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DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program

anesthesia student in simulation lab

 

The School of Nursing offers a BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program in Nurse Anesthesia. The 36-month program requires a minimum of 86 course credits, including core courses and anesthesia specialty courses. The program integrates research, physiology, pharmacology, pathophysiology, and anesthesia principles and prepares students for the national certification examination. The application deadline for the May 2021 class is September 13, 2020. Interviews will be held in late October. 

At this time, the program will not be offering early acceptance prior to the application deadline.

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Thursday, August 6th 5-7pm

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ADMISSION CRITERIA

Please visit our Admissions page for complete details on admissions requirements.

Program Mission

The Nurse Anesthesia Program's mission is to create an academic center of teaching and learning excellence for the advancement of nurse anesthesia practice. The program seeks to promote clinical scholarship and life-long learning and aims to support skilled and ethical service to our communities. Through nurse anesthesia research, education, and practice, students and faculty will seek to enhance the quality of life for people of all cultures, economic levels and geographic locations.

CURRICULUM

The BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program in Nurse Anesthesia is a 36-month program.

NURSE ANESTHESIA CURRICULUM

Program Director and core faculty

Professor Ian Hewer

 

Program Director
Ian Hewer, PhD, CRNA
Assistant Professor

Core Faculty
Cheryl JohnsonDNP, CRNA
Assistant Professor
Mark A. KossickDNSc, APN
Full Professor/Director of Graduate Programs
Mason McDowell, DNAP, CRNA
Assistant Professor

Reasons to Choose WCU’s Nurse Anesthesia Program

  

  

MSN in Nurse Anesthesia 2020 Student Data

2020 Class Profile

Female: 42.9%
Male: 57.1%
Average pre-admission overall GPA: 3.52

Attrition Rate

Attrition rate (2020): 12.5%
Overall attrition (2009-2020): 9%

Board Pass Rate

First-time test takers (2020): 86%
National average (2019): 84.80%

Overall pass rate (2009 - 2020): First-time test takers: 92.2%
Overall pass rate (2009 - 2020): 100%

Employment Rate

Employed within six months of graduation: 100% 
Overall employment rate within six months of graduation (2009 - 2019): 100%

Accreditation

The DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs (COA). The Council on Accreditation is a specialized accrediting body recognized by both the United States Department of Education and Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). In May 2017, the DNP Program received initial accreditation through 2022 (222 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068, 847-655-1160).
COA website

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