Department of Biology

Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice


CCSU's Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program was created in response to a critical workforce needs: not only is the demand for nurse anesthetists practitioners expected to increase dramatically in the coming years but also, beginning in 2025, all entry-level nurse anesthetists must possess an earned doctoral degree in anesthesia.

In collaboration with Yale New Haven Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia and Nurse Anesthesia Program of Hartford, our DNAP provides a practice-based doctoral degree in nurse anesthesia that will enable critical care registered nurses to become either certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA) or, for those possessing a Master’s degree, to become doctorally prepared practitioners to expand their background in clinical anesthesia with a focus on advanced sciences, leadership, and patient safety.

The DNAP curriculum is designed to focus on the development of advanced critical thinking skills, analysis of current research, evaluation of evidence-based clinical practices, health care policy, and human factors and patient safety. The DNAP degree will prepare CRNAs for positions of leadership and management, patient-centric care, nurse anesthesia education and clinical excellence.

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