly NLNAC) accredited nursing program. However, priority for admissions will be given to qualified applicants whose degrees were conferred by institutions with regional accreditation (i.e. SACS).

The application deadline for Summer 2015 is October 1, 2014.

The School of Nursing will be transitioning from the Nurse Anesthesia masters (MSN) curriculum to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) curriculum beginning in Summer 2015, pending approval by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs’ contact information may be found below:

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)
222 S. Prospect Ave
Park Ridge, IL, 60068-4001
Main Number: 847-655-1160
Fax: 847-692-7137
Email: Accreditation@coa.us.com”

Chair:  Dr. Karen Karlowicz
Nurse Anesthesia Program Director: Nathaniel M. Apatov, MSN,PhD, CRNA, napatov@odu.edu
Nurse Anesthesia Assistant Program Director:  Karen E. Gillikin,MSNA,CRNA, kgilliki@odu.edu

Once thought to be the best kept secret in nursing, nurse anesthesia is now being recognized for its contribution to safe, cost effective quality patient care. Nurse anesthesia was the first advance practice role as a clinical nursing specialty. Nurse anesthetists have been administering anesthetics for more than 100 years. Today, more than 25,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA's) administer more than 65% of the 26 million anesthetics given in the US. CRNA's are the sole provider's in 85% of rural settings.

Old Dominion University, School of Nursing's Nurse Anesthesia Program was established in 1995 when two Norfolk, Virginia, Schools of Nurse Anesthesia merged to form a university-based program. DePaul Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia, which was established in 1949, and the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia, which was established in 1951, agreed to merge into a single program based within the School of Nursing at Old Dominion University. The program was recently accredited until 2014.

Currently the Master's of Science Nurse Anesthesia Program is one of several graduate roles within the School of Nursing. The program prepares the RN holding a baccalaureate degree to earn a Master's degree in Nursing and sit for the National Certification Examination for nurse anesthesia. For more information on the program click on the "Additional Information" link at the top of this page. For application information, please contact Anesthesia at (757) 368-4171, or 1-800-572-2762 or email napatov@odu.edu