Graduate Certificate in Advanced Pain Management


Advanced Pain Management

An innovative advanced pain management certificate for certified registered nurse anesthetist providers.

  • Convenient online program with a 3-day on campus clinical experience
  • Four sequential courses over two consecutive semesters
  • Utilizes evidence-based guidelines in understanding and treating both acute & chronic pain
  • Concept of pain beyond traditional views of interpretation and modulation of nociceptive impulses

Advisor/Contact:

John Maye, PhD, CRNA, Professor
Adv. Pain Mgmt. Education Coordinator

Susan Bucciero, MFA
Academic Svcs. Administrator


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>> Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2018!

(Please Note: Fall 2017 is Closed)

Course Location/Delivery

The Certificate program is online and requires a three day simulation/cadaver experience at USF CAMLS in Tampa, FL.

The Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), is a 90,000 square foot, state-of-the-art, facility with every possible form of health professional education and training, for individuals and teams.

Course Sequence

(Class size limited to 30 students yearly)
  • NGR 6470 Assessment and Psychology of Pain (Spring Enrollment)
  • NGR 6471 Concepts of Pain Pathophysiology (Fall Enrollment)
  • NGR 6472 Pharmacology of Pain Management (Fall Enrollment)
  • NGR 6473 Interventional Procedures/Simulation in Pain Management (Spring Enrollment)

Program Overview

“Pain is a complex phenomenon mediated through mechanisms that involve more than the traditional view of tissue damage. Traditional views of aligning pain only with tissue damaging stimuli are limiting and may be the driving force behind economic costs associated with the treatment of pain to be estimated at $560-635 billion annually. CRNA's who enroll in the advanced pain management program at the University of South Florida will be presented with a challenging curriculum intended to transform traditional views and provide the knowledge and skills necessary to vastly improve the treatment of pain.”

  • Curriculum

    This highly innovative on-line program consists of four courses to be delivered sequentially over two consecutive semesters. The concepts presented in each course will establish a framework of knowledge intended to impart the certified registered nurse anesthetist with the necessary background to understand and treat pain utilizing effective and relevant evidence based guidelines.

    The curriculum in each course will address the concept of pain beyond the traditional views of interpretation and modulation of nociceptive impulses. Pain evolves not only from tissue damaging stimuli, but may also serve as a consequence of the way stress, sleep, and central autonomic nervous system tone affect brain function.

    Course Number

    Course Name

    Credit Hours

    Modules

    NGR 6470 (Spring Enrollment)

    Assessment and Psychology of Pain (online)

    3

    • Advanced Pain Physical Assessment: Performing an Advanced Pain Assessment Physical Assessment
    • Assessment and Interpretation of Diagnostic and Radiologic Studies
    • Comprehending Psychiatric Pain Associated Co-morbidity and Addiction
    • Prevention Strategies for the Reduction of Post-Surgical Pain
    • Assessment Diagnosis and Treatment of Pain Associated with Musculoskeletal Conditions
    • Assessment Diagnosis and Treatment of Headache and Facial Pain
    • Assessment Diagnosis and Treatment of Pain Associated with Neuropathic Conditions
    • Evaluating Pain Relief Measures in Clinical Practice

    NGR 6471 (Fall Enrollment)

    Concepts of Pain Pathophysiology (online)

    3

    • Basic Mechanisms of Pain Part I
    • Basic Mechanisms of Pain Part II
    • Phases of Pain
    • Common Neuropathic Pain Syndromes
    • Commonly Encountered Painful Conditions
    • Genetics of Pain
    • Interdisciplinary Pain Management
    • End of Life Care Pain Management

    NGR 6472 (Fall Enrollment)

    Pharmacology of Pain Management (online)

    3

    • Pharmacology of Pain Management: Relationship of the Neurophysiology of Pain and Appropriate Pharmacological Management for Patients.
    • Mechanisms of Analgesia and Clinical Indications for the use of Opioids in Pain Management
    • Mechanisms of Analgesia and Clinical Indications for the use of Antipyretic Analgesics, Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs, Cyclooxygenase Inhibitors, and Corticosteroids.
    • Mechanisms of Analgesia and Clinical Indications for the use of Antidepressant, Muscle Relaxants and Anticonvulsant Medications for Pain Management
    • Mechanisms of Analgesia and Clinical Indications for the use of Topical Agents and Local Anesthetics for Pain Management
    • Mechanisms of Analgesia and Clinical Indications for the use of Complementary and Integrative Pain Management Treatments
    • Multimodal Therapeutic Regimens for Pain Management: Combining Pharmaceutical Agents with Complimentary Pain Management Strategies
    • Wellness and Professional Responsibilities for the Health Care Provider: Principles of Opioid Addiction and Detoxification

    NGR 6473C* (Spring Enrollment)

    Interventional Procedures/Simulations in Pain Management

    *Please Note:

    • Partially online; student must come to campus for a weekend simulation activity at the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation – CAMLS.
    • Student must have taken NGR 6470 & 6471 before enrolling in the class.

    3

    • Radiation Safety
    • Transitioning from Evaluation to Intervention
    • Performing Injections of Joints, Bursas, Muscle and Fascial Planes with and without Ultrasound
    • Acute Pain Management with the Use of Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia
    • Interventional Procedures for Treating Pain in Cervical and Thoracic Spine
    • Interventional Procedures for Treating Pain in the Lumbar Spine
    • Interventional Procedures for Treating Pain in the Sacrum, Coccyx, and Pelvis.
    • Common Pharmacological Agents Used in Interventional Procedures and Professional Aspects of Practice.

    Total

    12

     

  • Application Process and Deadlines 

    Application Process 

    Please visit USF Innovation Education’s application process page to access the application. (Note: the application process for fall admission will initiate in mid-December the year prior to the start of the program.)

    In addition, to the application form please submit:

    1. Official transcript from applicant’s nurse anesthesia program only
    2. A curriculum vitae
    3. Letter of Interest
    4. Reference letter from a supervising clinician

    Application Deadlines

    See the Office of the Registrar, Non-Degree Admission page for additional information.

  • Admission Requirements, Prerequisites and Cost 

    Admission Requirements:

    Applicants must have a master/doctoral degree from an Accredited Nurse Anesthesia Program.

    Prerequisites:

    Practicing nurse anesthetist

    Cost Per Credit Hour:

    $800.00 per credit hour at 12 credits for a total of $9,600.00, and includes the simulation/cadaver course. Travel, hotel accommodations and meals are the responsibility of the student.

  • Learn More

    For additional information visit the Innovative Education Office at: http://gradcerts.usf.edu

    Note: Admission to a graduate certificate program does not imply automatic acceptance into a graduate degree program.

    All information contained on this page is for informational purposes only.

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