The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) Program at Virginia Commonwealth University offers a practice doctorate for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) holding a master's degree. The program focuses specifically on nurse anesthesia and builds upon applicants' previous education and experiences as CRNAs. The DNAP prepares CRNAs to assume leadership positions in education, management, and clinical practice by offering a curriculum concentrating on patient safety and human factors, quality assessment and improvement, health care systems and organizations, leadership, best evidence for practice, and adult education.
The DNAP Program has been approved by the State Commission on Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).
|"I am fortunate and honored to be a graduate of VCU's DNAP program.
I found the curriculum to be challenging but constructed in a way that made goals attainable for those who were employed or learning via distance education.
The faculty, many of which are renowned leaders in the field of nurse anesthesia, were creative, energetic and accessible. It was clear that they were highly invested in the students' success. It was a privilege to be mentored by them.
After graduation from this phenomenal program, I approach my personal anesthetic practices with more clarity and precision and I have a broader perspective and keener understanding of the external forces which impact medical care in general. I highly recommend VCU's DNAP program without reservation."
— Marianne S. Cosgrove, CRNA, DNAP, APRN
School of Nurse Anesthesia
Hospital of St. Raphael
New Haven, CT
|"VCU's DNAP curriculum best matched my
interest in advancing safe patient care and developing professional leadership skills. The course work included
multiple patient safety initiatives including an evaluation of OR Systems to reduce medical error. An
exploration of healthcare ethics and policy issues present in today's changing healthcare environment was
enlightening. AANA Board members are faced with a plethora of issues involving CRNA practice and policy. Each
course prepared me for my AANA leadership roles as Region Director and Vice President. Finally, I appreciated
the interaction of face-to-face classroom time and on-line learning. The Richmond classroom instruction and
home-based, self-directed on-line program requirements provided positive input from faculty and support of
fellow classmates while maintaining an active career. Would I elect to enroll in the program again? You bet!"
— Janice J. Izlar, CRNA, DNAP