Established in 1990, Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia was founded through the cooperative efforts of Rex Healthcare, WakeMed Raleigh, and Duke Raleigh Hospital due to the growing need of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) in North Carolina.
RSNA’s 36-month clinical and didactic curriculum offers students the opportunity to develop into safe and competent CRNA’s by providing a course of study that encourages lifelong learning in the practice of nurse anesthesia. The didactic and clinical education that the student receives throughout the program will prepare them to take the national board certification exam administered by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) to be come a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.
Participating clinical sites are located throughout the state of North Carolina and offer our students exposure to, but not limited to: general anesthesia, monitored anesthesia care, regional anesthesia and pain management. Specialty anesthesia rotations in obstetrics, pediatrics, cardiac, and neurosurgery ranging from routine to complex and covering all ages will prepare the students to practice in a wide range of specialties.
RSNA is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA, 222 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068; 847-655-1160; http://home.coa.us.com). In May, 2012, RSNA received a 10-year continuation of accreditation through May, 2022, the maximum accreditation period attainable through COA. RSNA has been approved by the COA to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.
For the graduating class of 2016, the certification examination pass rate for first time test takers was 80%. The pass rate, for this cohort, for the second time test takers was 100%. At this time, all graduates are employed. The class of 2016 graduated 35 students after admitting 37students in August, 2014.