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School of Nursing

Hamden, CT

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Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nurse Anesthesia Program at Quinnipiac University

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) in Nurse Anesthesia degree program at Quinnipiac University prepares professionals for careers and leadership as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in a program with a strong clinical focus, collaborative base, and access to Quinnipiac's outstanding facilities. Approved by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), the DNP in Nurse Anesthesia degree program offers both post-baccalaureate and post-master's options.

D.N.P. in Nurse Anesthesia: Post-baccalaureate Option

The post-baccalaureate D.N.P. in Nurse Anesthesia degree program is a full-time, three-year program for registered nurses with critical care experience. The program's curriculum consists of 16 core, 13 specialty, and seven clinical courses. Course topics include advanced physiology and pathophysiology, anatomy with cadaver lab, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology. Additional coursework covers basic and advanced principles of anesthesia, physics and advanced chemistry for anesthetic practice, patient safety, and ethics. Professional aspects of nurse anesthesia, biostatistics, clinical scholarship, health care leadership, epidemiology, and evidence-based practice are also part of the curriculum.

Post-baccalaureate D.N.P. in Nurse Anesthesia Degree Program: Admissions Criteria

Admissions criteria for the post-baccalaureate D.N.P. in Nurse Anesthesia degree program include a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing or appropriate science (such as pharmacology, health sciences, chemistry, or biology) from a regionally-accredited college or university. Registration as a professional nurse (R.N. or A.P.R.N.) in the United States (or its territories or protectorates) and a license in the state of Connecticut are also requirements. Additional criteria include a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and at least a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate science courses. Prerequisite courses include anatomy, physiology, chemistry (general/inorganic and organic), statistics, and microbiology.

D.N.P. in Nurse Anesthesia Degree Program: Post-master's Option

The post-master's D.N.P. in Nurse Anesthesia degree program is a two-year, part-time program for practicing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). The program provides additional skills including enhanced clinical experience, epidemiology and evidence based practice, human factors, patient safety, and quality improvement analysis. Its curriculum consists of a graduate nursing core, an advanced practice nursing core, and specialty content. It contains coursework in biostatistics, clinical scholarship, epidemiology, ethics, evidence-based practice, health care leadership, health policy, human factors and patient safety, and portfolio synthesis.

Post-master's D.N.P. in Nurse Anesthesia Degree Program: Admissions Criteria

Admissions criteria for the post-master's D.N.P. in Nurse Anesthesia program include a master's degree in nursing or appropriate science (such as nurse anesthesia, pharmacology, health sciences, chemistry, or biology) from a regionally-accredited college or university. Registration as a professional nurse (RN or APRN) in the United States (or its territories and protectorates) and a license in the state of Connecticut (an A.P.R.N. license is required for CRNAs) are also requirements. Additional criteria include a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in graduate-level science courses. Prerequisite courses taken at the graduate level in a nurse anesthesia program include anatomy, physiology, chemistry, physics, statistics, and research and pharmacology. A physical assessment course is also completed either at the master's level or during the doctoral degree program.

Clinical Education

Students receive training in regional anesthesia and ultrasound-guided procedures in simulation and cadaver labs before working with patients in clinical settings. Students in the post-baccalaureate program complete clinical rotations at hospitals, community health centers, private primary care offices, specialty offices, and college health settings. Students in the post-master's degree program complete specific clinical projects at their places of employment.

Accomplished Nursing Faculty

Nursing faculty members at Quinnipiac University are accomplished practitioners, outstanding teachers, and skilled researchers. They welcome diversity of cultures, ideas, and persons, and support students in advancing their nursing education and careers. Cynthia Barrere, Ph.D., RN, CNS, AHN-BC, professor of nursing and director of faculty development, is also a board-certified advanced holistic nurse who has published more than 20 articles and book chapters. Her research examines methods to integrate traditional nursing interventions with holistic nursing practices to improve patient outcomes. Mary Helming, Ph.D., APRN, FNP-BC, AHN-BC, is also a professor of nursing and certified advanced holistic nurse. She has worked in employee and student health, family practice, internal medicine, and urgent care, and she has published several articles and book chapters.

Quinnipiac University--Creating Leaders in Academia and the Community

Established in 1929, Quinnipiac University is a private, coeducational institution located in Hamden, Connecticut, in the northeastern region of the United States. It offers nearly 60 undergraduate majors and more than 20 graduate programs through the College of Arts and Sciences and seven schools: business and engineering, communications, education, health sciences, law, medicine, and nursing.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Doctoral Degrees 71

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

225
Applied
145
Accepted
104
Enrolled
64%

Applying

45
Application Fee - Domestic
Yes
Electronic
applications accepted?
Yes
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Entrance Requirements

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards June 1
Types of financial support available Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

288
Total Graduate Students
80%
International Breakout (representing other countries)
19%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 5.9%
Black or African American 13.89%
White or Caucasian 65%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.35%
Asian 7.99%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races 1.04%
Unknown 4.51%

Gender

Male (12%)
Female (87%)

Faculty

29
Total faculty
Full-time - 18
Part-time - 11
Male (4)
Female (25)

Research

Focus of faculty research: Decreasing social isolation of older adults, high fidelity simulation as a teaching method, teaching end of life care to nursing students, nurses with disabilities and practice roles, improving depression care of older home care patients, determining hip labral tears with new physical examination technique
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT  06518-1940
United States

Phone: 203-582-8200