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Nurse Anesthesia DNP Curriculum

Program Student Learning Outcomes

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 meet the following outcomes:

  • 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 

Graduates Meet the Following Standards

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.


Clinical and DNP Project Experience 

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

Course Curriculum