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DNP-Nurse Anesthesia

Program

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The Drexel DNP-NA is a clinically focused practice doctoral degree that combines the scientific and theoretical underpinnings with an extensive clinical experience that culminates in the DNP Scholarly Project. The DNP-NA was developed in accord with the DNP Standards as mandated by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, as well as the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) DNP Essentials. The DNP-NA is a 39-month, 135-quarter credit, full-time integrated program that begins each Spring. The first three quarters of the program (Spring, Summer & Fall) are full time and offered entirely online. After the first nine months, students complete the remaining 30 months onsite at Drexel University's campus in Philadelphia. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is awarded a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and is eligible to take the national certification examination offered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).

Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions DNP-NA program is fully approved by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

Graduates of this program are able to provide safe, compassionate, culturally competent anesthesia care in rapidly changing practice environments across the lifespan. The DNP in Nurse Anesthesia educational experience will facilitate your professional growth and development into a competent, knowledgeable and vigilant nurse anesthesia practitioner.

What you will learn

  • The Nurse Anesthesia program is an advanced-practice nursing specialty track providing challenging learning experiences. You will be engaged to think critically and make evidence-based decisions to expand your nursing knowledge and enhance patient outcomes.
  • Students take part in nurse anesthesia clinical practicum under direct supervision of certified registered nurse anesthetists and/or physician anesthesiologists to learn how to administer a variety of anesthetics including sedation during monitored anesthesia care, general anesthesia, and regional anesthesia. Additional clinical subspecialty rotations provide anesthesia management experience for the obstetrical, pediatric, cardiac, and neurosurgical patients.

What makes the Drexel Nurse Anesthesia program unique?

  • Premiere clinical sites in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware providing comprehensive anesthesia case experience.
  • Smart classroom technology with archived lectures online to use for examination preparation.
  • You are part of the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions with access to clinical practice environments and interprofessional simulated health care scenarios.
  • The Nurse Anesthesia Program's attrition rate for the Class that graduated in May 2021 is 5%.
  • Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware RN licensure is required six months prior to the start of your clinical components. While this is not a requirement for admission, we recommend starting the process of obtaining licensure immediately after admission.

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Admissions Requirements

  • Completed online application
  • Degree Prerequisite:
    • For post-BSN applicants: A baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing (BSN) from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program.
    • For post-MSN applicants: A master’s degree with a major in nursing (MSN) from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program..
  • GPA Requirement:
    • A minimum 3.0 GPA is required for both Post-BSN and Post-MSN applicants.
    • Science GPA (minimum 3.0) calculation is based on inclusion of prior completed courses in the sciences. Classes eligible for entry on the science GPA form include: anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, anatomy & physiology, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, microbiology, genetics, pharmacology and any other specific science courses taken.
  • Certification and Transcripts:
    • Specialty Certification: CCRN or population-specific equivalent required.
    • Transcripts: official transcripts from accredited BSN/MSN program and all undergraduate and graduate schools attended (Please note that official transcripts can take up to six weeks to arrive)
    • Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that the applicant has attended.
    • Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school.
    • An admission decision may be delayed if transcripts are not submitted from all colleges/universities attended.
    • Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If the school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates.
  • GRE scores or waiver of eligibility: Applicants to the DNP-NA program who completed their education in the United States, with a BSN/MSN GPA and general science GPA greater than 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, are eligible to have the GRE requirement waived.
  • Professional licensure:
    • Current unencumbered United States Registered Nurse (RN) License with eligibility for licensure in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware
    • Current American Heart Association CPR (BLS) certification
    • Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification
    • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification
    • Please provide at least one of the following: PALS or ACLS. If admitted, you will be required to have the other certification by the time you enroll in the program.
    • Personal Statement/Essay:
      • Submit a statement of interest detailing your desire to pursue a career in nurse anesthesia practice, your long-term career goals, and identify a current clinical practice problem impacting nurse anesthesia practice.
      • Please limit your statement of interest to two pages, double spaced, using Times New Roman, 12-point font.
    • Current CV/Resume:
      • A current curriculum vitae detailing academic and professional experience.
    • References:
      • Three (3) references are required from the following individuals who can attest to the applicant's clinical knowledge, clinical skill, and potential aptitude for graduate-level study:
        • Nurse manager
        • Physician, or clinical supervisor
        • Clinical Educator, or professor
        • References will not be accepted from colleagues, friends, CRNA/anesthesiologist shadowed by the applicant, or family members
      • Applicants may use Drexel's electronic letter of recommendation service
      • If a recommender prefers to submit an original, hard copy letter, please remind them that it must include an ink signature and be submitted in a sealed envelope
    • Clinical Critical Care Experience: In accord with the council on accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia program standards,
      • Applicants to the DNP-NA program will possess a minimum of two years (post-orientation) full-time experience working with the most critically ill patients.
      • A minimum of two years current full-time critical care experience where the registered professional nurse has direct patient care and manages invasive hemodynamic monitors (such as pulmonary artery catheter; CVP; arterial), cardiac assist devices, mechanical ventilation, and vasoactive drips (such as norepinephrine, epinephrine; dobutamine; nicardipine; nitroglycerine).
      • Experience as a registered professional nurse in critical care nursing (ICU) based within the US or its military bases, in which the applicant has had the opportunity to develop independent decision-making, demonstrate psychomotor skills, and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring based on knowledge of physiologic and pharmacologic principles.
      • Preferred areas of practice include: SICU (Surgical Intensive Care), MICU (Medical Intensive Care), CVICU (Cardiovascular Intensive Care), Coronary Intensive Care, PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) and a Level I Emergency/Trauma Unit are also acceptable. Other areas may be considered provided competence can be demonstrated with invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.
      • The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs defines a critical care setting:
        • Critical care experience must be obtained in a critical care area within the United States, its territories or a US military hospital outside of the United States. During this experience, the registered professional nurse has developed critical decision making and psychomotor skills, competency in patient assessment, and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques. A critical care area is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered professional nurse manages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (e.g., pulmonary artery, central venous pressure, and arterial catheters), cardiac assist devices, mechanical ventilation, and vasoactive infusions. Examples of critical care units may include but are not limited to: surgical intensive care, cardiothoracic intensive care, coronary intensive care, medical intensive care, pediatric intensive care, and neonatal intensive care. Those who have experiences in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with managing unstable patients, invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology
        • The Nurse Anesthesia Program requires that all applicants must be able to meet the technical standards for admission, progression and graduation. The technical standards can be found by clicking on this link: Technical Standards-Nurse Anesthesia

 

Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSN) program received a maximum 10-year accreditation in 2010 from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). Per the decision letter dated August 27, 2020, the COA extended the program’s accreditation through October 2021. The MSN re-accreditation site visit was completed in March 2021. The length of the reaccreditation will be determined at the October COA board meeting. The program will be notified within four to six weeks after the board meeting of the COA’s decision.

Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions DNP-NA program is fully approved by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

Graduates of accredited programs are eligible to take the National Certification Exam (NCE) administered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) to be certified in every state as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) 222 S. Prospect Avenue Park Ridge, Ill. 60068-4001 Main Number: 847-655-1160 Fax: 847-728-8128 Email: accreditation@coacrna.org

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)
222 S. Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, Ill. 60068-4001
Main Number: 847-655-1160
Fax: 847-728-8128
Email: accreditation@coacrna.org

CCNE: The Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Drexel University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202.887-6791.

Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions DNP-NA program is fully approved by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

Upon successful completion of the DNP-NA program's outcomes, as specified by the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), the student is awarded a DNP and is eligible to take the National Certification Exam (NCE) offered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).

Drexel University Nurse Anesthesia MSN class of 2021 had an 94% first-time taker pass rate, and a 100% pass rate for repeat takers of the NBCRNA's NCE. The average number of clinical cases for the MSN class of 2021 was 761 with an average number of clinical hours of 2,408. The employment rate within six months of graduation for all of Drexel's 2021 MSN graduates was 100%.