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JSNA academic calendar is semester based with a full semester starting in September and ending in December. Semester two starts in January and ends in May. Summer sessions are predominantly clinical. Major examinations are held at the end of the Basic Sciences and at the end of the final year.
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Currently, this 32 months programme leads to a Diploma in Nurse Anaesthesia and is divided into three phases. The programme consists of an initial didactic phase of ten months, a clinical and didactic phase lasting 16 months and an internship period of six months. Part of semester two and all of semester three are 60% didactics and 40% clinical. Semester four to six are 90% clinical and 10% didactic, and the period of internship is 95% clinical.

The programme exceeds the number of courses and hours required for a Masters degree. The didactic classes are arranged to allow group study and patient/student activity. In the clinical phases students are assigned to one of the eight affiliate hospitals. The students are rotated in these affiliations on a six week roster.
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#Programme of study
The programme of study equips students to administer cost - effective anaesthesia care of a high standard and allows for career mobility within the multidisciplinary health caresystem. The didactic curriclum offers a diploma, governed by
the national and international standards,and provides students with the scientific, clinical nad professional foundation upon which to build sound and safe clinical practice.
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  • Scientific Foundation:
    Scientific Foundation:
    An introduction to the scientific principles and concepts related to the practice of nurse anaesthesia. The course components include structural activity and relationship of drugs, physics and measurement related to gas flows, the anaesthetic machine and other components of the anaesthesia systems; electricity and laser organic and inorganic chemistry. Advanced study of physiology and pathophysiology as relate to the practice of anaesthesia.
  • Advanced Nursing Practice:
    Advanced Nursing Practice:
    Orientation to a wide range of areas that relate to the practice of nurse anaesthesia includes professional adjustments, ethical principles and concepts, legal aspects, history of anaesthesia and nurse anaesthesia, the professional organization, quality assurance and safety management, organizational management.
  • Basic Principles of Anaesthesia Practice:
    Basic Principles of Anaesthesia Practice:
    Concepts of the perioperative management and assessment of the patient undergoing anaesthesia. This course includes patient positioning, use of monitoring devices, airway management, record keeping, venipuncture, informed consent, stages of anaesthesia and fluid management and patient safety.
  • Advanced Principles of Anaesthesia Practice:
    Advanced Principles of Anaesthesia Practice:
    A study of perioperative management of the patient undergoing anaesthesia. Topics in this module include the assessment and management of the geriatrics, paediatrics, obstetric, E.N.T., neurosurgical, regional anaesthesia, outpatient anaesthesia, anaesthesia complications, disease and anaesthesia, post anaesthesia care, physiotherapy, ICU. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Basic Principles.
  • Research Methodology:
    Research Methodology:
    An introduction to anaesthesia research, examine research design, data collection, measurement, sampling, analysis and presentation of results. Each student develop a research proposal to be presented.
  • Clinical Anaesthesia Practicum:
    Clinical Anaesthesia Practicum:
    Clinical study in the art and practice of administration of anaesthesia at the clinical affiliations. Emphasis is placed in general, gynaecological, orthopedics and abdominal surgery. The student is supervised on a 1:1 ratio. Patient centered conferences are held with the clinical instructor prior to and after completion of the daily schedule. Clinical conferences are held on a weekly basis (clinical practice three days weekly).
  • Clinical Anaesthesia Practicum II:
    Clinical Anaesthesia Practicum II:
    This is a continuation of practicum I with specific emphasis on theoretical and clinical aspects of anaesthesia management of patients in obstetrics, emergency, ENT, paediatrics, ASA, physical status III and IV. Clinical conferences are held on a weekly basis. (Urology, geriatrics, regional, and autonomy are encouraged in patient management. (Clinical practice three days per week).
  • Clinical Anaesthesia Practicum III:
    Clinical Anaesthesia Practicum III:
    This is a continuation of practicum II with emphasis on theory and practice of anaesthesia for patients receiving anaesthesia for procedures classified neurosurgical, thoracic, newborn, cardiovascular and facio-maxilla. Clinical conferences are held twice monthly. Students are allowed some autonomy in patient management. Final exams are held at the end of this block. Clinical practice five days weekly.
  • Clinical Anaesthesia Practicum IV:
    Clinical Anaesthesia Practicum IV:
    This covers the internship period of six months, and is a continuation of practicum III with emphasis on the development of the independent practitioner. Submission of research paper and clinical practice five days per week.
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