DNP Nurse Anesthesia Curriculum

The curriculum of the DNP Nurse Anesthesia concentration provides the student with scientific, clinical, and professional foundations upon which to build a sound and safe clinical practice. This three year (9 semester), full-time program offers concentrated courses in anatomy/physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, basic and advanced principles of anesthesia, and professional roles. Courses in anesthesia practice provide clinical practicum encompassing all anesthetic techniques to diverse patient populations. The supervised clinical practice provides students the opportunity to incorporate didactic anesthesia education into clinical practice. During the clinical experience, students are supervised by anesthesiologists/nurse anesthetists who provide instruction in the safe administration and monitoring of a variety of techniques including both general and regional anesthesia.

This advanced practice nursing option includes client-oriented practice as well as foundation in core courses, which serve to develop clinical scholars. Courses include content in advanced evidence-based practice and proposal writing; data management in healthcare; theories in nursing and other health care disciplines with particular emphasis on utility in practice; and, sound decision-making within legal and ethical frameworks in a complex health care and policy-making system. Additional skills addressed in the program include information competence, critical thinking, problem solving within an inter-professional framework, advocacy, clinical prevention and population health, and organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking.

All nurse anesthesia concentration courses are held at Kaiser Permanente in Pasadena, CA and affiliated clinical sites utilizing state-of-the-art facilities. This concentration requires 110 units of full-time study including a doctoral project. Clinical hours are based on competency guidelines from KPSA.

Term Courses Units
Year 1 Fall NURS 542/L
NURS 601
NURS 602
NURS 605
NURS 615
NURS 640
Advanced Health Assessment (2) / Lab (1)
Theoretical Perspectives for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
Data Management, Quality Improvement, and Evaluation for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
Advanced Evidence-based Practice in Nursing (3)
Epidemiology and Clinical Prevention (3)
DNP Clinical Practicum: Professional Role Development (1)
16
Spring NURS 610
NURS 620
NURS 630
NURS 680
NURS 681
Leadership, Management, and Economics in Adv. Nursing Practice (3)
Informatics in Healthcare (3)
Healthcare Policy, Ethics, and Advocacy (3)
Advanced Pharmacology for Anesthesia I (3)
Anesthesia General Principles (3)
15
Summer NURS 682
NURS 683
NURS 684
NURS 685L
Anesthesia for Surgical Procedures and Special Populations (4)
Advanced Physiology (3)
Advanced Pharmacology for Anesthesia II (3)
Nurse Anesthesia Practicum I (2)
12
Year 2 Fall NURS 686
NURS 687L
NURS 695
NURS 697A
Pediatric and Obstetric Anesthesia (3)
Nurse Anesthesia Practicum II (5)
Seminar in Integrative Clinical Scholarship (Proposal Writing) (2)
Integrative Clinical Scholarship I: Evidence-based Practice (1)
11
Spring NURS 688
NURS 689L
NURS 697B
Advanced Pathophysiology for Anesthesia I (4)
Nurse Anesthesia Practicum III (6)
Integrative Clinical Scholarship II: Evidence-based Practice (3)
13
Summer NURS 690
NURS 691L
NURS 694
Advanced Pathophysiology for Anesthesia II (4)
Nurse Anesthesia Practicum IV (6)
Advanced Pharmacology for Anesthesia III (3)
13
Year 3 Fall NURS 692
NURS 693L
NURS 697C
Professional Nurse Anesthesia Role: Clinical Integration (3)
Nurse Anesthesia Practice (6)
Integrative Clinical Scholarship III: Evidence-based Practice (3)
12
Spring NURS 692
NURS 693L
Professional Nurse Anesthesia Role: Clinical Integration (3)
Nurse Anesthesia Practice (6)
9
Summer NURS 692
NURS 693L
Professional Nurse Anesthesia Role: Clinical Integration (3)
Nurse Anesthesia Practice (6)
9
TOTAL UNITS 110

*All courses and sequencing subject to change at any time.