The entry-to-practice DNAP (etpDNAP) program option will be available starting in 2017.

The etpDNAP option is designed for baccalaureate-prepared Registered Nurses (RNs) seeking preparation to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). The overall objective of the program 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. 

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Apply physiological, safety and organizational theories to promote patient safety, enhance quality care and improve nurse anesthesia practice

  2. Analyze and synthesize relevant scientific literature and apply results to improve nurse anesthesia practice and patient care outcomes in a culturally sensitive manner

  3. Communicate effectively with patients, families, the public and other health professionals

  4. Develop effective strategies for managing ethical dilemmas inherent in anesthesia patient care and the workplace

  5. Employ teaching and learning principles for the nurse anesthetist in educating and counseling individuals, families, students-in-training and groups

  6. Demonstrate leadership skills to meet the challenges of complex health care and educational environments

  7. Demonstrate nurse anesthesia scholarship through presentations, publications, leadership activities and collaboration with other disciplines

  8. Utilize technology and information systems to analyze, manage and present data

This program option was approved by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs at their June 2016 meeting. 

Questions about admissions and the curriculum for this program option should be directed to Suzanne Wright, PhD, CRNA (smwright@vcu.edu), Vice Chair for Academic Studies; Nicole Damico, PhD, CRNA (damicosn@vcu.edu), Director of Professional Practice; or Adam Eddy (aeddy@vcu.edu), Graduate Student Services Administrator. Queries may also be sent to nrsa@vcu.edu or by calling the department at 804 828-9808.