Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP)
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Develop advanced expertise in anesthesia care delivery while preparing to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) in the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program at National University, the first academic institution in the world to pursue and achieve Planetree Recognition. The DNAP program is a 36-month hybrid program with a 15-month onsite didactic (phase 1) in Fresno, California, and a 21-month clinical residency (phase 2).
In this entry-into-practice clinical doctoral program, you will master the art and science of anesthesia care delivery. Online and on-campus coursework focuses on health organizations and systems analysis, quality assessment and improvement, leadership, policy analysis, and the implementation of evidence-based practice initiatives.
The DNAP program includes a front-loaded didactic model with on-site didactic and high-fidelity simulation courses. The second phase of the program includes clinical courses at an affiliate hospital where you will gain hands-on experience administering anesthesia to patients across the age spectrum and in all surgical specialties under the direct supervision of a CRNA or anesthesiologist mentor.
Upon graduation, you will be prepared to sit for the National Certification Exam (NCE) to become a CRNA.
In addition to applying to NU, you will also need to complete and submit the DNAP Application.
- Program Director: Dr. Joseph Martin – 559-256-4902 | [email protected]
- Administrative Assistant: Ms. Laura Lee – 559-256-4968 | [email protected]
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredits public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the U.S.
The NU Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 10275 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 906, Rosemont, IL 60018-5603; (224) 275-9130. The program’s next review by the COA is scheduled for May 2027.
- Successful admission to National University.
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a NLNAC or CCNE accredited College or University or Bachelor of Science in a related physical science with licensure as a registered nurse.
- Current unrestricted/unencumbered (clear/active) license as a registered nurse in one of the states of the United States, with eligibility for licensure throughout all states in the United States.
- A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on all undergraduate courses or 3.25 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate courses on a 4.0 scale.
- Science GPA of 3.0 or greater.
- Successful completion of the following prerequisite courses:
- Anatomy with Lab
- General Chemistry (with lab)
- Undergraduate statistics
- A minimum of one full year of critical care experience in an intensive care unit within the past three years as a registered nurse. Emergency department and other experiences will be considered on an individual basis. Operating room, OB, and PACU experience is not accepted as critical care experience.
- Three favorable evaluations/recommendations from:
- Current clinical supervisor
- Fellow critical care nursing peer or anesthesia provider
- Academic faculty or clinical educator familiar with your academic performance
- Professional certification in any of the following preferred: CCRN, CEN, or CFRN.
- Current ACLS and PALS certification
- Shadow experience in the OR with a CRNA or Anesthesiologist
- Successful personal interview
- Ability and willingness to travel for clinical rotation assignments, and to be flexible when required to change clinical sites at short notice.
- Ability to meet the didactic and clinical requirements of the curriculum.
Estimated time to complete: 36 months
Class of 2014:
1st time NCE Pass Rate: 89% (8/9)
2nd time NCE Pass Rate: 100% (9/9)
Class of 2015:
1st time NCE Pass Rate: 75% (6/8)
2nd time NCE Pass Rate: 50% (1/2)
Class of 2016:
1st time NCE Pass Rate: 73% (8/11)
2nd time NCE Pass Rate: 68% (2/3)
Class of 2017:
1st time NCE Pass Rate: 75% (6/8)
2nd time NCE Pass Rate: 100% (2/2)
Class of 2018:
1st time NCE Pass Rate: 100% (11/11)
Class of 2019:
1st time NCE Pass Rate: 67% (8/12)
2nd time NCE Pass Rate: 75% (3/4)
3rd time NCE Pass Rate: 100% (1/1)
Class of 2020:
1st time NCE Pass Rate: 90% (17/19)
2nd time NCE Pass Rate: 100% (2/2)
Class of 2021:
1st time NCE Pass Rate: 91% (10/11)
2nd time NCE Pass Rate: 100% (1/1)
Class of 2022:
1st time NCE Pass Rate: In Process
2nd time NCE Pass Rate: In Process
Cohort 1: 17%
Cohort 2: 19%
Cohort 3: 14.3%
Cohort 4: 14%
Cohort 5: 8%
Cohort 6: 13%
Cohort 7: 5%
Cohort 8: 13.3%
Cohort 9: In Process
Employment Rates Within 6 Months of Graduation
Cohort 1: 100%
Cohort 2: 80%
Cohort 3: 100%
Cohort 4: 100%
Cohort 5: 100%
Cohort 6: 100%
Cohort 7: 100%
Cohort 8: 100%
Cohort 9: In Process
Program Learning Outcomes
- Analyze physiologic, safety, and organizational theories to promote patient safety, enhance quality care, and improve nurse anesthesia practice.
- Synthesize relevant scientific literature and apply results to improve nurse anesthesia practice and patient care outcomes in a culturally sensitive manner.
- Develop effective communication strategies for working with complex patients, families, administrators, and other health professionals.
- Develop effective strategies for managing ethical dilemmas inherent in anesthesia patient care and the workplace.
- Demonstrate leadership skills to meet the challenges of complex health care and educational environments.
- Demonstrate doctoral level scholarship in nurse anesthesia through presentations, publications, leadership activities, and collaboration with other disciplines.
- Utilize technology and information systems to analyze, manage, and present data.
- Analyze complex patient comorbidities to formulate and implement an anesthesia plan of care.
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