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Nurse Anesthesia DNP Curriculum

Program Objectives

The Nurse Anesthesia (DNP) program prepares you to be a highly developed clinician or leader in advanced nursing practice or systems of care.  

You are prepared to practice in a variety of complex clinical, organizational and educational systems with diverse populations. Our program gives you the tools to affect changes in health care outcomes through evidence-based decision-making and system redesign.  

You will experience various anesthesia practice models and learn culturally competent and equitable care for all patients. This includes caring for those who are underserved in urban and rural communities. 

Graduates will meet the following standards:

  • Integrate science-based theories and data-based concepts to develop, critically appraise and implement practice approaches that improve health care and health care systems 
  • Apply organizational theories and systems thinking to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness and safety outcomes of practice decisions and initiatives 
  • Apply effective strategies for managing the ethical dilemmas inherent in patient care, the health care organization and research 
  • Apply knowledge of informatics to monitor and improve outcomes, programs and systems of care 
  • Provide leadership in influencing policies on the financing, regulation and delivery of health care 
  • Lead interprofessional teams to improve patient and population health outcomes 
  • Function independently in an advanced nursing role to improve health outcomes in a specialty area of practice 

Graduation Requirements

Students entering the program with a bachelor’s degree need to complete a minimum of 89 term hours. Students who have a master’s degree require a minimum of 77 term hours.

You may be required to complete additional courses or clinical time after we review your academic portfolio. All students must complete the degree requirements within five years.

You will take part in 1,080 hours of a specialty practicum and 1,260 hours of in an immersion residency. In addition, you will complete a project practicum that requires 252 hours. 

Course Curriculum
  • Graduate Nursing Core 

    • NSG - 521 Antiracism in Organizational Leadership (Credits: 3)
    • NSG - 522 Applied Epidemiology Biostats Nursing (Credits: 3)
    • NSG - 523 Research for Evidence-Based Practice (Credits: 3)
    • NSG - 524 Health Promotion in Individuals and Clinical Populations (Credits: 3)

    Subtotal: 12 


    Advanced Practice Nursing Core 

    • NSG - 531 Advanced Pharmacology (Credits: 3) 
    • NSG - 532 Advanced Physiology (Credits: 3)
    • NSG - 533 Advanced Pathophysiology (Credits: 3)
    • NSG - 537 Transition to the APRN Role (Credits: 3) 
    • NSG - 625 Advanced Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing Across the Life Span (Credits: 2) 
    • NSG - 625L Advanced Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing Across the Life Span: Lab (Credits: 1) 

    Subtotal: 15 


    DNP Core 

    • NSG - 600 Leadership in Evolving Health Care Environments (Credits: 3) 
    • NSG - 602 Health Care Economics, Policy and Finance (Credits: 3) 
    • NSG - 608 Program Evaluation (Credits: 3) 
    • NSG - 610 DNP Project Planning and Implementation (Credits: 3) 
    • NSG - 615 DNP Project Proposal Seminar (Credits: 2) 

    Subtotal: 14 


    Population/Role Cognates 

    • ANA - 500 Neuroscience for Basic and Clinical Applications (Credits: 3) 
    • NSG - 541 Chemistry and Physics in Anesthesia (Credits: 3) 
    • NSG - 542 NRS Anesthesia Pharmacology (Credits: 3) 
    • NSG - 543A Anesthesia Principles I: Basic Principles of Nurse Anesthesia (Credits: 3) 
    • NSG - 543B Anesthesia Principles II: Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia (Credits: 3) 
    • NSG - 543C Anesthesia Principles III: Obstetric and Pediatric Anesthesia (Credits: 3) 

    Subtotal: 18 


    DNP Practica and Project 

    • NSG - 606 DNP Specialty Practicum (Credits: 1-12)
      • Credit Hours: 12, Clock Hours: 1,008  
    • NSG - 607 DNP Immersion Residency (Credits: 1-14)
      • Credit Hours: 15, Clock Hours: 1,260 
    • NSG - 609A DNP Project Practicum A (Credits: 1)
      • Clock Hours: 84 
    • NSG - 609B DNP Project Practicum B (Credits: 1)
      • Clock Hours: 84 
    • NSG - 609C DNP Project Practicum C (Credits: 1)
      • Clock Hours: 84 

    Subtotal: 30

    Total: 89 

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