Nurse Anesthesia Doctor of Nursing Practice
This Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) specialty is a full-time, 36-month plan of study that prepares students to provide anesthesia services to a diverse diagnostic and surgical population. The curriculum is offered in a multidisciplinary framework, with the majority of the didactic instruction completed during the first year.
Clinical education is provided in the second and third years of the program, during which time students return to the School of Nursing for classes one day a week. The curriculum includes content in physiology, pathophysiology, chemistry, physics, evidenced-based principles, biostatistics, research, and pharmacology. Some courses are Web-based.
Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination offered by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
Sample Plans of Study
|Semester and Course Number/Title||Credit/Clinical Hours|
|Summer Year 1|
|NURS 616: Chemistry of Nurse Anesthesia||2 Credits|
|NURS 613: Principles of Nurse Anesthesia I||3 Credits|
|NURS 617: Technology & Physics of Nurse Anesthesia||2 Credits|
|Fall Year 1|
|NPHY 612: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology||3 Credits|
|NRSG 603: Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesia I||3 Credits|
|NDNP 819: Health Assessment Across the Life Span||4 Credits|
|NURS 614: Principles of Nurse Anesthesia II||3 Credits|
|Spring Year 1|
|NRSG 790: Application of Science for Evidence-based Practice||3 Credits|
|NRSG 795: Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice||3 Credits|
|NPHY 625: Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurse Anesthesia||3 Credits|
|NURS 615: Regional Anesthesia||2 Credits|
|NURS 604: Advanced Pharmacology II||3 Credits|
|Summer Year 2|
|NRSG 604: Population Health and Promotion||3 Credits|
|NRSG 785: Professional Writing||1 Credit|
|NURS 654: Principles of Nurse Anesthesia III||3 Credits|
|Fall Year 2|
|NDNP 804: Theory for Evidence-based Practice||3 Credits|
|NRSG 782: Organizational and Systems Leadership||3 Credits|
|NURS 672: Principles of Nurse Anesthesia IV||3 Credits|
|NURS 637: Practicum I||4 Credits|
|Spring Year 2|
|NDNP 807: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care||2 Credits|
|NDNP 808: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care Practicum||1 Credit|
|NURS 810: Evidence-based Health Policy||3 Credits|
|NDNP 811: Scholarly Project Development||1 Credit|
|NURS 657: Practicum II||4 Credits|
|Summer Year 3|
|NURS 834: Translation and Outcomes of Evidence-based Practice||3 Credits|
|NURS 673: Practicum III||3 Credits|
|Fall Year 3|
|NDNP 812: Scholarly Project Implementation||1 Credit|
|NURS 670: Anesthesia Seminar I||2 Credits|
|NURS 674: Practicum IV||4 Credits|
|NDNP 814: Practice Leadership Within Complex Adaptive Health Care Systems||3 Credits|
|NDNP 817: Practice Leadership Within Complex Adaptive Health Care Systems Clinical Practicum||2 Credits|
|Spring Year 3|
|NURS 642: Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia||1 Credit|
|NDNP 813: Scholarly Project Evaluation/Dissemination||1 Credit|
|NURS 675: Anesthesia Nursing Seminar II||3 Credits|
|NURS 676: Clinical Practicum V||4 Credits|
Joseph Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, associate professor
Assistant Specialty Director:
Veronica Amos, PhD, CRNA, assistant professor
Sheena Jackson, MS, 410-706-1995
What type of work experience is required to be eligible to apply?
At least one year of acute care nursing experience is required at the time of application. We prefer experience in large, busy surgical or cardio-thoracic intensive care units. Nursing experience in ER, OR, PACU, NICU, step-down, or telemetry units do not meet this acute care experience requirement. In the past, the average work experience of our accepted applicants was five years.
Who should I ask to complete my reference letters?
At least one recommendation should be from your acute care unit manager or supervisor. This recommendation should address your overall work performance, team member activities, and experience with various critically-ill patients and techniques such as, but not limited to, central line monitoring, ventilator care, and infusion therapy. Candidates may submit a separate word document with the narrative of the recommendation.
How competitive is the application process?
The selection process is very competitive. The admissions committee evaluates applicants’ past academic performance, work experience, and letters of recommendation. The number of applicants varies each year.
Can I work while I’m enrolled in this program?
The nurse anesthesia program is a rigorous and demanding full-time program. Students are enrolled in approximately 15 graduate credits per semester during the first year. The clinical education phase begins the first summer and is full-time, requiring 40-50 hours per week.
Is there anything else I can do to strengthen my application?
We highly recommend that you spend several hours shadowing a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in your current workplace. Most anesthesia departments are happy to assist you with this experience.
Many applicants have found it helpful to take a graduate-level physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, or research course before entering the program. You may take these courses at a university of your preference. The University of Maryland School of Nursing allows you to transfer in two courses. We recommend that you take NPHY 612 and NRSG 795.
How can I get additional information?
You can get additional information by emailing email@example.com, or calling 410-706-1995.