FAQs

Do students get personal leave?

During the first year of the program, students are required to follow the vacation and holiday schedules of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  Each student receives 10 personal days in each clinical year (years 2 and 3) for a total of 20 days for the program.  These days may be used for any purpose in which the student is absent (i.e.–sick, vacation, job interviews).  In addition to the personal days, 7 holidays are observed each year.  For details, see FAQ “Are holidays observed during the clinical practicums?”.  All students are allowed up to 7 professional days to attend national professional meetings, medical missions, and other pre-approved professional activities.

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.  However, for clinical affiliate rotations greater than 60 miles from TMC Hospital Hill, housing will be provided for the student.

Are meals provided?

Students may purchase meals in the hospital employee cafeteria 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 64 hours per week.  This time commitment includes the sum of the hours spent in class and all clinical hours.

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?

TMC does accept transfer students from other anesthesia programs. Should a TMC student wish to transfer to another program, all necessary records will be remitted upon proper request.

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.

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