Nurse Anesthesia Track, DNP

The Doctor of Nursing Practice specializing in Nurse Anesthesia focuses on anesthetic management in various clinical settings to patients in every stage of life. The nurse anesthesia track provides the leadership skills needed to transform evidence-based care into practice, and measure outcomes.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree in a nursing program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The University of Akron recognizes a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a foreign institution.
  • 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale for BSN and all previous nursing degrees.
  • 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale for science GPA.
  • CCRN certification required prior to the interview for the Nurse Anesthesia program.
  • Three letters of reference from a recent employer; a member of the nursing profession; a former faculty member.
  • Essay, a 300-word position paper describing professional goals, purpose in seeking graduate education, and why The University of Akron Nurse Anesthesia Track.
  • Current unrestricted State of Ohio Registered Nurse license.
  • Interview required before admission to the program.
  • A minimum of one year of current ADULT critical care experience before the interview. Current experience is defined as one consecutive year of adult critical care nursing. The following does not constitute critical care experience for admission to The University of Akron: operating room, labor, and delivery step down telemetry units, neonatal intensive care, emergency room, pediatric intensive care, post-anesthesia care units, and cardiac catheterization labs.

See the Nurse Anesthesia Program webpage for additional program information and forms required for the application.

Core Courses

8200:561Advanced Physiological Concepts in Health Care I3
8200:562Advanced Physiological Concepts in Health Care II3
8200:603Theoretical Basis for Nursing3
8200:607Policy Issues in Nursing2
8200:619Principles of Evidence Based Practice3

Nursing Anesthesia Courses

8200:609Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurse Anesthetist3
8200:637Nurse Anesthesia Residency I4
8200:640Scientific Components of Nurse Anesthesia3
8200:641Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesia I3
8200:642Anesthesia Techniques, Prodcedures, and Simulation Lab4
8200:643Advanced Health Assessment and Principles of Nurse Anesthesia I4
8200:644Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesia II3
8200:645Advanced Health Assessment and Principles of Anesthesia II4
8200:646Nurse Anesthesia Residency II4
8200:647Professional Roles for Nurse Anesthesia2
8200:648Nurse Anesthesia Residency III4
8200:649Nurse Anesthesia Residency IV4

DNP Courses

8200:700Information Management in Health Care3
8200:705Clinical Nurse Scholar I3
8200:706Clinical Nurse Scholar II4
8200:707Clinical Scholar Residency3
8200:708DNP Project I3
8200:709DNP Project II3
8200:710Advanced Healthcare Statistics3
8200:712Fiscal Management in Healthcare3
8200:713Advanced Leadership in Health Care3
8200:714Synthesis and Application of Evidence for Advanced Practice Nurses3
8200:715Fundamentals of Public Health Epidemiology3
8200:848AMNR: Program Evaluation in Nursing3

Minimum Required Credits: 93

Program Specific Requirement: 3470:661 Statistics for Life Sciences or equivalent graduate level statistics course. Receives no credit toward the degree.

DNP Clinical/Internship Experience

Students must complete a DNP Clinical/Internship Experience of 540 clock hours.