The DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program is a full-time curriculum plan over 36 months (12 quarters). The first five quarters consist of didactic content delivered in a hybrid manner, blending on-campus intensive instruction with synchronous and asynchronous distance education. Part-time clinical rotations are integrated in quarters 6 – 8, gradually increasing to full-time clinical residency which occurs in quarters 9 – 12. The program confers a DNP degree upon successful completion of all program graduation requirements.
The DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP) delivers a contemporary and evidence-based curriculum using faculty and contributors that are expert educators, clinicians, researchers, and leaders in the profession. Faculty are chosen that have experience with both in-person and distance education best practices. They facilitate resident learning and professional growth with resident-centered active learning experiences, modeled clinical and scholarly excellence and steadfast professionalism. Using a blended learning model, our curriculum combines the best aspects of online learning activities and interactions, hands-on skills lab and high-fidelity simulation sessions, and collaborative clinical education experiences into an innovative and dynamic learning experience. Residents will be prepared as doctorally prepared well-rounded clinicians who will be able to enter full-service anesthesia delivery models upon graduation.
Our program outcomes are geared toward all the essential competencies needed for the doctorally prepared advanced practice nurse (APRN) specializing in nurse anesthesiology. As patient needs have become ever more diverse and complex, the skills and knowledge of APRNs is essential in providing high-quality comprehensive patient care, including along the entire spectrum of peri-anesthesia care. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) have established the core competencies which meet the established essentials of doctoral nursing practice, upon which our curriculum is founded. Additionally, the Graduate Standards set by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) are a complimentary set of didactic and clinical core competencies that serve as terminal outcomes for South College to accomplish during their education. Below are our DNP NAP terminal outcomes for South College nurse anesthesia residents to attain prior to graduation.
|DNP Program Outcome||AACN DNP Essentials COA Graduate Standrads|
|1. Synthesize scientific evidence and methods to design, direct, and evaluate strategies to promote and provide effective patient-centered care.||AACN: Essential I, III
COA: Perianesthesia (D.1-D.12)
Critical Thinking (D.13-D.24)
|2. Incorporate leadership skills and interprofessional team building strategies to improve quality metrics within healthcare systems, organizations, and diverse practice settings.||AACN: Essential I, II
COA: Leadership (D.31-D.32)
|3. Employ information systems and technology in the delivery of transformation healthcare.||AACN: Essential IV
COA: Patient Safety (D.1-D.4)
|4. Advocate for evidence-based health policy to improve local, national, and/or global patient and health population outcomes.||AACN: Essential V
COA: Professional Role (D.33-D.51)
|5. Utilize effective interprofessional communication and collaborative skills to facilitate improvement in population health.||AACN: Essential VI
COA: Communication (D.25-D.30)
|6. Apply advanced levels of clinical judgement and systems thinking in designing, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based care for clinical treatment, clinical prevention, and improvement of population health.||AACN: Essential VII, VIII
COA: All Graduate Standards (D.1-D.51)
The South College DNP NAP is a rigorous curriculum delivered in an innovative and flexible hybrid manner. As stated above, the didactic portions of the program will be delivered via a combination of quality distance education and in-person on-campus intensive learning sessions that are mandatory. Faculty will be employed that are both content experts and skilled in distance education pedagogy. Nearly each quarter until program year three, residents will also come together at the Parkside Learning Site in Knoxville, TN for these face-to-face sessions focusing on instruction in complex lecture topics/skills labs/simulation training. Importantly, it will not be required for residents to physically relocate for the front-loaded didactic portion of the program, consisting of slightly more than one year of study.
The DNP NAP will have an academic calendar unique to the program needs. Didactic courses will be 11 weeks in length, inclusive of any intensive sessions. During the front-loaded didactic portion of the program (quarters 1 – 5) there will be two-week breaks between each quarter. Clinical courses are 12 weeks long. During quarters that have both didactic and clinical courses (quarters 6 – 12), courses will start on the same date, but didactic courses will end one week earlier than clinical courses. During the clinical portion of the curriculum, there will be one-week breaks observed between each quarter. Below you will find a sample academic calendar for Year One of the program, beginning January 2022.
Winter Quarter – 2022
|Quarter begins – 1st Day of Classes||Jan 3, 2022|
|Q1 Intensive (NSG 7110)||Jan 3 – Jan 7, 2022|
|Last Date to Add/Drop Courses||Jan 10, 2022|
|Holiday – Martin Luther King Jr Day||*Jan 17, 2022|
|Last Date to Withdrawal with W Grade||Feb 18, 2022|
|Quarter Ends – Didactic Courses||Mar 18, 2022|
|Quarter Ends – Clinical Practicum Courses||Mar 25, 2022|
Spring Quarter – 2022
|Quarter begins – 1st Day of Classes||Apr 4, 2022|
|Last Date to Add/Drop Courses||Apr 11, 2022|
|Last Date to Withdrawal with W Grade||May 20, 2022|
|Holiday – Memorial Day||*May 30, 2022|
|Q2 Intensive (NSG 5341NA)||June 13 – June 17, 2022|
|Quarter Ends – Didactic Courses||June 17, 2022|
|Quarter Ends – Clinical Practicum Courses||June 24, 2022|
Summer Quarter – 2022
|Holiday – Independence Day||*July 4, 2022|
|Quarter Begins – 1st Day of Classes||July 5, 2022|
|Last Date to Add/Drop Courses||July 12, 2022|
|Last Date to Withdrawal with W Grade||August 19, 2022|
|Holiday – Labor Day||*Sept 5, 2022|
|Quarter Ends – Didactic Courses||Sept 16, 2022|
|Quarter Ends – Clinical Practicum Courses||Sept 23, 2022|
Fall Quarter – 2022
|Quarter Begins – 1st Day of Classes||Oct 3, 2022|
|Last Date to Add/Drop Courses||Oct 10, 2022|
|Q4 Intensive (NSG 7430)||Oct 17 – Oct 20, 2022|
|Last Date to Withdrawal with W Grade||Nov 18, 2022|
|Holiday – Thanksgiving Break||Nov 23 – Nov 25, 2022|
|Quarter Ends – Didactic Courses||Dev 16, 2022|
|Quarter Ends – Clinical Practicum Courses||Dec 23, 2022|
*Holidays for students on clinical rotations are determined by clinical sites*
Sample Curriculum Plan
The curriculum dashboard below displays a sample curriculum plan across the entire three years of the program. Courses in red font are didactic courses. Courses in black font are didactic courses with an on-campus intensive session associated with the course. Intensive sessions will typically consist of 3-5 days on campus with in-person instruction via lecture, problem-based learning, skills training and high-fidelity simulation. Courses in blue font are clinical courses.
On-Campus Intensive Sessions
On-campus intensive sessions provide opportunities for other activities, as well as in-person didactic and simulation lab learning. This can include orientation sessions for didactics or clinical rotations, 1:1 advising sessions, collaboration with classmates on scholarly projects, peer mentoring, interprofessional activities with other South College students and faculty, and various other opportunities.
Clinical education will occur in regional clinical satellite campuses, distributed nationally. The rotations will be designed so that within each regional clinical satellite, a resident can acquire the entire spectrum of case minimums needed for board eligibility after graduation. Each regional collection of clinical rotations will function as a satellite clinical campus. Clinical education at South College provides residents with exposure to a variety of anesthesia practice settings and a wide range of patient populations across the lifespan. Clinical practicum courses begin during program year two (quarters 6-8) in a part-time capacity and increase to full-time clinical immersion during program year three (quarters 9-12). Throughout the clinical practicum series, residents are integrated into clinical settings as they learn to function as doctoral prepared CRNAs and deliver holistic, evidence-based anesthesia care.
Clinical education experiences provide residents the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to clinical situations under the direct supervision and guidance of credentialed clinical preceptors. In clinical learning environments, residents develop safe and effective skills in all aspects of anesthesia care while also developing the ability to work as part of, and lead, a healthcare team.
What makes our clinical education program different?
- South College has cultivated relationships with clinical affiliate facilities across the country to meet the need of communities. Upon acceptance to the program, each resident will be assigned to one of six clinical satellite locations based on applicant preference and availability. Our goal, if desired by the applicant, is to assign clinical rotations close to their home location to circumvent the need for relocation for the entirety of the program. Relocation will be required by the beginning of quarter six if the resident lives outside of the clinical satellite location to which they are assigned. No relocation is required for the first five quarters of the program.
- Our clinical satellite campuses are situated around the nation at facilities that are invested in mentoring the next generation of CRNAs. With our hybrid distance education curriculum design, more residents will be able to remain in their local communities while enjoying the benefits of a rigorous didactic, simulation, and clinical curriculum.
- Clinical faculty: Clinical faculty are an integral part of our clinical experiences for residents, and so we invest in those faculty by offering mentorship and training opportunities annually and as needed to support our clinical affiliates, site coordinators, and clinical preceptors.
- It should be noted by the applicant that we will provide the clinical schedule that affords our residents the most valuable, rich and true-to-life experiences, to mirror what life will be like as a graduate nurse anesthetist. This will include clinical rotations shifts of varied length and during off-hours. Call shifts and/or weekend hours will be incorporated into the senior level full-time clinical nurse anesthesia residency.
The South College DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program maintains exceptional relationships with clinical affiliate facilities across the nation. Clinical affiliate facilities include:
- Arizona (Tucson/Phoenix)
- Banner University Medical Center, Main Campus
- Banner University Medical Center, South Campus
- Mountain Vista Medical Center
- Tempe St. Luke’s
- Abrazo West Campus Hospital
- Georgia (Atlanta-metro Area)
- Piedmont Henry
- Piedmont Newton
- WellStar North Fulton
- Southern Regional Medical Center
- Florida (Orlando)
- AdventHealth Orlando
- Indiana (Fort Wayne and surrounding area)
- Lutheran Hospital
- The Orthopedic Hospital
- Bluffton Regional Medical Center
- Dupont Hospital
- Kosciusko Community Hospital
- Louisiana (Alexandria)
- Rapides Regional Medical Center
- Christus St. Francis Cabrini Hospital
- Christus Cabrini Surgical Center
- Texas (McAllen/Edinburg)
- Doctors Hospital at Renaissance