Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice

Post-Master’s Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia for CRNAs

About the Program

VCU | Doctorate | Hybrid – The mission of the Department of Nurse Anesthesia is to provide learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to work as part of an interprofessional team to serve the public through the delivery of safe, cost-efficient, quality anesthesia services and to develop leaders and scholars who will advance the specialty of nurse anesthesia through research, scholarship and public service.

The Department offers the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) already holding a master’s degree. This practice doctoral program builds upon applicants’ previous education and experiences as CRNAs. The Post-Masters DNAP program prepares CRNAs to assume leadership positions in education, management, and clinical practice by offering a curriculum concentrating on patient safety and human factors, quality assessment and improvement, health care systems and organizations, leadership, evidence-based for practice and adult education.

Courses & Requirements

The Post-Masters DNAP faculty utilize a combination of on- and off-campus content delivery methods designed with the working CRNA in mind. On-campus sessions, scheduled at the beginning and end of each semester, employ a traditional mix of educational technologies (e.g., lectures, seminars, discussion, and assigned readings). During the off-campus component, doctoral students meet course requirements through a variety of innovative technologies (e.g., computer conferencing, discussion boards, and pod-casting). Full-time students complete the program in three consecutive semesters (one year). Part-time students complete the program between 2-3 years. The University mandates all doctoral degrees be completed in 8 years or less.

Student Support

We know the path to higher education can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help.

As a student of the Roanoke Higher Education Center, you will have access to:

  • Library collections and services
  • Computer lab with printer/copier
  • Student lounge with high-speed wireless Internet
  • Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Free parking with a student parking pass

As a student of VCU, you will have access to:

  • Library Services: Databases, Inter-library loan, Off-campus delivery to distance students
  • Division of Academic Success: requesting accommodations, study skills, tutoring, and other academic support
  • VCU Health Writing Center: Assistance with professional academic writing
  • Scholarships available to qualifying Master’s in Gerontology students

How to Apply

View more information about the admissions process and requirements.

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For more information on this program, visit http://www.sahp.vcu.edu/departments/nrsa/programs/post-masters-dnap/