Curriculum: The post-master's DNAP program is a minimum of 33 credits. Students complete 6 credits of course work from the PhD in Health Related Sciences (HRS) Program and 27 credits in nurse anesthesia, including a 6-credit practicum and 6-credit capstone project.
Clinical Practicum: The individually-designed clinical experience consists of 100 hours of practice per credit hour, which can be completed in the student's employment setting. Students demonstrate completion of course requirements through development of a professional portfolio. The portfolio includes written case studies of clinical experiences that have significance for nurse anesthesia practice.
Capstone Project: The DNAP culminates in the successful completion of the Capstone Project, which is intended to demonstrate integration and synthesis of concepts and experiences learned throughout the program. With the guidance of a 2-person faculty advisory committee, students develop a project on a topic of interest relevant to clinical practice, education, or leadership. The focus of the Capstone is the use of best evidence to improve practice and patient outcomes.
Duration: A full-time student may complete the program in as little as 3 semesters (one year). Part-time students are expected to complete the program in 2-3 years. The most important element determining the length of an individual's program is the Capstone Project. Applicants are encouraged to discuss ideas for the project with their committee early in the program so that curricular activities may be tailored toward developing the project.
Delivery Method: Courses will use a combination of on- and off-campus delivery methods designed with the working CRNA in mind. On-campus sessions, scheduled at the beginning and end of each semester, will employ a traditional mix of educational technologies (e.g., lectures, seminars, discussion, and assigned readings). During the off-campus component, students will pursue their studies through a variety of innovative technologies (e.g., computer conferencing, discussion boards, and pod-casting) in addition to completion of assigned readings, projects, and exercises.