Meet Critical Workforce Needs.
CCSU’s Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program strives to train critical care nurses to become highly proficient nurse anesthesia practitioners. The demand for nurse anesthesia practitioners will increase dramatically in the coming years and, 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 Integrated Anesthesia Associates' 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 (CRNAs) or, for those possessing a master’s degree, to acquire a doctoral degree. Our program prepares practitioners to become leaders and experts in anesthesia care by providing a curriculum that includes an expanded understanding of evidence-based medicine, advanced sciences, bioethics, healthcare policy, and patient safety.
- Starts every May (Entry-Level Cohort) and August (Advanced Specialization Cohort)
- Entry-Level Cohort attend full-time, Advanced Specialization Cohort attend full- or part-time
- Dedicated faculty
- Central Connecticut State University is regionally accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE). Integrated Anesthesia Associates’ Nurse Anesthesia Program of Hartford and Yale New Haven Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia hold accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)
- Financial aid is available
Beginning in 2025, all entry-level nurse anesthetists must have a doctorate in anesthesia.