Our programs

At VCU Department of Nurse Anesthesia, we offer two programs in the nurse anesthesia specialty.

The first, the DNAP entry-to-practice, is for baccalaureate-prepared Registered Nurses (RNs) to gain the requirements necessary to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and earn a practice-oriented doctoral degree, the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP). Our objective is to prepare graduates who have acquired knowledge, skills and competencies in patient safety, perianesthetic management, critical thinking and communication to fulfill their professional responsibility as CRNAs.

In addition, we offer a post-master’s Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) degree for CRNAs that builds upon previous education and experiences, and prepares individuals to assume leadership positions in education, management, and clinical practice.

Students in Virginia also benefit from our Distance Education program, which offers our entire nurse anesthesia curricula at distance sites across Virginia. Both the DNAP entry to practice and post-master’s DNAP programs are offered at all sites at the very same time as classes are held in Richmond. Distance sites also include face-to-face instruction by VCU faculty and simulation laboratory training. Learn more about our distance education offering.

 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.