Quinnipiac University 

North Haven Campus

Nursing, Anesthesiology

Post-Bachelor’s DNP in Nurse Anesthesia

As a nurse anesthetist, your job extends well beyond simply administering anesthesia. You’ll care for patients before, during and after a medical procedure or surgery, performing assessments, administering and maintaining anesthesia to ensure proper sedation and pain management, and overseeing patient recovery post-operation.

Program Overview

Nurse anesthetists are vital in hospital operating rooms, surgery centers, physicians’ offices and beyond. Working alongside anesthesiologists, surgeons and others, nurse anesthetists administer anesthesia for all types of surgical cases, from the simplest to the most complex. In the nurse anesthesia DNP track, you’ll master a range of competencies, including advanced physiology and pathophysiology, anatomy (with cadaver lab), advanced pharmacology and advanced chemistry for anesthetic practice. 

The nurse anesthesia DNP track is only offered as a full-time program and is completed in three years. The clinical component increases as the program progresses, beginning with part-time hours and gradually ending with full-time hours plus a call rotation.

Above and beyond

Kelley Etheridge '18 uses a mask to deliver anesthesia on a child in an operating room in Leon. She was part of a group of students who travelled to Nicaragua with nursing faculty Judy Thompson and Karita Kack during an alternative spring break trip. It's an example of the many ways our students get to put theory into practice.

Curriculum and Requirements

Learning Pathway

Post-bachelor’s to DNP: Nurse Anesthesia

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Summer SemesterCredits
PY 501 Human Physiology 4
NUR 517 Anatomy for the Nurse Anesthetist 2
NUR 517L Human Anatomy for the Nurse Anesthetist Lab 1
NUR 602 Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing 1
NUR 698 Advanced Human Physiology Seminar 1
Fall Semester
NUR 500 Biostatistics 1
NUR 516 Health Policy and Organizational Systems 1 3
NUR 520 Advanced Health Assessment I 3
NUR 520L Advanced Health Assessment I Lab 2
NUR 696 Advanced Pharmacology and Basic Principles of Anesthesia I 4
NUR 696L Advanced Pharmacology and Basic Principles of Anesthesia I Lab 1
Spring Semester
NUR 514 Epidemiology & Evidence-Based Practice 1 3
NUR 670 Basic Principles of Anesthesia II 3
NUR 670L Basic Principles of Anesthesia Lab 1
NUR 671 Clinical Practicum I 1
NUR 672 Advanced Pharmacology II 3
NUR 674 Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia Practice I 1
Second Year
Summer Semester
NUR 673 Clinical Practicum II (3-4 days/week) 1
NUR 680 Physics and Chemistry for the Nurse Anesthetist 4
Fall Semester
BMS 518 Pathophysiology 3
NUR 675 Clinical Practicum III (3-4 days/week) 2
NUR 676 Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia Practice II 1
NUR 682 Advanced Principles of Anesthetic Practice I 2
Spring Semester
NUR 677 Clinical Practicum IV 2
NUR 684 Advanced Principles of Anesthetic Practice II 3
NUR 688 Human Factors and Patient Safety 3
Third Year
Summer Semester
NUR 610 Clinical Scholarship and Inquiry in Nursing 3
NUR 610PBL Portfolio Synthesis Seminar I 1
NUR 679 Clinical Practicum V (4 days) 2
NUR 686 Advanced Principles of Anesthetic Practice III 1
Fall Semester
NUR 612 Leadership and Collaboration for Change in Health Care 3
NUR 612PBL Portfolio Synthesis Seminar II 1
NUR 681 Clinical Practicum VI (4 days) 2
NUR 690 Advanced Principles of Anesthesia IV 2
Spring Semester
NUR 678 Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia Practice III 1
NUR 683 Clinical Practicum VII (3–4 days) 2
NUR 694 Oral Comprehensive Exams 2
 Total Credits76

online or on-campus (space-available basis)

Pre-req for entrance: Undergrad A&P with labs (8 credits), Chemistry: Inorganic and Organic (8 credits) Microbiology (3–4 credits) Pharmacology (3–4 credits), statistics (3 credits).

Oral comprehensives: Pharmacology, A&P, Pathophysiology, Advanced principles of Anesthesia

Clinical Practicum—5 semesters—approx.. hours 1800–2000.

Student and Professional Network

The nurse anesthesia program fosters professional involvement and socialization through a number of activities. You will become an associate member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, which will acquaint you with the professional organization, its publications and issues of importance to nurse anesthetists.

As part of your experience in the educational opportunities afforded by the program, you'll attend meetings of the Connecticut Association of Nurse Anesthetists (CANA) and be encouraged to attend at least one additional conference (AANA annual meeting or Assembly of School Faculty).

Attendance at the Midyear Assembly is included as a lab to complement the Aspects course (NUR 674). A call component is included in the clinical curriculum following the first year. 

Clinical conferences are held weekly when the clinical practicum begins to allow you to discuss your experiences at the hospitals and to share them with your classmates. While on clinical rotations, you'll participate in the hospital in-service programs, which might include doing a presentation at a departmental meeting or attending conferences. You also will earn conference hours by presenting at grand rounds and attending classmate presentations. You will take part in a journal club with your colleagues, including reflection, discussion and presentations on your experiences. 


The DNP program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
Date of next review: October 2019 
Attrition: (new program) n/a
Certification exam pass rate: (new program) n/a
Employment rate: (new program) n/a

222 South Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001
Phone: 847-655-1160
Fax: 1-847-692-7137 

Council on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 
One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-463-6930
Fax: 202-785-8320

Program Outcomes

The objectives of the DNP program are to prepare graduates for advanced nursing practice who are capable of providing holistic health care for diverse individuals, families or populations in a variety of settings. Specifically, the program seeks to produce graduates who:

  1. Demonstrate clinical reasoning through an understanding of science and evidence-based practice.
  2. Design, implement and evaluate quality improvement initiatives across the systems in which health care is delivered.
  3. Analyze and critique the available evidence for best practices in health care.
  4. Apply technology and information fluency to conduct practice inquiry.
  5. Advocate for rational health policies to improve patient care and enhance effective use of resources.
  6. Demonstrate leadership through interprofessional collaboration to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  7. Direct health promotion and disease prevention efforts to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  8. Provide competent, culturally sensitive and ethically based care to individuals and/or populations in a defined specialty of advanced nursing practice.