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When you join our program as a baccalaureate-prepared Registered Nurse, you will 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). VCU’s entry to practice DNAP degree offers students a hybrid schedule format using a combination of on- and off-campus content delivery methods during the first two semesters. During this time, students are able to continue working as RNs. Semesters three and four are a traditional format and employment is strongly discouraged.

At VCU, we train RNs to administer anesthesia across a variety of fast-changing healthcare environments. As a CRNA, professionals must be prepared to deal swiftly with changes in technology and healthcare, our aging and diverse population, and always have a focus on improving quality and keeping patients safe. 

“I leave work every day feeling incredibly grateful for the outstanding education and training I received from VCU’s Department of Nurse Anesthesia. The training and education I received applies to all health care specialties, and our capabilities are in high demand across the health spectrum. The staff at VCU played an essential role in my education and provided me with the skills and knowledge that I needed to succeed as a nurse anesthetist. The program at VCU gave me a strong foundation upon which to build my career.” - Jared Harper, CRNA

NOTE: 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. For information on the MSNA/MSNA-DNAP programs, click here.