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About this course

The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program is committed to offering professional graduate education for master’s degree-prepared CRNAs.  The program:

  • Develops motivational leaders ready to meet the challenges needed to advance anesthesia practice.
  • Develops CRNAs with superior levels of knowledge in anesthesia theory and practice.
  • Establishes CRNAs who are proficient in evidence-based practice initiation leading to practice change.
  • Prepares CRNA leaders for the future with the knowledge and skills to meet the demands of a rapidly changing health care system.

The DNAP will prepare the CRNA to serve in leadership roles within the health care system. The curriculum will promote the use of evidence-based practice as a means to prioritize direction for process change. The learner will manage a capstone project that will build as the learner progresses through each consecutive class. Projects will focus on anesthesia clinical practice, educational presentation or management improvement strategies.

The small class size will allow for individualized instruction. A one-on-one adviser will assist the learner in developing scholarly work that will build skills for future projects. The advisers will be seasoned faculty who have been in anesthesia practice for many years, serving in multiple roles, including military, leadership and clinical practice.

Entry Requirements

1) Current certification as a registered nurse anesthetist
2) Certification/recertification throughout the length of the doctoral program
3) GPA of 3.25 of higher in a related master’s degree program
4) GRE within five years of start date
5) Completion of at least 3 credits in graduate-level research
6) Basic computer skills in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint