EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – The University of Evansville’s new Nurse Anesthesia program will begin in January 2021 pending accreditation, the university announced on Tuesday.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA’s) have been providing care in the US for more than 150 years.
In September 2019, Melissa Fitch, CRNA, DNP, was hired as the founding administrator for the program.
“I’m excited to share my knowledge and love for this practice with the next generation of nurse anesthetists,” said Fitch. “Numerous healthcare facilities in Evansville and the surrounding communities have already signed clinical agreements with us and are ready to welcome CRNA students into their practices.”
The first group of 16 students will begin in January 2021, pending accreditation. The program lasts three year.
Applications should open in Fall 2020.
People interested in the program can start preparing now.
Here are the admission requirements:
• Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited nursing program
• One full year of intensive care experience in the ICU or CCU
• CCRN not required, but strongly preferred
• 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA
• 3.0 undergraduate GPA in science-specific areas of study
• Have at least two separate anesthetist shadow experiences
(This story was originally published on September 24, 2019)