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Nurse Anesthesia: Clinical Sites

Located in the heart of Chattanooga, the MSN Nurse Anesthesia Program at UTC provides students the opportunity to complete their anesthesia coursework while also taking advantage of clinical rotations in several large hospitals in the region. Students will rotate to neighboring hospitals for a different perspective as they experience learning opportunities in cardiothoracic anesthesia and vascular anesthesia. The clinical program is closely monitored and evaluated with close communication between the School of Nursing faculty and all clinical preceptors at the various sites of rotation.

Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, TN

Erlanger Medical Center, the primary site in Chattanooga for training students in the field of nurse anesthesia, is the region’s Level-One Trauma Center for adults and, through Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, is also the region’s only pediatric hospital. Serving patients from 50 counties within a 150 mile radius of the hospital, Erlanger is the only provider of tertiary care for a four-state region encompassing southeast Tennessee, north Georgia, north Alabama, and western North Carolina.

The region’s only non-profit, academic medical center, Erlanger is affiliated with The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) School of Nursing and the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Through this partnership, students in the nurse anesthesia program receive a vast amount of clinical learning opportunities in many specialty areas, including pediatrics, neurosurgery, high risk and general obstetrics, and trauma. Nurse anesthesia students gain hands-on experience at Erlanger Baroness Campus, East Campus and Children's Hospital at Erlanger.

CHI Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, TN

CHI Memorial Hospital opened in 1952 under the operation of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and has achieved regional recognition as one of the most advanced medical facilities in the Southeast. Memorial was named one of the nation's "100 Top Hospitals" in 1998. The hospital was also selected as one of the nation's "100 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals" in 1999.

Memorial surgery facilities provide innovative, responsive and continually advancing resources for all specialties. Besides being noted as an excellent provider for heart surgery and Intensive Care Units, Memorial is also a leading provider of orthopedic procedures like sports medicine and joint replacement and is at the forefront in spinal procedures, being one of the few hospitals in the country to do endoscopic spinal fusions.

North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS

Our partnership with North Mississippi Medical Center (NMMC) is a collaborative initiative to provide an exceptional educational environment for educating Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). We provide an innovative means of attaining one’s education through the use of distance learning capabilities and simulation technology as well as hands-on nurse anesthesia experience through clinical rotations at NMMC.  

Tupelo’s nurse anesthesia students have the advantage of completing all their clinical requirements on one campus. With 35 surgical suites, and over 22,000 anesthetics given annually, there is a wealth of experience to be gained.

Why should you enroll in the MSN program at UTC/NMMC?

  • No Relocating

  • In-State Tuition

  • No Residency Competition

  • Full Accreditation

  • 100% pass rate on National Certification Examination

During the 27-month program, students attend the first three months (May-August) of classes on the UTC campus. The remaining coursework and clinicals are completed at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS.