Quinnipiac University 

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Nursing, Anesthesiology,Quinnipiac University 

North Haven Campus

Nursing, Anesthesiology,Quinnipiac University 

North Haven Campus

Nursing, Anesthesiology,Quinnipiac University 

North Haven Campus

Nursing, Anesthesiology

Post-Bachelor’s DNP in Nurse Anesthesia

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As a nurse anesthetist, your job extends well beyond simply administering anesthesia. You’ll care for patients before, during and after a medical procedure or surgery, performing assessments, administering and maintaining anesthesia to ensure proper sedation and pain management, and overseeing patient recovery post-operation.

Program Overview

Nurse anesthetists are vital in hospital operating rooms, surgery centers, physicians’ offices and beyond. Working alongside anesthesiologists, surgeons and others, nurse anesthetists administer anesthesia for all types of surgical cases, from the simplest to the most complex. In the nurse anesthesia DNP track, you’ll master a range of competencies, including advanced physiology and pathophysiology, anatomy (with cadaver lab), advanced pharmacology and advanced chemistry for anesthetic practice. 

The nurse anesthesia DNP track is only offered as a full-time program and is completed in three years. The clinical component increases as the program progresses, beginning with part-time hours and gradually ending with full-time hours plus a call rotation.


Above and beyond

Kelley Etheridge '18 uses a mask to deliver anesthesia on a child in an operating room in Leon. She was part of a group of students who travelled to Nicaragua with nursing faculty Judy Thompson and Karita Kack during an alternative spring break trip. It's an example of the many ways our students get to put theory into practice.

Curriculum and Requirements

Course Listing

Post-Bachelor’s to DNP: Nurse Anesthesia Program (76 credits)

BMS 518Pathophysiology3
NUR 500Biostatistics1
NUR 514Epidemiology & Evidence-Based Practice3
NUR 516Health Policy and Organizational Systems3
NUR 517Anatomy for the Nurse Anesthetist2
NUR 517LAnatomy for the Nurse Anesthetist Lab1
NUR 520Advanced Health Assessment I3
NUR 520LAdvanced Health Assessment I Lab2
NUR 602Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing1
NUR 610Clinical Scholarship and Inquiry in Nursing2
NUR 610PBLDNP Project I2
NUR 612Leadership and Collaboration for Change in Health Care2
NUR 612PBLDNP Project II2
NUR 670Basic Principles of Anesthesia II3
NUR 671Clinical Practicum I1
NUR 672Advanced Pharmacology II3
NUR 673Clinical Practicum II1
NUR 674Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia Practice I1
NUR 675Clinical Practicum III2
NUR 676Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia Practice II1
NUR 677Clinical Practicum IV2
NUR 678Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia Practice III1
NUR 679Clinical Practicum V2
NUR 680Physics, Chemistry, Equipment and Technology for Nurse Anesthetists4
NUR 681Clinical Practicum VI2
NUR 682Advanced Principles of Anesthesia I3
NUR 683Clinical Practicum VII2
NUR 684Advanced Principles of Anesthesia II3
NUR 686Advanced Principles of Anesthesia III2
NUR 688Human Factors and Patient Safety3
NUR 690Advanced Principles of Anesthesia IV2
NUR 694Oral Comprehensive Exams2
NUR 696Advanced Pharmacology and Basic Principles of Anesthesia I4
NUR 698Human Physiology Seminar1
PY 501Human Physiology4
Total Credits76

Prerequisites for entrance: undergraduate anatomy and physiology with labs (8 credits); chemistry: inorganic and organic (8 credits); microbiology (3–4 credits); pharmacology (3–4 credits); and statistics (3 credits).

Oral comprehensives: pharmacology, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and advanced principles of anesthesia.

Clinical practicum—5 semesters—approximate hours: 2000.

NUR 514 and NUR 516 are offered online or on campus (space-available basis)

Curriculum Note:

The semester-by-semester Learning Pathway for this program is available in the School of Nursing.

The curriculum for this program is subject to modification as deemed necessary by the nursing faculty to provide students with the most meaningful educational experience and to remain current with professional standards and guidelines.

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Student and Professional Network

The nurse anesthesia program fosters professional involvement and socialization through a number of activities. You will become an associate member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, which will acquaint you with the professional organization, its publications and issues of importance to nurse anesthetists.

As part of your experience in the educational opportunities afforded by the program, you'll attend meetings of the Connecticut Association of Nurse Anesthetists (CANA) and be encouraged to attend at least one additional conference (AANA annual meeting or Assembly of School Faculty).

Attendance at the Midyear Assembly is included as a lab to complement the Aspects course (NUR 674). A call component is included in the clinical curriculum following the first year. 

Clinical conferences are held weekly when the clinical practicum begins to allow you to discuss your experiences at the hospitals and to share them with your classmates. While on clinical rotations, you'll participate in the hospital in-service programs, which might include doing a presentation at a departmental meeting or attending conferences. You also will earn conference hours by presenting at grand rounds and attending classmate presentations. You will take part in a journal club with your colleagues, including reflection, discussion and presentations on your experiences. 


The DNP program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
Date of next review: October 2019 
Attrition: 0
Certification exam pass rate: 80% (5 out of 6 students)
Second-time takers: 100%
Employment rate: 100%

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Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001
Phone: 847-655-1160
Fax: 1-847-692-7137 

Council on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 
One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-463-6930
Fax: 202-785-8320

Program Outcomes

The objectives of the DNP program are to prepare graduates for advanced nursing practice who are capable of providing holistic health care for diverse individuals, families or populations in a variety of settings. Specifically, the program seeks to produce graduates who:

  1. Demonstrate clinical reasoning through an understanding of science and evidence-based practice.
  2. Design, implement and evaluate quality improvement initiatives across the systems in which health care is delivered.
  3. Analyze and critique the available evidence for best practices in health care.
  4. Apply technology and information fluency to conduct practice inquiry.
  5. Advocate for rational health policies to improve patient care and enhance effective use of resources.
  6. Demonstrate leadership through interprofessional collaboration to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  7. Direct health promotion and disease prevention efforts to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  8. Provide competent, culturally sensitive and ethically based care to individuals and/or populations in a defined specialty of advanced nursing practice.