Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP)

Program Overview

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Accepting Applications. Deadline: June 1, 2020

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.

Bryan Tune, PhD, DNP, CRNA
Program Director, Nurse Anesthesiology Program

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