DNP Program

Nurse Anesthesiology Specialty

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Program Description

The Nurse Anesthesiology Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) specialty prepares experienced bachelors prepared Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurses to provide anesthesia and pain management, utilizing current evidence based practice. The rigorous program incorporates clinical expertise and builds on existing scientific foundations. Simulation lab experiences, clinical rotations and scholarly work will provide practice experience to ensure the safety, comfort, and quality the nurse anesthesiology profession is recognized for. During the perioperative period you will care for patients across the lifespan.

The Nurse Anesthesiology DNP program is a 3 year fulltime hybrid program utilizing a mixture of online didactic coursework, on-campus intensives, and on-site clinical residencies. It is a practice-focused doctoral program emphasizing innovative, evidence-based professional conduct that manifests as the application and implementation of credible research findings into clinical practice. In addition, those enrolled in the nurse anesthesiology program of study receive a broad didactic foundation to prepare them for advanced practice nursing essentials, such as health policy, advanced health assessment, nursing theories, interprofessional collaboration and research methods.   

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 Anesthesiology Specialty is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

Program Facts


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


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






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Application Deadline


Total Number of Nurse Anesthesiology Graduates


Nurse Anesthesiology Graduates Employed in AZ


Attrition Rate
4/67 withdrawn

  Class of 2022 Class of 2021 Class of 2020
Number of Nurse Anesthesiology Graduates 15 11 10
Employed 100% 100% 100%
National Certification Exam (NCE) first time pass rate 100% 80% 100%

*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 86 credit hours, 2,250 clinical hours and 650 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.

DNP-NA Program Guide


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 Residency

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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See the full admissions requirements and application process on the DNP Admissions page.

DNP Admissions


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

The University of Arizona Nurse Anesthesiology program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. 10275 W Higgins Rd, Suite 906, Rosemont, IL 60018-5603; 224-275-9130. The program's next review by the COA is scheduled for May 2031.

Nurse Anesthesiology Program Administration

Kristie Hoch
Associate Clinical Professor

Christopher Herring
Assistant Clinical Professor

Interim DNP Program Director

Lindsay Ann Bouchard
Assistant Clinical Professor