About The Nurse Anesthesia Program
Decatur Memorial Hospital Nurse Anesthesia Program began educating Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists in 1965 to address the shortage of nurse anesthetists and improve recruitment efforts of the hospital. The nurse anesthesia program has evolved throughout its existence to meet the needs and expectations of our students, the nurse anesthesia profession, and requirements for continued accreditation.
Decatur Memorial Hospital partnered with Millikin University in the summer of 2010 to launch The Millikin University and Decatur Memorial Hospital Nurse Anesthesia Program. The nurse anesthesia program is the first track within the Millikin University School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Coursework prepares qualified, experienced Registered Nurses in the Advanced Practice Nursing specialty of nurse anesthesia. A strong emphasis is placed upon performance learning opportunities focusing on advanced knowledge and technical skills required for unrestricted nurse anesthesia practice. The most recent class completed the program in May 2013. All graduates passed the National Certification on the initial attempt and all graduates who passed the exam are employed. The graduation rate was 92% (12/13). The first cohort will graduate from The Millikin University and Decatur Memorial Hospital Nurse Anesthesia Program in December 2013.
- The Nurse Anesthesia Program is an 88-credit, 36 month full-time course of study culminating in the DPN degree.
Once the anesthesia practicum courses begin, the student does not follow the traditional university semester calendar. Each practicum course is continuous with the next practicum and with vacation and holiday time appropriately allocated to the individual student.
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2300 North Edward Street
Decatur, Illinois 62526