Nurse Anesthesia, DNP
*Application for the program will become available on March 1st with a deadline of October 1st.
The Nurse Anesthesia (NA) program is a full-time, rigorous, and comprehensive 36-month program, which prepares registered nurses to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. Students are given the opportunity to integrate classroom content with direct application of advanced techniques in the provision of anesthesia care to patients throughout the lifespan. Clinical skills are learned in a variety of environments, each of which offers experiences in the anesthetic management of specialized patient populations.
Program Specific Admission Requirements
An applicant for the program must possess a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a CCNE, ACEN or CNEA accredited program; have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 or other evidence of ability to complete successfully a graduate program, such as grades in other post-baccalaureate courses, scores from national graduate school entrance examinations, or a record of progressively higher work experiences; and hold an unencumbered license as a registered nurse in either Pennsylvania or New York. The applicant should have completed undergraduate or equivalent approved courses in basic physical assessment and statistics. The applicant must submit three professional references and a 300-word essay identifying career goals, demonstrating communication and writing skills. A personal interview with the program director or a faculty member to clarify goals and objectives is required. In addition, nurse anesthesia DNP applicants must also have a minimum of one year of recent critical care nursing experience, current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification, current Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification, and have completed two courses in college chemistry. Critical care registered nurse certification (CCRN) is strongly recommended, but not required. The deadline for completed applications is October 1 of the year prior to expected enrollment. All admissions requirements for the nurse anesthesia program must be met by the application deadline.
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The Doctorate of Nursing Practice - Nurse Anesthesia track is a rigorous 36-month, full-time educational program for post-baccalaureate registered nurses who are seeking the opportunity to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. The curriculum includes didactic coursework, simulation laboratory and clinical experiences at the program's multiple affiliated clinical sites in PA and NY where you will gain over 2,000 hours of clinical experience and participate in over 750 clinical cases with patients whose ages range throughout the lifespan.
- The first year of the program includes didactic coursework that may be carried out in-person and/or via distance education formats. The focus of this first year is developing and exercising the knowledge and skills related to integrating evidence-based practice into the students’ clinical knowledge.
- The students begin to develop the knowledge and clinical skills related to the practice of anesthesia through didactic coursework and simulation laboratory sessions. Students start clinical experience during this year. Some of the clinical skills that students will learn include patient safety best practices, airway management, patient positioning, use of the anesthesia gas machine, medication administration, induction sequencing and a variety of others prior to beginning clinical rotations.
- The focus of the final year will be demonstrating safe clinical practice through varied clinical experiences, synthesis of knowledge through the culmination of the DNP scholarly project and portfolio presentation, and preparation for the national certification exam which is taken after graduation.
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