Nurse Anesthesia, DNP
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.
The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia educational program by January 1, 2022 or thereafter be enrolled in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree. Pending approval by the COA, The Nurse Anesthesia Program at The University of Scranton plans to award the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree by May 2021. Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting the program at 570-941-5530.
Program Specific Admission Requirements
We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2020 cohort with a preferred deadline of October 1, 2019. All admissions requirements for the NA specialization must be met by the application deadline.
Applicants for the program must meet the following criteria:
- Possess a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program
- Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 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
- Be licensed as a registered nurse in the state of Pennsylvania
- Minimum of one year direct clinical nursing practice
- Minimum of one year of recent critical care nursing experience
- 300-word statement of intention identifying career goals, demonstrating communication and writing skills
- Personal interview with the program director or a faculty member to clarify goals and objectives
- Current Basic Cardiac Life Support for the Healthcare Provider (BCLS) certification
- Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification
- Current Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification
- Completed two courses in college chemistry
- Satisfactory completion of undergraduate or equivalent approved courses in basic physical assessment and statistics
- Critical care registered nurse certification (CCRN) is strongly recommended, but not required.
For general application requirements, please click here.
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 programs 15 Affiliated Clinical Sites 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 is carried out both in-person and 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. Some of the clinical skills that students will learn in 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, simulated crisis clinical sessions, 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.