DNAP Objectives and Outcomes
Graduates of the DNAP will be able to:
- Apply physiological, safety, and organizational theories to promote patient safety, enhance quality care, and improve nurse anesthesia practice.
- Analyze and synthesize relevant scientific literature and apply results to improve nurse anesthesia practice and patient care outcomes in a culturally sensitive manner.
- Communicate effectively with patients, families, the public, and other health professionals.
- Demonstrate leadership skills to meet the challenges of increasingly complex health care and educational environments impacting nurse anesthetists.
- Develop effective strategies for managing ethical dilemmas inherent in anesthesia patient care and the workplace.
- Employ teaching and learning principles for the nurse anesthetist in educating and counseling individuals, families, students in training, and groups.
- Demonstrate nurse anesthesia scholarship through presentations, publications, leadership activities and collaboration with other disciplines.
- Utilize technology and information systems to analyze, manage, and present data.
Students will demonstrate achievement of these objectives through the following outcome measures:
- Successful completion of all requisite coursework with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
- Completion of a nurse anesthesia capstone project that can include submission of a paper for publication to a professional journal or poster for presentation at a professional conference.
- Successful completion of a clinical portfolio.
- Participation in leadership, education, and management activities in a health care system, academic institution, or professional association.
In order to be conferred the doctoral degree, students in the combined MSNA-DNAP degree program must meet these additional criteria:
- Successful completion of the master’s program.
- Achievement of certification as a nurse anesthetist by passing the national Certification Examination administered by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists.