Accreditation information

The DNAP program at Virginia Commonwealth University have been approved by the State Commission on Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). Our 10-year accreditation was awarded in Spring 2011 by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, with the next review anticipated in 2021.

  • The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) and combined degree MSNA-DNAP were approved by the COA in June 2007.
  • The entry to practice DNAP program was approved in June 2016.  

First organized in 1969, the Department of Nurse Anesthesia in the School of Allied Health Professions has a long and proud heritage of educating high quality professional nurse anesthetists. In fact, the Department was the first program in the nation to offer the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) degree and the first in the nation to establish the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP).

NOTE: Beginning in January 2017, the entry to practice DNAP (etpDNAP) replaced the MSNA and combined MSNA-DNAP program options. The last cohort of MSNA/MSNA-DNAP students began classes in August 2016. The final cohort of MSNA students will complete the program in December 2018 and, if applicable, the DNAP program in May 2019. Following successful completion of the program by all MSNA/MSNA-DNAP students, the Department of Nurse Anesthesia will petition to close the MSNA program option.

Performance Data

Attrition rate:  Dec. 2014 MSNA graduation class 5%; Dec. 2015 MSNA graduation class 20%; Dec. 2016 MSNA graduation class (to date) 8%
Employment rate of graduates within 6 months of degree completion: 100%
National Certification Examination pass rate: Dec. 2014 graduation class - 1st attempt 95%, overall 100%; Dec. 2015 graduation class - 1st attempt 91%, overall 100%