Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice - PostB | Curriculum

Anesthesia for Nurses (AFN) students are enrolled in the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) post-baccalaureate  program curriculum. Graduates are awarded a DNAP degree. Students are instructed for a period of 36 months in accordance with the standards set by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.  The first 3 months are primarily online with the following 15 months focused on classroom instruction  and simulation. This supports the students' acquisition of basic and advanced anesthesia skills necessary for the safe administration of anesthesia. Students practice clinical skills using high-fidelity simulations.  During the final 18 months, students are immersed in the clinical area where they administer anesthesia to all types of patients and in all types of practice settings. Students are evaluated on their ability to integrate didactic knowledge with clinical practice, demonstrate critical thinking skills,  and provide appropriate interventions in patient management . Development and implementation of a scholarly project as well courses in leadership, business,  and health care policy are incorporated throughout the curriculum. 

Through the variety of clinical sites, AFN students have opportunities to administer anesthesia to complicated pediatric and adult patients in a large teaching hospital and to patients of all ages in community hospitals and rural independent CRNA practices. Students obtain extensive hands-on clinical experiences in administering many types of regional anesthesia. Detailed information on clinical sites can be found on the Anesthesia for Nurses web page.


Year  Semester  Course Credit Hours
1 Summer AFN-820 Information Systems 3
    AFN-823 Research Mthds for Nurse Anest 3
    AFN-815 Prof Issues Seminar 1
    AFN-817 Chemistry and Physics of Anest 2
    AFN-811 Princ of Evidence-Based Prac 3
      Total Semester Hours 12
1 Fall AFN-819 Human Anatomy for Nurse Anes 5
    AFN-821 Adv Health and Phys Assessment 3
    AFN-800 DNAP Seminar I 2
    AFN-825 Adv Physiology and Pathophys 5
      Total Semester Hours 15
1 Spring AFN-871 Managing Change in Healthcare 3
    AFN-827 Basic Prin of Anes Practice 3
    AFN-831 Clinical Simulation I 2
    AFN-802 DNAP Seminar II 2
    AFN-861 Foundations in Leadership 3
    AFN-835 Adv Pharmacology I 3
      Total Semester Hours 16
2 Summer AFN-809 Mgmt Prin for Nurse Anes Prac 3
    AFN-832 Clinical Simulation II 2
    AFN-836 Advanced Pharmacology II 4
    AFN-829 Adv Princ of Anes Practice 5
      Total Semester Hours 14
2 Fall AFN-838 Intro to Clin Anesthesia 3
    AFN-841 Anesthesia Practicum I 5
    AFN-833 Clinical Simulation III 1
      Total Semester Hours 9
2 Spring AFN-842 Anesthesia Practicum II 10
    AFN-806 Foundations in HC Policy 3
    AFN-803  DNAP Seminar III   2 
      Total Semester Hours 15
3 Summer AFN-843 Anesthesia Practicum III 10
    AFN-805 Teaching and Learning 2
      Total Semester Hours 12
3 Fall AFN-844 Anesthesia Practicum IV 10
    AFN-804 DNAP Seminar IV 2
    AFN-807 Principles of Pain Management 2
      Total Semester Hours 14
3 Spring AFN-845 Anesthesia Practicum V 10
    AFN-813 Clin Sim in Crisis Management 1
      Total Semester Hours 11
      Total Credit Hours 116