This is a program offered by Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s School of Health and Human Services. The qualified student is admitted to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and is directed toward the goal of earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nurse Anesthesiology. Saint Mary’s University believes in building and developing on the baccalaureate base with emphasis on a strong scientific and technical background. Graduates will be prepared to practice in a wide variety of settings and in diverse methods of administering a safe anesthetic. The graduate is eligible to write the certification examination as offered by the National Board of Certification and Re-certification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA). Successful completion of the examination entitles the graduate to be known as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).
DNP LEADERSHIP CORE
Outcome 1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge, skills, and judgment around human communication that facilitate an ability to work collaboratively with others.
Outcome 2. Employ leadership skills to influence healthcare policy, implement changes in care systems, and advance the profession.
Outcome 3. Utilize critical thinking to integrate quality assurance, resource allocation, and financial management policies into advanced nursing practice.
Outcome 4. Integrate professional ethical values guided by nursing scientific underpinnings and exercise ethically responsible judgment in all aspects of professional nursing practice.
DNP SCHOLARLY PROJECT CORE
Outcome 5. Demonstrate analytical methods for evidence-based practice within the framework of local and national social determinants of health.
Outcome 6. Analyze critical elements necessary to the selection, use and evaluation of health care information systems and patient care technology.
DNP SCIENTIFIC AND CLINICAL SCHOLARSHIP CORE
Outcome 7. Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability in designing, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based care to improve patient outcomes.
Program Structure and Delivery
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a full-time, three-year, 85-credit program based in the Twin Cities. Courses are offered via multiple modalities including online, blended, in person, and occasionally remotely.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program in Nurse Anesthesiology originated in response to the request of leaders in the healthcare field for graduate level education in the field of Nurse Anesthesiology. With this need in mind, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota developed this program.
With a focus on meeting the needs of adult learners, the program’s goal is to provide a positive and supportive learning environment, preparing the professional nurse in the art and science of anesthesiology and meeting the societal need for safe and competent anesthesia care.
The program provides the student with a curriculum that includes formal and informal instruction in scientific principles, clinical practice, and professional growth opportunities. Core values upheld by all members of this community include academic excellence, professionalism, personal integrity, empathy, and compassion. A shared sense of responsibility exists between the didactic and clinical faculty and the student to reach the goal of becoming a Nurse Anesthetist.