Curriculum and Clinical Training

The overall objective of the program is to prepare graduates who have acquired knowledge, skills and competencies in patient safety, perianesthetic management, critical thinking and communication to fulfill their professional responsibility as CRNAs. The etpDNAP program is a 93 credit-hour, 9-semester, innovative program that features feature a hybrid schedule format for the first two semesters of full-time study.

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Program Structure


VCU’s entry to practice DNAP degree offers students a hybrid schedule format using a combination of on- and off-campus content delivery methods during the first two semesters. During this time, students are able to continue working as RNs. Students are required to attend a three-day, on-campus session in Richmond at the beginning of the program, followed by another three-day on campus session at respective distance sites in early May.


Graduate students will follow a traditional schedule format that requires full-time, on-campus attendance. This format is utilized for the remainder of the program during which continued employment as an RN is strongly discouraged.


The clinical training component of the program begins.

 Clinical Training

Six Clinical Practicum courses are provided in the program, which stress the application of relevant science and research to anesthesia practice while engaging in direct patient care. 

Throughout the Clinical Practicum coursework, students may plan for and administer all types of accepted general and regional anesthesia techniques to a variety of patients ranging in medical and surgical acuity.

Graduate students will be assigned to various anesthetizing locations with selected affiliate hospitals. At all times while in the clinical environment, students will be directly supervised, instructed, and counseled by CRNA and/or physician anesthesiologist Clinical Instructors.