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The Division of Anesthesia for Nurses at the Medical University of South Carolina offers a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) degree upon completion. The first 18 months are primarily online/classroom instruction that support the students’ acquisition of basic and advanced anesthesia skills necessary for the safe administration of anesthesia. Students learn and practice clinical skills using both low and high-fidelity simulation. Junior clinical days are incorporated during the two semesters preceding full-time clinical rotations.  During the next 18 months, students are immersed in the clinical area where they administer anesthesia to all types of patients and in all types of practice settings. Students are evaluated on their ability to integrate didactic knowledge into clinical practice, demonstrate critical thinking skills, and select appropriate interventions for perioperative patient management.

Through our variety of clinical sites, AFN students have opportunities to administer anesthesia to complicated pediatric and adult patients in large academic medical centers as well as to patients of all ages in community hospitals and rural independent CRNA practices. Students also obtain extensive hands-on clinical experiences in administering many types of regional anesthesia.

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