Curriculum

The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice: Curriculum design

Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) degree

The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) degree is 87 credits taken over nine semesters. Graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Examination (NCE) given by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA). The nurse anesthesia program is offered full-time only. The curriculum is fully integrated, allowing students to begin clinical experiences in the second semester and continuing throughout the length of the program. Students begin their clinical experiences with observation, preparation, and implementation of a basic anesthetic for simple cases and gradually progress to more complex and challenging cases. At the onset of the program, students are closely connected with the use of simulation to demonstrate their ability to integrate the didactic preparation to clinical practice. Students are provided clinical case scenarios following their didactic coursework to develop a clinical plan in which they are expected to articulate their rationale for their course of action followed by a simulation demonstration of the activities associated with their selected plan.

The Human Patient Simulator Complex (HPS) is located on the second floor in close proximity to the Nurse Anesthesia classroom. The suite is equipped with adult simulators and a pediatric model to facilitate all aspects of students learning. The simulation suite is also used to help students learn various approaches to advanced clinical techniques in anesthesia. These include an all-day workshop on Difficult Airway Management and Central Line Placements.

First Year

Fall Semester I (15 weeks) — 11 credits

  • AN 7010........Advanced Health & Physical Assessment and Clinical Diagnosis (3 credit)
  • AN 7100.................................  Adv. Pharmacology I (3 credits)
  • AN 7500................................. Chemistry/Physics (2 credits)
  • AN 7780……………………. Professional Dimensions (3 credits)
  • AN 7880..................................Seminar (1 day/week) CAC (1 day/month) (0 credits)

Winter Semester II (15 weeks) — 12 credits

  • AN 7020................................. Clinical Practicum and Simulation I (2 credits)
  • AN 7110................................. Adv. Pharmacology II (3 credits)
  • AN 7150................................. Principles of Anesthesia I (3 credits)
  • AN  7220................................Advanced Physiology  (4 credits)

Spring/Summer Semester III (13 weeks) — 11 credits

  • AN 7030................................. Clinical Practicum II (2 credits)
  • AN 7160................................. Principles of Anesthesia II (3 credits)
  • AN 7640................................. Research and Statistical Methods (3 credits)
  • AN 7240................................. Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology (3 credit)

Second Year

Fall Semester IV (15 weeks) — 11 credits

  • AN 7040................................. Clinical Practicum III (2 credits)
  • AN 7170................................. Principles of Anesthesia III (3 credits)
  • AN 7600................................. Regional Anesthesia  and Pain Management (3 credits)
  • AN 7890................................. DNAP Capstone Preparation (2 credits)
  • AN 7880..................................Seminar (1 day/week) CAC (1 day/month) (1 credit)

Winter Semester V (15 weeks) —10 credits

  • AN 7050................................. Clinical Practicum IV (2 credits)
  • AN 7181................................. Principles of Anesthesia IV (3 credits)
  • AN 7241................................. Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology II (3 credit)
  • AN 8000................................. DNAP Capstone Preparation (1 credit)
  • AN 7880..................................Seminar (1 day/week) CAC (1 day/month) (1 credit)

Spring/Summer Semester VI (13 weeks) — 10 credits

  • AN 7060................................. Clinical Practicum V (3 credits)
  • AN 7903................................. Health Care Policy (3 credit)
  • AN 7901................................. Leadership in Nurse Anesthesia Practice (3 credits)
  • AN 8001................................. DNAP Capstone Preparation (1 credit)

Third Year

Fall Semester IV (15 weeks) — 8 credits

  • AN 7070................................. Clinical Practicum VI (3 credits)
  • AN 7902................................. Ethics and Health Care (3 credits)
  • AN 8002................................. DNAP Capstone Preparation (1 credit)
  • AN 7880..................................Seminar (1 day/week) CAC (1 day/month) (1 credit)

Winter Semester V (15 weeks) —7 credits

  • AN 7080................................. Clinical Practicum VII (3 credits)
  • AN 7891................................. Advanced Clinical Application I (2 credits)
  • AN 8003................................. DNAP Capstone Preparation (1 credit)
  • AN 7880..................................Seminar (1 day/week) CAC (1 day/month) (1 credit)

Spring/Summer Semester VI (13 weeks) — 7 credits

  • AN 7090................................. Clinical Practicum VIII (3 credits)
  • AN 7892................................. Advanced Clinical Application II (3 credits)
  • AN 8004................................. DNAP Capstone Completion (1 credit)

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