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CRNA Training Program

North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo has a rich history of training students in the field of nurse anesthesia, providing a well-rounded clinical experience since 1993. Since 2003, NMMC has served as a primary clinical training site of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for the training of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists.

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

To be eligible for the CRNA training program, students must first have a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and two years of critical care experience.

The campus consists of three anesthetizing locations:

  • North Mississippi Medical Center: The flagship hospital of a regional health care organization, a 650-bed regional referral center. NMMC is the largest non-metropolitan hospital in the United States.
  • North Mississippi Ambulatory Surgery Center: Providing ambulatory experience in ENT, orthopedic, ophthalmology, pedodontics, plastics and urology for children and adults.
  • NMMC Women's Hospital: Providing gynecological and obstetric anesthesia experience, including considerable epidural and spinal opportunities.

NMMC offers anesthesia experience for more than a dozen surgical sub-specialties. Specialty rotations are offered in cardiovascular, neuro, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology and general/vascular anesthesia. In addition, ample opportunity is available for non-O.R. procedures, including anesthesia for radiology, gastrointestinal and electrophysiology lab procedures.

With approximately 1,000 open heart anesthetics performed annually, students obtain a wealth of experience in placing and monitoring invasive lines. Epidural and spinal experience is easily obtained during the obstetrics/gynecology rotation. Thanks to NMMC's distance learning technology, students "attend" class with their cohorts 300 miles away in Chattanooga, Tenn. They meet together in a designated classroom, equipped with state-of-the-art videoconferencing equipment, which allows them to ask questions and join discussions with their colleagues in Chattanooga.

For more information on the NMMC-Tupelo clinical training site, please contact:

Summer Swinney, CRNA
Clinical Coordinator
P. O. Box 3294
Tupelo, MS 38803