The US Army has prepared top quality Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) for nearly 50 years. The US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing (USAGPAN) graduates began earning a Masters Degree through University-based affiliations in 1981. The USAGPAN produces the majority of the active duty Army CRNAs and provides specialized training in field anesthesia to ensure that graduates are qualified to deploy in times of war, civil disorder, natural disasters or for humanitarian missions.
Successful completion of this 36 month program now culminates in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing and qualification to take the Certification Exam for Nurse Anesthetists. The initial didactic portion of the training is conducted at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.
The USAGPAN provides student instruction in a manner that encourages independent thought and critical decision-making. Army nurse anesthetists are often sole anesthesia providers and have to rely on their skills and training in stressful environments. The USAGPAN is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).
The US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing mission is to produce clinicians, educated in the complexity of practice at the doctoral level and competent in the unique skills of anesthesia nursing. The graduate nurse anesthetist is prepared to function as a leader advocating for quality patient care in time of peace, and when necessary, in time of war, civil disorder, natural disaster or humanitarian missions.