Doctor of Nursing Practice - Nurse Anesthesia (DNP-NA) Program Requirements
- Sheryl Steadman, Dean
- Daniel Bunker, Associate Professor, Program Director
- Ted Morris, Assistant Professor
- Art Shimata, Professor
- James Stimpson, Professor
Chris Torman, Associate Professor, Assistant Program Director
The mission of the Doctor of Nursing Practice-Nurse Anesthesia program at Westminster University is to provide an academic environment which allows nurse anesthesia students to master the intellectual and technical skills required to become competent in the safe administration of anesthesia. The program accomplishes this by admitting a select group of experienced, graduate level nurses and then providing them with the highest level of didactic instruction, anesthesia simulation, and clinical site experiences. Our nurse anesthesia graduates develop life-long critical thinking skills and the professionalism needed to become compassionate, patient-centered anesthesia providers. We are committed to upholding the standards set forth by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and the Council on Accreditation (COA) to produce skilled nurse anesthetists who are qualified to sit for the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) Examination. By this educational endeavor, it is the mission of the DNP-NA program at Westminster University to contribute to filling the urban and rural community needs for anesthesia providers.
A graduate of the DNP-NA program:
- Evaluates delivery of a safe anesthetic with vigilant protection of the patient and prevention of complications.
- Develops individualized perianesthetic care throughout anesthetic continuum to patients of all ages and physical conditions.
- Integrates skill and knowledge necessary to function as a resource person for airway and ventilator management of patients in a variety of settings.
- Utilizes critical thinking, decision making, and the application of sound principles and evidence-based research in practice.
- Applies mastery of anesthesia concepts and skills by passing the NBCRNA certification examination.
- Develops verbal, nonverbal, and written communication necessary to influence patient care.
- Integrates professional attributes necessary to accept responsibility and accountability of a new anesthesia practice.
Proposes politically active advancements in nurse anesthesia.
Progression in the Program
The student must:
- Receive a grade of 82% or higher in all DNP-NA courses.
- Maintain a current, unencumbered RN license.
- Complete the program within four years of initial admission date.
- Complete doctoral level project by the deadline assigned by course faculty.
- Maintain a background check free of arrest and/or criminal history. Report any criminal arrests and/or criminal incidents within 24 hours to the Program Director.
- Maintain a negative drug scree. Report any change or prescribed use of mind-altering substances, including narcotics, within 24 hours to the Program Director.
Remain in good standing at clinical sites.
To be eligible for a doctoral degree, students must satisfy the following conditions:
- Meet all credit hour and other course requirements.
- Be enrolled at Westminster University during the semester in which they wish to graduate.
- Earn a grade of 82% or higher in all DNP-NA courses.
Earn an average clinical score greater than 3.0 on daily and term evaluations.
Note: Only upper-level coursework may be applied toward degree requirements. Please note that the program requires that students must earn a grade of B (82%) or higher in all program courses to qualify for graduation, regardless of their cumulative GPA. The final responsibility for being informed about, and adhering to, graduation requirements rests with the individual. Continued communication with the faculty advisor is recommended.
A minimum of 90 credit hours is required for graduation. Clinical cases must include all minimum numbers as directed by the Council on Accreditation. Please see the DNP-NA Student Handbook for specific information regarding clinical cases.
|Requirement Description||Credit Hours||Prerequisites|
|I. Required Courses||90|
|Total Hours for the Program||90|
|Fall Semester||Spring Semester||Summer Semester|
|Year 1||DNPNA 725 (3)
DNPNA 730 (3)
DNPNA 745 (3)
DNPNA 750 (3)
|DNPNA 710 (3)
DNPNA 715 (3)
DNPNA 720 (3)
DNPNA 740 (3)
|DNPNA 731 (3)
DNPNA 732 (3)
DNPNA 734 (2)
DNPNA 811 (4)
DNPNA 812 (4)
|DNPNA 733 (2)
DNPNA 760 (2)
DNPNA 822 (3)
DNPNA 823 (3)
DNPNA 824 (2)
DNPNA 831 (1)
|Year 3||DNPNA 911 (1)
DNPNA 912 (2)
DNPNA 913 (1)
DNPNA 914 (4)
|DNPNA 921 (1)
DNPNA 922 (1)
DNPNA 923 (2)
DNPNA 924 (4)
|DNPNA 931 (1)
DNPNA 932 (1)
DNPNA 933 (1)
DNPNA 934 (4)