Earn your DNAP. Take between one and three years to finish.

Our post-master’s DNAP program is designed for the full-time working CRNA, with one- to three-year completion options. This practice-oriented doctoral program focuses specifically on issues related to nurse anesthesia practice and builds upon applicants' previous education and experiences as CRNAs.

How will a DNAP degree enhance my career?

The DNAP program prepares CRNAs to assume leadership positions in education, management, and clinical practice. Our curriculum concentrates on patient safety and human factors, quality assessment and improvement, health care systems and organizations, leadership, evidence-based practices, and adult education.

Flexibility with on- and off-campus sessions.

Program faculty use 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 (lectures, seminars, discussion, and assigned readings).
  • During the off-campus component, doctoral students pursue course requirements through a variety of innovative technologies such as video conferencing, discussion boards, and podcasting.

Capstone project

The post-master's DNAP program culminates in the successful completion of the capstone project, which is intended to demonstrate integration and synthesis of concepts learned throughout the program and practice experience. With the guidance of a two-person faculty advisory committee, doctoral students develop a project on a topic of interest relevant to nurse anesthesia practice, education, or leadership. The focus of the capstone is the use of best evidence to improve practice and patient outcomes. The capstone process is directed toward the acquisition of skills related to scholarship and includes articulation of a practice issue, a well-focused and comprehensive literature review, a description of the methodology designed to address the practice issue, and a discussion that synthesizes the outcomes of the project activities and the practice problem. Students disseminate their work and develop evaluation strategies to gather feedback on the project.