FAQs

Do students get personal leave?

Each student receives 15 personal days in each clinical year for a total of 30 days for the program.  Personal days may be saved and carried into the second clinical year through December of the following (senior) year.  These days may be used for any purpose in which the student is absent (i.e.–sick, vacation, job interviews).  While attending TMC/UMKC during the first year, students are required to follow the vacation and holiday schedules of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Can a student be granted a leave of absence?

Leave of absence is granted only under exceptional circumstances.

Are holidays observed during the clinical practicums?

Seven holidays are observed by the School: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day (observed the day following Thanksgiving), Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Students scheduled to work on a holiday will receive an extra personal day off in lieu of the holiday worked.

Is health insurance available?

Truman Medical Center provides three different health plans and students may choose to purchase coverage for themselves, spouse or family members.

Is malpractice insurance provided?

Professional liability insurance coverage is provided by Truman Medical Center for all students during the program.

Is housing or transportation provided?

Housing and transportation are the responsibility of the student. Information regarding available housing in the area may be obtained by contacting the school office.

Are meals provided?

Students may purchase meals in the hospital employee cafeteria or the Blossom Café at reduced employee prices.

Is financial assistance available?

Financial assistance information is available through UMKC Financial Aid and Scholarships Department.

What time commitment should I expect?

Students will not be required to commit more than an average of 65 hours per week in didactic and/or clinical areas. This figure represents time for clinical practicum, classes, and preparation for class and clinical experience.

Will I take call?

Students are assigned to take call with a CRNA Instructor only following the completion of basic orientation. Students do not have clinical commitments on the day following call. Students are, however, required to attend any scheduled classes on their day off after call.

Can I work while I’m in nurse anesthesia school?

No student anesthetist, by position or responsibility, may be employed at any time to administer anesthesia, at any location, during the program. Part-time employment is strongly advised against and should not interfere with academic and clinical commitments. Students who have academic or clinical problems should not seek part-time employment as a nurse until such problems are resolved.

Do you accept transfer students?

We do not accept transfer students. Should one of our students wish to transfer from TMC/UMKC to another program, we will supply all the necessary records.

Is it possible that graduation may be deferred?

Deferred graduation will be considered whenever the student has not successfully completed the minimum clinical and didactic anesthesia requirements as defined by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

Why a DNP?

Completion of the DNP program encompasses the vision of the Institute of Medicine recommendations for future healthcare providers and advanced practice nurses. The degree is guided by the essential requirements set forth by the AACN, CCNE, and COA as essential for doctoral level education in advanced practice nurse anesthesia.

What is the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists?

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is the professional association representing nearly 47,000 nurse anesthetists.

Is there a state association for nurse anesthetists?

Yes each state has a professional association. Information can be found on the Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists website.

How is the job market?

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