Midwestern University Nurse Anesthesia Program

The Midwestern University Nurse Anesthesia Program

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Photos from Midwestern University Nurse Anesthesia Program's post 01/29/2024

Midwestern University Nurse Anesthesia Classes of 2025 and 2026 spent CRNA Week at the AZ Capitol learning the legislative process and advocating for CRNAs! AZANA Arizona Association of Nurse Anesthesiology
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In honor of Veterans Week, we recognize Captain David Good, DNP, CRNA, Assistant Professor in our Midwestern University Nurse Anesthesia Program. He currently serves in the United States Public Health Service, balancing teaching students with active-duty obligations and deployments. https://ow.ly/JkpJ50Q6af5

Q. Why did you choose to serve, and how did that influence your journey into healthcare?
I grew up in an extremely underserved area. The USPHS’ mission is to care for the underserved and vulnerable populations. This mission is originally what drew me to the service. When Hurricane Katrina made landfall, I saw how the USPHS was involved in caring for disaster victims, and it gave me another reason to join. Through the USPHS, I have been able to deploy to almost every major healthcare disaster since 2005.

How does MWU support active service members and veterans?
MWU has been extremely supportive of my service. The University has provided a schedule that accommodates my active-duty obligations and deployments. In addition, the experience and knowledge I gained at MWU is carried over to my job as a clinician with the USPHS. In a sense, MWU’s support is bettering the lives of the vulnerable patients I serve as an Officer.

Q. What do you hope students learn from your classes?
Student nurse anesthetists have the tendency to separate information into distinct and separate topics. In other words, they learn anatomy as one topic separate from biochemistry, and biochemistry as a separate topic from pharmacology. In my classes, I hope to bridge each student’s knowledge of these topics with the bigger picture in mind and then teach them how to apply that in the clinical setting.

We can’t control every outcome in healthcare. However, if we commit ourselves to evidence-based practice, we can reduce the number of poor outcomes.


🎓 Congratulations Nurse Anesthesia Class of 2023!!!!🎉 We are so proud of your hard work and dedication, now get out there and celebrate… and then get ready for boards.


Welcome to campus Class of 2025, let’s talk anesthesia!

Photos from Midwestern University Nurse Anesthesia Program's post 05/17/2023

It’s time to celebrate the MWU Nurse Anesthesia Class of 2024 as they have now successfully completed the didactic portion of their journey!!! 🎉 Now it’s off to clinicals so they can show off their skills; we miss you already!

Photos from Midwestern University Nurse Anesthesia Program's post 10/22/2022

TEEs anyone?! These students had the opportunity to come in on their day off to play (and learn) with these Transesophageal Echocardiogram expert CRNAs. One of the numerous reasons our students (and local CRNAs) love the Midwestern University Nurse Anesthesia Program is our large simulation lab packed with state of the art anesthesia equipment!


Here we go DNAP class of 2025, welcome to Midwestern University! Dr. Vincent Ford is ready to start this orientation day with you!


Have you considered starting your doctoral journey? Join us for the upcoming cohort that starts 8/29/2022! We offer expert mentoring and flexibility with the doctoral project of your choosing. Midwestern will only be offering this program for a few more years. Contact Lee Ranalli today- [email protected] 😀

Photos from Midwestern University Nurse Anesthesia Program's post 06/30/2022

On June 16, Midwestern University welcomed 48 high school students to campus for a morning of hands-on healthcare lab activities. In collaboration with the University of Arizona, these students (all juniors) are getting a head start in their college careers by participating in Med-Start, a program that exposes students to the many possibilities of a career in healthcare. The group participated in introductory activities for four different healthcare careers.
The final stop of the day was in the nurse anesthesia lab, where Rodney Fisher, Ph.D., CRNA, Program Director, Nurse Anesthesia; Angela Burgess, D.N.A.P. CRNA, M.S.N., Assistant Professor, Nurse Anesthesia; and David Good, DNP, CRNA, M.S.N., Assistant Professor, Nurse Anesthesia; Lee Ranalli, DNP, CRNA, Associate Professor, Nurse Anesthesia; and Melissa Renalli, DNP, CRNA, M. S. N., Assistant Program Director, Nurse Anesthesia, provided an in-depth overview of the career. Students learned how to intubate a mannequin, check vital signs, monitor airways, and use ultrasound tools. The best part was that they all got hands-on experience with the many tools a nurse anesthesiologist uses on a daily basis.

Photos from Midwestern University Nurse Anesthesia Program's post 04/28/2021

Yesterday, Midwestern administered its 10,000th (!!!) vaccine dose! The Nurse Anesthesia Program (faculty and students) was honored to be asked to volunteer our services to help achieve this goal.😎


Midwestern University is expanding their graduate nursing programs! Do you have a colleague that may be interested?

Midwestern University is pleased to offer new graduate nursing programs at the Glendale, Arizona campus. Please visit our program webpages at https://www.midwestern.edu/nursing.xml to learn more!

We are pleased to support new applicants by waiving the application fees for admissions year 2021-2022. Please apply by July 1, 2021 for Fall 2021 admission directly through the Midwestern University website www.midwestern/admissions/apply.xml or NursingCAS www.nursingcas.org.

For more information, please contact Misty L. Pagán, D.N.P., APRN, AGNP-C, Program Director at [email protected], or our Admissions team at [email protected] or 623-572-3215.


It is a beautiful day to become a CRNA!


Current SRNA Rikysha discusses why she opted to join the Midwestern University Nurse Anesthesia Program. She is an excellent SRNA and we are grateful she selected us!


Current Midwestern SRNA describes why she opted to join our program! We are beyond proud of the strong work our students do!


Are you a Critical Care Nurse interested in advancing your career? As a Nurse Anesthetist, you will be part of tomorrow's healthcare team in rural and urban hospitals, same-day surgery centers, doctors' offices, and pain clinics. At Midwestern University, we will provide you with the knowledge and skills that will be the foundation of a patient-centered career.


What is a CRNA? CRNAs are highly educated APRNs who increase access to safe, cost-effective anesthesia care in a variety of settings throughout the country.


To be considered for admission to the Nurse Anesthesia Program:

* Minimum GPA 3.00
* Minimum science GPA 3.00 (anatomy, phys., pharm., chemistry, physics, and microbiology)
* BSN (accredited program)
* C or better in all prerequisites
* Unrestricted RN license
* Minimum 1 year ICU experience (Adult ICUs, PICU, ER-NO NICU)
* Experience with vasoactive medications, mechanical ventilation, invasive monitors
* Understanding of and interest in nurse anesthesia
* Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with faculty, patients, and colleagues.

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