Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a specialization in Nurse Anesthesia is a 3-year degree program. With clinical experiences, class time, and study time, it is very demanding. During the first 2 semesters, courses are mostly classroom-based during regular weekday hours. For the remainder of the program, students are assigned in the clinic with variable schedules, including 12-hour shifts outside of regular business hours. Students continue to take theory, research, and other courses during this time.

Much of the program's course work after the first year is web-based. This design permits more learning methods to be incorporated into the program and allows students to continue to gain knowledge through academic course work while developing their skills in the clinic. Successful completion of a written comprehensive examination, a capstone project, and supervised clinical practicum are also required for graduation. Please visit the department's website for full curriculum details and degree requirements.

Please note that this is not a distance learning program.

Program Curriculum Requirements

Chemistry/Physics 2
Clinical Anatomy 4
Advanced Physiology 4
Advanced Pathophysiology 3
Basic Principles of Anesthesia 3
Introduction to Clinical Practicum 1
Physical Assessment and Patient Care Technology for Anesthesia
Information Systems & Data Management in Anesthesia 1
Regional Anesthesia/Pain Management 3
Advanced Practice I-VI 12
Advanced Theory I-V 13
Professionalism: Aspects 3
Statistics 3
Introduction to Theory, Research & Evidence-Based Practice
Epidemiology 3
Evaluation and Application of Evidence-Based Practice 4
Social Context for Health Care Policy 2
Leadership in Nurse Anesthesia 2

Contact Info

Department of Nurse Anesthesia

KU Medical Center
Mail Stop 2020, 3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160
Fax: 913-588-3334
Donna Nyght, Chair
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