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Combined Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (M.S.N.A.) and Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (D.N.A.P.)

Michael D. Fallacaro, D.N.S., CRNA
Professor and chair
mdfallac@vcu.edu
(804) 828-9808

Suzanne M. Wright, Ph.D., CRNA
Director of doctoral education
smwright@vcu.edu
(804) 828-9808

See the individual program pages for admission requirements specific to the separate degrees.

The combined M.S.N.A./D.N.A.P. program integrates master’s- and doctoral-level courses and awards a D.N.A.P. following successful completion of the M.S.N.A. The objective of the combined degree program is to prepare registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree for careers in nurse anesthesia that encompass professional practice, leadership and education. Students in the combined program can earn the doctorate in as little as one additional semester beyond the time required for the master’s program. Students are eligible to sit for the national certification exam following completion of the M.S.N.A., allowing the opportunity to seek professional employment while completing the D.N.A.P.

Students who wish to enter into the combined degree option must first be admitted to the M.S.N.A. program. Matriculated M.S.N.A. students who wish to enter combined program may apply to the D.N.A.P. program in the second semester of the master’s program. Applicants to the combined degree program must be enrolled in the M.S.N.A. program, have demonstrated good academic and clinical performance and be in good standing. Upon admission into the dual-degree program, students will enroll in courses applicable to both programs beginning in the fourth semester.

Graduates of the combined program will meet the objectives of both the M.S.N.A. and D.N.A.P. programs, which are outlined on the individual program pages in this bulletin. Accreditation information is also available on the program pages, as well as in the School of Allied Health Professions section of this bulletin.

Admission requirements

Students applying to the combined degree program must first obtain admission into the M.S.N.A. program. Requirements for admission to the combined program are:

Sample curriculum


Fall semester I
Credits
NRSA 601 Principles and Practice of Nurse Anesthesia I
4
NRSA 601L Laboratory in Principles and Practice of Nurse Anesthesia I
1
PHIS 501 Mammalian Physiology
5
PHTX 515 Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthetists I
3
 
13
 
Spring semester I
MEDC 532 Medicinal Chemistry for Nurse Anesthetists
3
NRSA 603 Principles and Practice of Nurse Anesthesia III
3
NRSA 622 Clinical Practicum I
1
NRSA 683 Research Methods in Nurse Anesthesia Practice
3
PHTX 516 Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthetists II
3
 
13
 
Summer semester I
NRSA 602 Principles and Practice of Nurse Anesthesia II
3
NRSA 623 Clinical Practicum II
3
NRSA 633 Pathophysiology for Nurse Anesthetists
3
NRSA 642 Professional Aspects Anesthesia Practice I
1
 
10
 
Fall semester II
ALHP 708 Ethics and Health Care
3
NRSA 604 Principles and Practice of Nurse Anesthesia III
2
NRSA 624 Clinical Practicum III
6
NRSA 645 Professional Aspects of Anesthesia Practice II
1
 
12
 
Spring semester II
ALHP 701 Health Services Delivery Systems
3
NRSA 605 Principles and Practice of Nurse Anesthesia IV
2
NRSA 625 Clinical Practicum IV
6
NRSA 647 Professional Aspects of Anesthesia Practice III
1
 
12
 
Summer semester II
DNAP 712 Leadership in Nurse Anesthesia Education
3
NRSA 626 Clinical Practicum V
6
NRSA 684 Evidence-based Decision Making in Nurse Anesthesia
3
 
12
 
Fall semester III
ALHP 760 Biostatistical Methods for Health Related Sciences
3
DNAP/NRSA 701 Human Factors and Patient Safety for Nurse Anesthetists
3
DNAP 789 Nurse Anesthesia Professional Practice
6
 
12
 
Spring semester III
 
DNAP 702 Nurse Anesthesia Patient Safety Seminar
3
DNAP 711 Policy and Practice for Nurse Anesthetists
3
DNAP 799 Nurse Anesthesia Capstone Project
6
 
12

 

 

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