Western Carolina University produces the highest quality graduates
by Mason McDowell
Disclosure: Im a faculty member at WCU so you could say i have a bias... so here are some details about Western Carolina University to help you compare with another program.
When searching for a nurse anesthesia program, ask yourself what attributes are most important and then see if Western Carolina University meets your needs:
-Small class size (typically 14 students)
-Board Passing rates 100% for all graduates, ~93% first time taker (class of 13 students with 1 requiring a retest)
-Brand new location, state of the art classrooms and Human Patient Simulation Lab
-Average number of anesthetic cases at graduation: ~895
-Dedicated rotations in cardiac, OB, vascular and exposure to all specialties
-NO competition at any clinical site with other anesthesia learners
-9 clinical sites (all within 80 minutes of school, most within 40 minutes)
-Ability to train in ACT model and in CRNA only practices
-Regional anesthesia training with Ultrasound in clinical practice (single shot PNB and indwelling interscalene and femoral nerve catheters)
-Central line and arterial line insertion with Ultrasound in clinical practice
-Student travel to State & National meetings, including research presentations
-WCU has won the State Anesthesia Bowl 3 of last 4 years
-Opportunity for international training (anesthesia mission trips)
-All faculty members have an earned doctorate (or in process)
-Faculty published and invited to speak nationally and internationally
-ALL faculty members practice clinical anesthesia
-100% of graduates (surveyed annually) since program inception would recommend WCU and would attend WCU again!
Visit the Western Carolina University Nurse Anesthesia Program website and see why I am so proud of our accomplishments!