What is Nurse Anesthesia at WVU like?
The DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program prepares registered nurses to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) through a rigorous, challenging curriculum based on the Standards of Accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) and the DNP Essentials of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Only offered as a full-time program, students are required to take 88 credits over 3 years or 9 continuous semesters.
Nurse anesthesia practice covers the continuum of care from pre-operative assessment to discharge from the recovery unit. Nurse anesthetists interview and assess each patient to best formulate and implement an individualized plan of care while collaborating with members of a multi-disciplinary health care team. This curriculum features courses that prepare nurse anesthetists to translate evidence to practice and become organizational leaders. The DNP Nurse Anesthesia program prepares students through course work that develops knowledge and skill in anesthesia practice as well as in translation and implementation of evidence to practice to improve health outcomes for diverse populations.
NOTE: The DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program will not admit until Fall 2021.