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Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (Entry-Into-Practice)

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Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (Entry-Into-Practice)

Keiser University

This program is available in the following Florida campuses:

Naples Campus

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.

Our school partners with NursingCAS, the Centralized Application Service for Nursing, to collect and manage applications to Keiser’s nursing programs.  Please follow this link to apply for admission on CAS to our DNAP programs.

Program Mission

The program incorporates a practitioner scholar model to prepare students as expert clinicians in the full scope of nurse anesthesia practice.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Perform comprehensive patient history and physical assessment across the life span (Assessment)
  2. Analyze health outcomes for a diverse population in a variety of clinical settings (Health Outcomes)
  3. Apply ethical principles and advanced clinical judgment to decision making processes (Ethics and Clinical Judgement)
  4. Provide leadership in promoting inter/intraprofessional collaboration (Leadership)
  5. Utilize technologies that support science-based theories, concepts and healthcare outcomes (Technology)
  6. Advocate for healthcare policy at institutional, state and/or national levels (Policy)
  7. Disseminate scholarly work using evidence-based practice/research (Scholarship)

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the scholarship of leadership in a variety of clinical settings.
  2. Deliver patient-centered care in accordance with safety standards.
  3. Implement evidenced based practice in decision making as anesthesia providers.
  4. Incorporate information systems/technology to support multidisciplinary collaboration.

Prerequisites for Major Courses


Program Outline

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.

Graduate Division Courses

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

Program Outcomes

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