What You’ll Learn
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP) is a 36-month (12-quarter), full-time BSN-to-DNP course of study with the goal of producing highly skilled, independent graduate nurse anesthetists eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam (NCE) to become board-certified as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). The program utilizes a hybrid curriculum design, which includes:
- distance education courses; synchronous and asynchronous methods utilized.
- on-ground intensive sessions; in-person learning with faculty and peers during required intensive sessions in Knoxville, Tennessee as scheduled by program administration.
- clinical practicums courses; abundant and diverse clinical experiences are available to program students to ensure graduates are ready to enter practice.
Students will not be required to physically relocate for slightly more than one year (5 quarters) of hybrid distance education.
Part-time clinical studies begin in program year two and transition to full-time clinical immersion in program year three. Students are assigned to a regional clinical cohort in one of six regional clinical satellite campuses:
- Arizona (Phoenix/Tucson)
- Georgia (Atlanta)
- Florida (Orlando)
- Indiana (Fort Wayne)
- Louisiana (Alexandria)
- Texas (McAllen/Edinburg)
To facilitate clinical learning and for consistency with clinical educator oversight, students may be required to relocate at the beginning of the clinical phase, if they do not already reside in the region to which they are assigned by the program. Preference for clinical campus assignment will be elicited during the application process.