Instructional Methods for Human Anatomy and Cell Biology in Nurse Anesthesia Graduate Programs: A Survey with a Focus on Regional Anesthesia
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Advanced anatomy instruction is required in nurse anesthesia programs by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs COA. This study provides a descriptive analysis on how anatomy is taught in nurse anesthesia programs in the United States with special emphasis on regional anesthesia. A survey consisting of 18 questions regarding anatomy course curriculum and regional anesthesia training was mailed to the nurse anesthesia programs n87 accredited by the COA. Supporting evidence for content validity and reliability was obtained. A total of 78 programs 90 responded to the survey. The majority of programs 49 63 teach a specific course in human anatomy with 14 18 of those programs teaching a combined anatomy and physiology course. The mean hours spent in lecture was 5 hours per week. More variability in the lab hours existed with a range of 0-20 hours, a mode of 0 hours, and a mean of 2 hours per week. Twenty-two 28 of the programs use human specimens with 10 13 using prosected specimens, 2 3 using dissection only, and 10 13 using a combination of both. Of the programs using human specimens, 17 22 have instructors demonstrate regional anesthetic techniques in situ, and 3 4 of the programs afford the students the opportunity to practice regional anesthetic techniques on the specimens. Computer assisted instruction CAI is used by 14 18 of the programs with many more planning to incorporate this new technique in the near future. With such disparity among programs, a need for further investigation regarding the efficacy of different instructional techniques is warranted.
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