What will I learn?

The Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program is a practice doctoral degree, which has two specializations. The first specialization is the Entry-level DNAP, designed for bachelor’s prepared licensed registered nurses to become certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) and provide discipline specific preparation in biology and anesthesia; the second specialization is the Advanced DNAP for master’s level practicing certified registered nurse anesthetists to become DNAP-prepared practitioners, and which allows these individuals to expand their background in areas of biology and anesthesia specific to their discipline.

This professional doctoral program provides a strong science background for those students wishing to emphasize the sciences. The program focuses on the use of critical thinking skills and analyses to evaluate clinical practice, health care, and patient safety; it builds on scientific and clinical skills from licensed registered nurse training and on experience as a critical care nurse. The DNAP prepares CRNAs for positions of leadership and management, patient care, and nurse anesthesia education.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Analyzes best-practice models for nurse anesthesia patient care management through integration of knowledge acquired from arts and sciences within the context of the scope and standards of nurse anesthesia practice.
  • Undertakes complex leadership role and integrate critical and reflective thinking to facilitate intra professional and interprofessional collaboration.
  • Uses evidence-based practice in clinical decision making, develop and assess strategies to improve patient outcomes and quality of care.
  • Evaluates the impact of public processes on financing and delivery of healthcare.
  • Assesses and evaluates health outcomes in a variety of populations, clinical settings, and systems.
  • Completes and disseminates scholarly work, demonstrating knowledge with an area of academic focus.
  • Uses information systems/technology and evaluate clinical and research databases to support and improve patient care and healthcare systems.
  • Demonstrates ability to advocate for health policy change to improve patient care and advance the specialty of nurse anesthesia.
  • Analyzes healthcare delivery systems, organizations, and risk management plans to improve outcomes for the patient, organization, and community.
  • Demonstrates ethical decision-making; and communicates and represents themselves in accordance with the Code of Ethics for CRNAs.

Which department am I in?

School of Engineering, Science, and Technology

Study options

Full Time (3 years including doctoral capstone)

Tuition fees
US$25,144.00 per year
USD $12,572 per term

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected August 2020


School of Engineering, Science, and Technology

Copernicus Hall - Room 2240700, 1516 Stanley Street,



06050, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

When applicable, evidence of successful completion of a master’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum 3.00 GPA, on a four-point scale (where A=4.00), will make the student eligible for admission to the School of Graduate Studies, and the undergraduate GPA will not be counted.  

For international students

Admission requirements to DNAP: Entry-level Specialization Program

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education and satisfy both the University's and the affiliated hospital school of nurse anesthesia’s criteria for acceptance. The BSN from an NLN or AACN accredited baccalaureate program in nursing or another appropriate baccalaureate degree (biology, chemistry, etc.) from a regionally accredited institution of higher education must be completed at the time of application.
  • Cumulative GPA 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale (A is 4.00).

Admission requirements to DNAP: Advanced Specialization Program

  • Graduation from a nurse anesthesia educational program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).
  • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education;
  • Cumulative GPA 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale (A is 4.00).
  • Current unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in one of the 50 states, a current certification in basic life support (BLS), and advanced practice nurse (if required by home state).

Applicant must have TOEFL score of Internet: minimum score 61; Computer: minimum score 173; Paper: minimum score 500 and IELTS minimum band score of 5.5 is required.

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About this uni

CCSU is where pioneering students are developed into thoughtful leaders who are ready for a dynamic global society.

  • Has an illustrious teaching history since 1849
  • Based in New Britain, Connecticut, two hours from NYC
  • 15:1 student-to-professor ratio
  • 85% of graduates stay in Connecticut area