The DNP-Anesthesia is a thirty-six month program designed for the post baccalaureate RN seeking certification in anesthesia and doctoral education.
Phase I consists almost entirely of on-line courses, classroom and laboratory work. It begins each January and is completed in 20 months. During this period, students earn fifty-two (52) graduate credit hours. In order to begin Phase II of the program, students must complete Year 2 (see below) within twelve (12) months. In the event of emergencies, students may be granted a leave of absence.
The first year spring and summer sessions are on-line and are designed for working RNs. All students must be in residence during the fall semester of year 2. Students may arrange to complete the 2nd year spring and summer semesters of Phase I by distance programming at sites that offer this option. Classes are presented via live video-broadcast and are supported on-line. At least two students per site must elect this option in order to make programming feasible; once initiated for a group of students, distance programming will continue as long as needed by that group. A fee per credit hour is assessed to cover broadcasting costs in year 2 (No students at distant sites are assessed broadcast fees during Phase II.).
Upon completion of Phase I, students must immediately enter Phase II. This phase of the program begins in late August and lasts approximately sixteen (16) months. During this time, the student’s learning is built upon the material covered during the first phase of the program. Phase II is primarily a clinical residency, although the student returns to the classroom on a weekly basis for extensive clinically related study. Phase II ends in December. At the end of Phase II, the graduate is awarded the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and becomes eligible to write the National Certifying Examination for Nurse Anesthetists given by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists. Graduates who successfully complete this written examination are eligible to be Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).
Phase II consists of the actual administration of general and regional anesthesia with qualified clinical instructors (anesthesiologists and/or anesthetists). Weekly classroom sessions consist of clinical conferences and seminars addressing with current topics including, but not necessarily limited to, respiratory, cardiovascular, thoracic, neurosurgical, regional, obstetrical, pediatric, and special areas of anesthesia. Various special projects and competency examinations are administered throughout this phase.
Phase II courses are offered in concurrent sequences. Each set of courses, e.g., NRAN 60572 and 60583, must be taken together and successfully completed prior to beginning the next set of courses.
Phase I Curriculum (55 hours)
Phase II Curriculum (32 Hours)
These academic courses are accepted as Continuing Education by the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas for Type I credit (If audited, contact the School of Nurse Anesthesia Director for instructions).