Nurse Anesthesia Programs
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Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA)
The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) is a 73-credit, 7 semester program that prepares the Registered Nurse with a baccalaureate degree for entry into practice as a nurse anesthetist. Graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Examination administered by the National Board for Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists. The MSNA is a full-time program. This program will be replaced by the entry to practice DNAP option and is therefore no longer considering applications for admission. The final cohort of students in the MSNA program will matriculate in August 2016.
Entry to Practice DNAP (etpDNAP)
The etpDNAP is a 93-credit hour, 36-month, 9-semester program approved by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs in June 2016. The first students in this program will matriculate in January 2017.
Post-master's Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP)
The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) is a clinical doctorate for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) with a previous master´s degree. The program is designed to prepare CRNAs to assume leadership roles in education, management, and patient care. The program is 33 credits and can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.
Combined Degree (MSNA-DNAP)
The combined degree MSNA-DNAP is an optional program for students already enrolled in the MSNA program.
Educational programs administered by the Department of Nurse Anesthesia are accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational programs (COA; 222. S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL, 60068), (847) (692-7050).
The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) program received a 10-year accreditation in 2011. The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice and combined degree MSNA-DNAP were approved by the COA in June 2007. The entry to practice DNAP option was approved in June 2016.