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Doctor of Nursing Practice with a Concentration in Nurse Anesthesia (DNP NAP)

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What can I do with a Doctor of Nursing Practice with Concentration in Nurse Anesthesia (DNP NAP)?


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Baccalaureate-level science and nursing courses, acute critical-care experience, and critical thinking are keys to success in the DNP NAP and as a practicing CRNA. At least one year of critical-care experience is required in order to be considered for admission to the program. Courses in human anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, physical assessment, chemistry, physics and pharmacology are essential. There are no prerequisite courses required, but prospective students should re-take a course in inorganic chemistry (no lab required) if it has been more than five years since last studying this subject.

Becoming a Certified Critical Care Nurse (CCRN) is not required, but it is preferred. Advocacy and professional development activities demonstrate dedication and professionalism. Nurse anesthesia school is highly competitive and full-time, with no part-time option. It is best not to be clinically employed as a registered nurse during the program but is not prohibited until the clinical practicum series begins in program year two (quarter six).

To succeed both in the South College DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program and as a CRNA in general, students must be hardworking, passionate, professional, flexible, resilient, and able to both lead and be a contributing member of a team.

Interprofessional Education

Interprofessional educational opportunities are abundant with faculty and students from other South College School of Nursing programs, the Physician Assistant program, the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and the School of Pharmacy.

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Accreditation or Approval


State Authorization (Asheville, Atlanta, Knoxville, Nashville, Orlando)
The South College Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered at the Parkside Learning Site (Knoxville) received initial approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing in December 2003, with full approval granted in September 2008. Approval for the addition of the Nashville Learning Site was granted in November 2016. The Master of Science in Nursing program received approval in November 2016. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program received approval in February 2020. The Post-Graduate Certificate programs received approval in August 2021. The South College Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered at the Asheville Learning Site received initial approval from the North Carolina Board of Nursing in February 2016, with full approval granted in May 2019. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered at the Atlanta Learning Site received initial approval from the Georgia Board of Nursing in September 2018. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered at the Orlando Learning Site received initial approval from the Florida Board of Nursing in November 2021.

Programmatic Accreditation
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing programs offered at South College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791 ( Application has been made for accreditation for the Doctor of Nursing Practice and Post-Graduate Certificate programs.

The South College DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program was granted initial accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) effective October 13, 2021. The address for COA is: 222 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068, Phone number: 847-655-1160, website address: Additionally, during the same October 2021accreditation meeting, the COA granted the following two items for the South College DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program: (1) Approval of Distance Education Courses, and (2) Approval of Waiver of Graduate Degree Requirement.


Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. South College follows the required methodology provided by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for the reporting of employment information for graduates. This information is compiled on an annual basis and submitted to the Commission by October 15 each year for graduates during the most recently completed reporting year (July 1-June 30). For more detailed information related to the calculation of graduate employment rates, please click here.

*The career options listed above are a small sample of potential job titles, and are not meant to be comprehensive. Students may or may not find employment in these positions. Job growth statistics are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014–2024 projections. Note that the Bureau does not publish estimates for all job titles, so in some cases these numbers are an approximation based on similar job titles.

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Year after year, South accepts veterans to several different programs, providing them with valuable skills and education that leads to a successful civilian career. I personally benefited from this as it helped shape me into a leader as a Naval Officer and medical provider.

- David Lane, Master of Health Science in Physician Assistant Studies
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While I was looking at programs, South College’s DPT program had a unique atmosphere and was a program that was challenging the traditional brick and mortar DPT education model. It was something I wanted to be a part of, and I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to learn from the top PTs and educators in the country.

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I really enjoy that most classes are not straight reading from a book, listening to PowerPoint presentations, taking a test and then moving to the next chapter. The instructors take the time to have class discussions and incorporate real world examples. To me, this makes the material more interesting and puts what I am learning into a better perspective.

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