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.
Curriculum and Requirements
Post-bachelor’s to DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
|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|
|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|
|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|
|NUR 673||Clinical Practicum II (3-4 days/week)||1|
|NUR 680||Physics and Chemistry for the Nurse Anesthetist||4|
|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|
|NUR 677||Clinical Practicum IV||2|
|NUR 684||Advanced Principles of Anesthetic Practice II||3|
|NUR 688||Human Factors and Patient Safety||3|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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 nurse anesthesia program begins only in the summer.
The deadline for a complete application is October 15. Interviews are conducted in the summer and fall semesters. Please complete the online application.
All required courses must be completed by the application deadline. Interviews will only be granted to those with completed applications.
- A bachelor's degree or master's degree in nursing or an appropriate science such as biology, chemistry, health sciences or pharmacology from a regionally accredited college or university.
- Registration as a professional nurse (RN or APRN) in the United States, its territories or protectorates. A license in the state of Connecticut will be required upon acceptance.
- Two years of critical care nursing experience (must be within the past five years).
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a minimum of a 3.0 in the undergraduate-level science courses.
- Core sciences courses required:
- Chemistry (two semesters total, of which one should be in general/inorganic chemistry and one in organic chemistry)
- Core science courses must have been completed within the past 10 years, without evidence of a minimum of one semester of Anatomy & Physiology and one semester of Chemistry as a refresher. Critical care experience must be within five years of application.
- Application: Complete the information required on the application form.
- Application fee: A $45 nonrefundable application fee.
- Resume: Up-to-date resume showing evidence of current practice as a registered nurse in a critical care area in the U.S., its territories or protectorates.
- Letter of intent.
- Two evaluator forms: One should be from a current supervisor and one from another person with authority to evaluate your professional ability.
- Official transcripts: Submit official transcripts from ALL undergraduate, graduate and professional schools attended (including part-time and summer study). If you received transfer credit from another institution, it is still necessary to send a transcript from the original university.
- Nursing license: You will be required to submit a nursing license from the United States, its territories or protectorates to the Office of Graduate Admissions. You will be required to have a CT nursing license prior to the start of your clinical practicum.
- Certifications: Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org), fax (203-582-3443), mail a copy of your current certifications (BLS, ACLS, PALS, CCRN) or upload your current certifications (into your online application).
- Documentation of current practice as an RN: Evidence of current practice as a registered nurse in a critical care area in the U.S., its territories or protectorates.
Interview: Personal interviews (by invitation) will be scheduled once an application is complete.
- Evaluation of any foreign transcripts by either:
If you're considering one of Quinnipiac's outstanding graduate programs, you're on your way to joining a graduate community committed to academic excellence and professional preparation at the highest level.
Please reach out to us with questions about the application process.
Phone: 203-582-8672 or 800-462-1944
Mail: Quinnipiac University
Office of Graduate Admissions, NH-GRD
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1940
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
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Washington, DC 20036
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:
- Demonstrate clinical reasoning through an understanding of science and evidence-based practice.
- Design, implement and evaluate quality improvement initiatives across the systems in which health care is delivered.
- Analyze and critique the available evidence for best practices in health care.
- Apply technology and information fluency to conduct practice inquiry.
- Advocate for rational health policies to improve patient care and enhance effective use of resources.
- Demonstrate leadership through interprofessional collaboration to improve patient and population health outcomes.
- Direct health promotion and disease prevention efforts to improve patient and population health outcomes.
- Provide competent, culturally sensitive and ethically based care to individuals and/or populations in a defined specialty of advanced nursing practice.