Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP)

Program Overview



Accepting Applications. Deadline: July 31, 2021

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 hybrid program can be completed in as few as three years and includes a 15-month didactic residency at the Fresno campus and some online classes.

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.


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.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills to meet the challenges of complex health care and educational environments.
  • Demonstrate nurse anesthesia scholarship through presentations, publications, leadership activities, and collaboration with other disciplines.
  • Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment and accountability in perianesthetic care.

Joseph Martin, DNP, CRNA
Program Director, Nurse Anesthesiology Program
[email protected]

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Program Highlights

  • Learn to formulate and implement an anesthesia plan of care
  • Plan for and administer general and regional anesthesia techniques to a variety of patients ranging in medical and surgical acuity
  • Promote patient safety, enhance quality care, and improve nurse anesthesia practice
  • Gain the leadership skills needed to meet the challenges of complex health care and education environments
  • Program includes online and on-campus classes, as well as hands-on clinical practicum courses at an affiliate hospital

(34 courses; 138 quarter units)

Students must take all of the DNAP courses in the set sequence. The program utilizes a cohort model.

  • ANE 800 Advanced Principles of EBP
  • ANE 810 Advanced Pharmacology Concepts
    • Prerequisite: Admission to the Nurse Anesthesia Program or prior approval from Program Director
  • ANE 815 Adv Human Anatomy for Anesth
    • Prerequisite: Admission to the Nurse Anesthesia Program or approval from Program Director
  • ANE 816 Advanced Human Anatomy Lab (1.5 quarter units)
    • Prerequisite: Admission to the Nurse Anesthesia Program or prior approval from Program Director
  • ANE 820 Nurse Anesthesia Physiology I
  • ANE 824 Principles of Anesthesia I
  • ANE 825 Advanced Hifi Sim I (1.5 quarter units)
    • Corequisite: ANE 824 with a minimum grade of B-
  • ANE 818 Anesthesia Pharmacology I
    • Corequisite: ANE 824 with a minimum grade of B-
  • ANE 821 Nurse Anesthesia Physiology II
  • ANE 826 Principles of Anesthesia II
    • Prerequisite: ANE 824 with a minimum grade of B-
  • ANE 827 Advanced HiFi Sim II (1.5 quarter units)
  • ANE 819 Anesthesia Pharmacology II
  • ANE 828 Principles of Anesthesia III
  • ANE 829 Advanced HiFi Sim III (1.5 quarter units)
    • Corequisite: ANE 828 Lab component of the POA III lecture course
  • ANE 822 Anesthesia Physiology III
    • Prerequisite: ANE 821 with a minimum grade of B-
  • ANE 823 Anesthesia Physical Assessment
  • ANE 830 Principles of Anesthesia IV
    • Prerequisite: with a minimum grade of B- Curriculum in a cohort, lock-step model
  • ANE 831 Advanced HiFi Sim IV (1.5 quarter units)
    • Corequisite: ANE 830 with a minimum grade of B-
  • ANE 840 Anesth Professional Aspects
  • ANE 801 Biostat for Nurse Anesthesia
  • ANE 850 Clinical and Seminar I
    • Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of the didactic phase of the program.
  • ANE 851 Implementing EBP in Anesthesia
    • Prerequisite: ANE 800 with a minimum grade of B-
  • ANE 855 Clinical and Seminar II
  • ANE 856 Health Policy and Advocacy
  • ANE 860 Clinical and Seminar III
  • ANE 861 Systems Analysis — Communication
  • ANE 865 Clinical Rotation — Seminar IV
  • ANE 866 Epidemiology — Population Health
    • Prerequisite: ANE 801 with a minimum grade of B-
  • ANE 870 Clinical Rotation — Seminar V
    • Corequisite: ANE 865 with a minimum grade of B-
  • ANE 871 Health Care Economics — Finance
  • ANE 875 Clinical Rotation-Seminar VI
    • Prerequisite: ANE 870 with a minimum grade of B-
  • ANE 876 Capstone Project
  • ANE 880 Clinical Specialization
    • Prerequisite: ANE 870 with a minimum grade of B-
  • ANE 881 DNAP Role — Health Care Impact

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Program Requirements

Here are the requirements to be eligible for admission to the DNAP program at 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 U.S., with eligibility for licensure throughout all states in the U.S.
  • 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: Pharmacology, Anatomy with Lab, Physiology, General Chemistry (with lab), and 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 a current clinical supervisor, fellow critical care nursing peer or anesthesia provider, and an 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

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