Course Descriptions

Core Courses (offered at Nazareth Hospital)

GRA    500  Orientation to Study and Practice of Anesthesia (4005) - 3 credits

A broadly based orientation is provided to ease beginning students into the clinical area. The course includes introduction to professional aspects, ethics, psychology/sociology, department management, legal aspects, and history of anesthesia. Basic anesthesia principles include the following: anesthesia-related equipment and care, preoperative assessment, IV techniques, airway management and ventilation, patient positioning, and management of regional anesthesia.

GRA    510  Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology in Anesthesia I (3505) - 4 credits

This course addresses Cardiovascular System I and Respiratory System I, including airway management. Beginning with cellular anatomy and physiology, the course evolves to provide a comprehensive base to aid students in health assessment and management of the anesthetic patient. The course in addition addresses airway management protocol and algorithms.

GRA    520  Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology in Anesthesia II (4105) - 4 credits

The following systems are studied during this advanced course, preparing the student for increasingly difficult clinical experiences: Cardiovascular II, Respiratory II, Endocrine, Renal and the Central Nervous systems.

GRA    530  Chemistry and Physics I (3515) - 1 credit

An introduction for beginning students to principles of inorganic chemistry as they apply to anesthetic management. Emphasis is placed on the application of gas laws and principles of physics as these apply to anesthesia practice and as they relate specifically to the engineering of the anesthesia delivery system.

GRA    540  Chemistry and Physics of Anesthesia II and III (4155) - 2 credits

A continuation of the study of chemistry and physics as applied to anesthesia. This includes gas laws, cellular physiology and metabolism, and the management of fluid therapy of the patient in the perioperative period.

GRA    550  Pharmacology I (3525) - 2 credits

An introduction to pharmacology of anesthetic agents and medications used in the perioperative area. In addition the course covers the principles and application of inhalation and regional anesthesia.

GRA    560  Pharmacology II (4185) - 3 credits

An advanced study of the biokinetics of anesthetic agents and adjunct drugs. The autonomic nervous system is further explored in depth.

GRA    600 Advanced Principles of Practice (4305) - 4 credits

An in-depth study of the clinical application of theoretical knowledge in relation to the management of patients undergoing specialty surgery-ENT, Orthopedics, Cardiothoracic, Geriatrics, Trauma, Neuro, Obstetrics, and Pediatrics.

GRA    700  Clinical Practicum (4995) - 9 credits

Clinical applications of theoretical knowledge in hands-on experience with patients.

GRA    710  Thesis/ Project (4365) - 1 credit

The students explore an anesthesia-related topic of choice in the form of an independent project. The projects take many forms and are developed in conjunction with the input and approval of the directors.