DNP Program

Nurse Anesthesia Specialty

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Program Description

The Nurse Anesthesia DNP specialty prepares ICU nurses to provide quality anesthesia care utilizing high levels of scientific knowledge and practice expertise. Residents will learn to care for patients during the perioperative period so that they are safe and comfortable during their surgical procedures, while utilizing pharmacological and scientific techniques.

The Nurse Anesthesia DNP specialty is a hybrid program utilizing a mixture of online didactic coursework, on-campus intensives and on-ground practicum and clinical placements. Applicants may enter the program as a post-BSN student or a post-master’s (in nursing) student with ICU experience. The program is only available full-time. Graduates of the Nurse Anesthesia specialty are eligible for CRNA certification.

DNP Program Outcomes

  • Generate and disseminate nursing practice knowledge to stimulate research and improve clinical outcomes
  • Improve health outcomes through scientifically based advanced practice within a specialty
  • Engage in and lead collaborative practice teams
  • Influence clinical practice transformation and policy initiatives

DNP Program Accreditation

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at The University of Arizona College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The Nurse Anesthesia Specialty is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

Program Facts

3
Years

Full-time Program Length
3-5 Courses per Semester*

Hybrid

Program Delivery
Online coursework with on-campus intensives, clinical practicum, and multiple simulation labs.

85

Credit
Hours

2000

Clinical
Hours

July
1

Applications Open

Sep
15

Application Deadline

42

Total Number of Graduates/Residents

32

Graduates Employed in AZ

4.7%

Attrition Rate
2/42 withdrawn

  Class of 2021 Class of 2020 Class of 2019
Number of Residents 11 10 13
Employed 100% 100% 100%
National Certification Exam (NCE) first time pass rate 80% 100% 81%

*Course load is approximated and may vary between semester and year. Residents should consult their academic program guide for a complete course schedule.

Erin Leigh Galligan Portrait

Erin Leigh Galligan, DNP-NA Candidate

"I appreciate that this degree is terminal, which will allow me to one day teach future CRNAs at the collegiate level. Also, the CRNA program starts with a cadaver lab, which is a feature not many CRNA programs offer. We also get to rotate through different clinical sites, affording us the opportunity to experience rural medicine, academic medicine, private practice and independent CRNAs."

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DNP-NA Curriculum


Residents admitted to the DNP-NA program must complete a rigorous curriculum consisting of 85 credit hours, 2000 clinical hours and 600 anesthetics hours. In addition, residents attend RISE twice and CPI once during their study. Admitted residents should refer to and follow the academic program guide for their cohort year.

Full-Time DNP-NA Program Guide

RISE

Residential Intensive Summer Experience (RISE)

RISE is an intensive learning experience designed to support resident success in the DNP program. DNP residents are required to attend RISE in Tucson, AZ on an annual basis. RISE attendance for part-time residents may vary.

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Clinical Skills Intensive

Clinical Preparation Intensive (CPI)

Clinical Preparation Intensive (CPI) helps prepare DNP residents for further specialty-specific skills under the supervision of a clinical preceptor. Residents are required to attend in Tucson, AZ once before the start of clinical coursework.

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Clinical Practicum

Clinical Practicum

Clinical placements for residents are arranged with appropriate preceptors, clinical coordinators and administrators. Priority is given to arranging clinical placements in the resident's geographical area.

Additional Program Options

DNP/PhD Dual Degree

If you are interested in attaining broader advanced clinical practice skills with strong research competencies, consider taking advantage of our dual Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) / Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees. You will be prepared at the highest level of nursing science and professional nursing practice, and with advanced skills for engaging in research to create, apply and translate new knowledge to improve health care – in practice domains and/or academia.

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Rural Telehealth Certificate Program

The Rural Telehealth Certificate Program (RTCP) is a graduate certificate available to DNP students. Students complete additional coursework and clinical hours that focus on the use of telehealth technology in a rural setting.

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Rural Health Professions Program

The Rural Health Professions Program (RHPP) is an innovative program to create a community of doctorally-prepared advanced practice registered nurses who have didactic and clinical expertise in providing care to rural and medically underserved patients and will serve as leaders in improving the quality and access to care for these patients. RHPP scholars complete additional coursework that focuses on the care of rural and medically underserved populations.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Students are assigned clinical sites in coordination with clinical coordinators and the program administrator. Students may be required to travel to a different geographic area if a suitable preceptor cannot be found.

No elective courses are required for this DNP specialty. Students may elect to take additional courses to meet their needs and interests but should first consult their faculty advisor.

Consider attending a virtual information session hosted by the College of Nursing. You will have the opportunity to meet the program team and select members of the faculty as well as ask questions about the program and admissions process. Registration is required and the session is conducted via Zoom.

The DNP program holds multiple information sessions throughout the year. If you are unable to attend a currently scheduled session, check back soon for the next available session or fill out the Request Information form on this page to have program details delivered to your inbox.

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Accreditation

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at The University of Arizona College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The Nurse Anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. 10275 W Higgins Rd, Suite 906, Rosemont, IL 60018-5603. 
Phone: 224-275-9130. 
Fax: 847-692-7137 Email: accreditation@coacrna.org

Nurse Anesthesia Program Administration

Kristie Hoch
Associate Clinical Professor

Christopher Herring
Assistant Clinical Professor

DNP Program Director

Allen Prettyman
Clinical Professor