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NKU developing Nurse Anesthesia Program

Program will launch in 2017

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (May 19, 2016) — Northern Kentucky University is developing a Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP) that will help fill the local and national shortage of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).

The program was developed by Dr. William Terry Ray, former director of the University of Cincinnati Nurse Anesthesia Major. Dr. Ray will direct the program, which is expected to launch in May 2017 with applications for admission accepted beginning June 1.

The Nurse Anesthesia Program, as designed, is a 36-month (106 semester hours) curriculum culminating in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) nurse anesthesia specialization with a population focus of the family/individual across a lifespan.

Graduates will be eligible for the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) National Certification Exam (NCE) and to assume the role of an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

Murray State University is the only school in Kentucky that currently offers the program.

NKU’s program will also partner with regional healthcare providers such as St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Good Samaritan Hospital, Bethesda North Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and others for clinical practice.