Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (Post Master's)

Angela Ciuca, PhD-c, DNAP, CRNA, Division Director

The MUSC College of Health Professions post-master’s Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Program (DNAP-PM) is designed for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) who already hold a master’s degree in nursing or in nurse anesthesia and are seeking opportunities to advance their knowledge and skills. Graduates of the DNAP program are prepared to create and lead new models of care delivery for communities locally, across the nation, and around the world. The 31-credit DNAP program offers a diverse selection of course work from health care leadership and healthcare economics to anesthesia crisis simulation and pain management.

The objectives of the post-master’s Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Program (DNAP-PM) program are to:

  • Empower CRNAs with the educational tools to assume leadership roles in health care
  • Expand the educational experiences of CRNAs with additional content in pain management and in crisis simulation
  • Develop and expand current clinical practitioner knowledge, skills and abilities in creating an evidence-based practice founded in scholarly research, best practice, and outcome evaluation.


The Medical University of South Carolina Anesthesia for Nurses Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 222 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068; (847) 655-1160. The program's next review by the COA is scheduled for May 2030. Additional information regarding the COA can be found at

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Learn more about the admission steps and requirements for the program.


Year 1, Summer

AFN 820 Information Systems 3
AFN 811 Princ of Evidence-Based Prac 3
Semester Total 6

Year 1, Fall

AFN 806 Foundations in HC Policy 3
AFN 800 DNAP Seminar I 2
Semester Total 5

Year 1, Spring

AFN 871 Managing Change in Healthcare 3
AFN 802 DNAP Seminar II 2
AFN 861 Foundations in Leadership 3
Semester Total 8

Year 2, Summer

AFN 805 Teaching & Learning 2
AFN 803 DNAP Seminar III 2
AFN 809 Mgmt Prin for Nurse Anes Prac 3
Semester Total 7

Year 2, Fall

AFN 804 DNAP Seminar IV 2
AFN 807 Principles of Pain Management 2
AFN 813 Clin Sim in Crisis Management 1
Semester Total 5
Curriculum Total 31