Nurse Anesthesia Program, DNP

Led by a team of expert practitioners, and top nurse researchers, our DNP-NA brings the real world and innovative science into the classroom. Our program faculty – who include many alumni – are nurse anesthetists who practice across a range of settings and are vested in helping you develop your educational and professional career. Mentored by expert nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologists, you’ll acquire the critical thinking skills for independent as well as collaborative clinical decision-making.

You’ll hone your skills in our state-of-the-art simulation center, performing procedures like placing regional anesthetics, using fiber optic intubating equipment, inserting central venous catheters, pulmonary artery catheters and chest tubes, using ultrasound guidance, performing needle cricothyroidotomies, and placing double lumen endotracheal tubes. And you’ll be exposed to experiences that range from common complications to rare occurrences. Our curriculum is divided into four conceptual areas: core courses, area courses, translating research into practice, and leadership and management.

Our robust clinical rotation allows you the opportunity to work with patients of all acuity levels including concentrations in pediatric, cardiac, and non-cardiac thoracic specialties. Our clinical coordinators work to provide you with a supervised introduction to clinical experiences, relying heavily on our excellent faculty to mentor students as they gain independence, critical thinking, and autonomy. The DNP-NA program is a full-time program which can be completed in 36 months.  


A total of 37 course units are required. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SummerCourse Units
NURS 607 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 1
NURS 657 Advanced Physical Assessment and Clinical Decision Making 1
NURS 681 Applied Physiology for Nurse Anesthesia I 1
NURS 629 Basic Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 1
NURS 580 Pharmacology of Anesthesia and Accessory Drugs I 1
 Course Units5.00
NURS 608 Advanced Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Nursing Practice 1
NURS 751 Clinical Fieldwork for Nurse Anesthesia Practice I 1
NURS 682 Applied Physiology for Nurse Anesthesia II 1
NURS 603 Basic Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice II 1
NURS 789 Principles of Patient Safety & Quality Improvement in Healthcare 1
 Course Units5.00
NURS 683 Applied Physiology for Nurse Anesthesia III 1
NURS 637 Introduction to Research Methods and Design 1
NURS 604 Adv. Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice: Obstetrics, Pediatrics, & Women of Childbearing Age 1
NURS 752 Clinical Fieldwork for Nurse Anesthesia Practice II 1
NURS 540 Current Issues In Health and Social Policy 1
 Course Units5.00
Second Year
NURS 605 Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice: Cardiac, Vascular, and Thoracic Surgery 1
NURS 755 Clinical Fieldwork for Nurse Anesthesia Practice III 1
NURS 851 Translating Evidence into Practice (DNP Project #1) 1
 Course Units3.00
NURS 606 Adv Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice: Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pain Management & Trauma 1
NURS 852 DNP Project Planning II (DNP Project #2) 0.5
NURS 500 Introduction to Principles and Methods of Epidemiology 1
NURS 745 Data Analytics 1
NURS 756 Nurse Anesthesia Residency I 1
 Course Units4.50
NURS 609 Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice: Special Surgery 1
NURS 636 Pain Science and Practice 1
NURS 757 Nurse Anesthesia Residence II 1
NURS 748 Leadership Development in Healthcare 1
NURS 853 DNP Project Implementation (DNP Project #3) 0.5
 Course Units4.50
Third Year
NURS 651 Healthcare Informatics 1
NURS 758 Nurse Anesthesia Residency III 1
NURS 858 Professional Aspects & Leadership for Nurse Anesthesia Practice 1
NURS 854 DNP Project Evaluation and Dissemination (DNP Project #4) 1
 Course Units4.00
NURS 611 Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice: Problem-Based Learning 1
NURS 759 Nurse Anesthesia Residency IV 1
NURS 790 Health Care Economics and Business Planning 1
 Course Units3.00
NURS 760 Nurse Anesthesia Residency V 2
NURS 614 Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice- Professional Practice 1
 Course Units3.00
 Total Course Units37.00

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.