The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice program graduate will possess advanced competencies for nurse anesthesia practice, faculty, and leadership roles in nurse anesthesia. The program curriculum consists of didactic and clinical components. The program integrates research, pathophysiology, pharmacology, health assessment, general principles of anesthesia, and anesthesia for surgical procedures for application in the clinical setting. During the program of study, students will have the opportunity to apply evidence-based practices through the development of anesthesia care plans and hands-on experience in the operating room. Additionally, students will complete a capstone project that culminates with the completion of a scholarly work that demonstrates the ability to translate findings into practice, research, education, and/or administration applicable to nurse anesthesia practice. The final written work product may be in the form of a manuscript submitted for publication, a poster presented at a national meeting, design of innovative clinical practice model, or other effective means of dissemination.
The curriculum focuses on preparing registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA). Upon completion of the DNAP: Entry into Practice program, graduates who fulfill all program requirements will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam through the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) and upon passing the exam, will become a CRNA.
The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) and consists of a 90 credit, 36-month program.
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The program incorporates a practitioner scholar model to prepare students as expert clinicians in the full scope of nurse anesthesia practice.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
To receive a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice degree, students must earn 90 graduate semester credit hours including didactic courses (63 credit hours), DNAP capstone courses (12 credit hours), and clinical practice courses (15 credit hours). Courses in the DNAP: Entry into Practice program are 16 weeks in length and scheduled two to five courses concurrently. The length of this program is 36 months.
|Doctor in Nurse Anesthesia Practice Courses (90.0 credit hours)|
|Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics for Anesthesia||3.0 credit hours|
|Advanced Principles of Physiology and Human Anatomy||3.0 credit hours|
|Anesthesia Equipment, Instrumentation, and Technology||3.0 credit hours|
|Application and Evaluation||3.0 credit hours|
|Advanced Pharmacology||3.0 credit hours|
|Scientific Foundations for Evidence-based Practice||3.0 credit hours|
|Advanced Pharmacology for Anesthesia||3.0 credit hours|
|General Principles of Anesthesia||3.0 credit hours|
|Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan I||3.0 credit hours|
|Advanced Health Assessment for Diverse Populations||3.0 credit hours|
|Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan II||3.0 credit hours|
|Anesthesia for Surgical Procedures I||3.0 credit hours|
|Nurse Anesthesia Care for Co-Existing Disease and Injury I||3.0 credit hours|
|Health Informatics Applications||3.0 credit hours|
|Regional Anesthesia||3.0 credit hours|
|Anesthesia for Special Populations||3.0 credit hours|
|Anesthesia for Surgical Procedures II||3.0 credit hours|
|Nurse Anesthesia Care for Co-Existing Disease and Injury II||3.0 credit hours|
|Business Management Applications in Evidenced-based Practice||3.0 credit hours|
|Nurse Anesthesia Roles||3.0 credit hours|
|Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum I||3.0 credit hours|
|Leadership in Advance Practice Nursing||3.0 credit hours|
|Influencing Policy and Improving Patient Outcomes||3.0 credit hours|
|Capstone I: Topic & Literature Review||3.0 credit hours|
|Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum II||3.0 credit hours|
|Capstone II: Methodology & IRB Submission||3.0 credit hours|
|Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum III||3.0 credit hours|
|Capstone III: Implementation||3.0 credit hours|
|Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum IV||3.0 credit hours|
|Capstone IV: Evaluation of Outcomes & Dissemination||3.0 credit hours|
|Synthesis Seminar||3.0 credit hours|
|Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum V||3.0 credit hours|
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