Doctor of Nursing Practice Anesthesia
The doctor of nursing practice (DNP) in nurse anesthesia concentration prepares students as expert clinicians for every stage and setting in which anesthesia is delivered to patients. Students gain hands-on experience in a variety of regional (neuraxial and peripheral block) and general anesthesia techniques under the supervision of certified registered nurse anesthetists and MD faculty. From routine surgical cases, to trauma, to major burn situations, you'll work on a variety of scenarios to expertly prepare you for the challenges that lie ahead.
In addition to becoming skilled clinicians, graduates are prepared to be healthcare leaders who can care for a variety of patients within their specialty, while using a cross-population perspective to assess, manage, and evaluate common problems. Graduates will apply knowledge about organizations, business management, information technology, and policy-making to improve systems of healthcare delivery. They are also prepared to assume a variety of leadership roles, including executive positions in healthcare organizations, directors of clinical programs, and university-based faculty positions with a clinical focus.
The Fairfield University Nurse Anesthesia Program was accredited in 2010 by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) for a period of ten years extending to 2020. Individuals requesting additional information can contact the council at 222 S. Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, Ill. 60068-4001 or phone (847) 655-1160. View a complete list of COA accredited programs.
The first time certification examination pass rate over the past 5 years have averaged 75%, with over 90% second time board pass rate. The first time board pass rates in 2014 were 50% with a 90% second time board pass rate. The attrition rates for the most recent graduating class is 0%. All graduates have been employed by the date of graduation.