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Baptist Health Deaconess / Murray State University Program of Anesthesia

The Baptist Health Deaconess / Murray State University Program of Anesthesia offers a graduate degree in nurse anesthesia as a collaborative effort between Baptist Health Deaconess and Murray State University. The program is dedicated to graduating nurse anesthetists of the highest professional competence to promote access to care in underserved areas of the Commonwealth.

The Program provides didactic and clinical education to carefully selected RN/BSN students to complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) curriculum, in order to qualify for the Certification Examination offered by the National Board for Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists. The curriculum and clinical experience prepares graduates to assume entry-level positions in a wide variety of clinical settings as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).


Class of 2018

The Kentucky Program of Anesthesia officially opened with the first class of six nurse anesthesia students in August 1992. The educational program operated at the certificate level during the initial classes. In 1994, Murray State University and Trover Health System collaborated to offer a Master’s of Science in Nursing Degree Program, Nurse Anesthesia specialty. The name of the program was changed to Trover Health System/Murray State University Program of Anesthesia, and more recently to the Baptist Health Deaconess / Murray State University Program of Anesthesia, as Trover Health System partnered with Baptist Health in September 2012. The program has advanced to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with the first class of doctorally prepared nurse anesthesia students graduating in August 2017. The program offers an integrated didactic and clinical experience in a 36 month, 84-credit hour BSN-DNP curriculum.


Anesthesia Graduates 3Two Kentucky locations, in Madisonville and Lexington, serve as classroom and clinical sites for the program’s primary educational experiences. Baptist Health Deaconess in Madisonville and UK Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington, KY provide foundational clinical opportunities during the entire second year of the program.  For the final year, senior students are assigned to advanced clinical affiliate rotation experiences, offered by more than 18 clinical affiliates to provide focused training in cardiac, neuro, regional, pediatric, neonatal, and obstetric anesthesia, as well as experience in a variety of urban and rural settings.

The Baptist Health Deaconess / Murray State UniversityAnesthesia Graduates 2 Program of Anesthesia has received full accreditation status from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Murray State University DNP program is accredited by the Council on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Anesthesia Graduates 1For additional information, please visit the Murray State Web site or email Darlena Jones, DNP, APRN, CRNA.

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