nurse anesthesiology

Post-Master's DNP Track

The post-master's degree program is a designed for the practicing nurse anesthetist and can be completed in two or three years. The program prepares the CRNA for leadership positions in clinical practice, education and management.

The curriculum contains courses in human factors and patient safety, ethics, biostatistics, clinical scholarship, health care leadership, health policy, epidemiology, evidence-based practice and portfolio synthesis.

Admissions Requirements

The application deadline is May 1.

  • A master's degree in nursing or an appropriate science such as biology, chemistry, health sciences, pharmacology or nurse anesthesia from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Registration as a professional nurse (RN or APRN) in the United States, its territories or protectorates. A license in the state of Connecticut will be required upon acceptance. APRN is required in Connecticut for CRNAs.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a 3.0 minimum in the graduate level science courses.
  • Core sciences courses required:
    • Anatomy*
    • Physiology*
    • Chemistry*
    • Physics*
    • Statistics*
    • Research and Pharmacology*
    • A Physical Assessment* course is required. A waiver may be granted if taken at the master's level, if not the course can be taken as part of the doctoral program.

*Graduate level and taken in the nurse anesthesia program

Required Documents

  • Application: Please complete an online application.
  • Application Fee: A $45.00 non-refundable application fee   
  • Resume: Current Resume
  • Personal Statement: Personal statement     
  • Two Recommendation/Evaluator forms: Recommendations (forms will be included with the online application) from a current supervisor and from the director of your nurse anesthesia program.
  • Official Transcripts: Submit official transcripts from ALL undergraduate, graduate and professional schools attended (including part-time and summer study). If you received transfer credit from another institution, it is still necessary to send a transcript from the original university. These transcripts must be provided in a sealed unopened envelope.   
  • Nursing License: You will be required to submit a Nursing license from the United States, its territories or protectorates to the Office of Graduate Admissions
  • Official NBCRNA Transcripts: Transcript showing graduation from an accredited Nurse Anesthesia program, Official transcript from the NBCRNA must be sent directly to the school. Contact NBCRNA for more information.  
  • Certification: Please email (graddocuments@quinnipiac.edu), fax (203-582-3443) or mail a copy of the certifications below:
    1. Current certification/recertification as a CRNA. 2. Current BCLS, ACLS, and PALS certifications.
  • Documentation of Current Practice as a CRNA: Evidence of current practice as a CRNA in the US, its territories or protectorates.
  • Clinical Verification Form for Post-Master's Applicants:  Post-master's applicants are required to provide verification from their prior master's program indicating the total number of supervised clinical hours that they completed as part of that program.  This form may be found at www.quinnipiac.edu/gradnursing
  • Interview: Personal interviews by invitation only will be scheduled, once an application is complete.   
  • Foreign Applicants:
    • Course-by-course credential evaluation by either:
      World Education Services, Inc. - 
P.O. Box 745
 -  Old Chelsea Station
 - New York, NY 10113-0745 
Telephone: 212-966-6311 or toll free 1-800-937-3895
-- www.wes.org
    • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
 - Milwaukee, WI 53202-3470
 Telephone: 414- 289-3400
 www.ece.org     

Curriculum: Two-Year Track

The post-master's to DNP track is 24 months in length and is designed for the nurse anesthetist to obtain the degree part-time. The degree is also offered in a three-year format.

Post-master's courses are designed to provide practicing CRNAs with additional skills such as quality improvement analysis, epidemiology, evidence-based practice, human factors and patient safety, and enhanced clinical experience. 

The curriculum for the nurse anesthesia program is designed to meet the standards of both "The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice" (AACN, 2006) and the "Standards for Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs" (COA, 2013). The curriculum for the nurse anesthesia program is based on the model of other Quinnipiac DNP graduate nursing programs and includes the graduate nursing core, advanced practice nursing core, and specialty content. 

The DNP program was accredited in October 2013 for compliance with the accreditation standards published by the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education.

Curriculum: 30-35 credits

Course Title Credits
First Year, Fall Semester
NUR 500 DE Biostatistics 1
NUR 516* Health Policy & Organizational Systems 3
NUR 520 Advanced Health Assessment I** 3
NUR 520L Advanced Health Assessment Lab** 2
NUR 685 Clinical Practicum I 1
**May be waived if taken in the Master's nurse anesthesia program Total 5/10
First Year, Spring Semester
NUR 514* Epidemiology and Evidence Based Practice 3
NUR 673 DE Clinical Practicum II/Patient Safety Seminar 1
NUR 688 DE Human Factors and Patient Safety 3
Attendance at Mid-Year Assembly required
Total 8
Summer 1
NUR 610* Clinical Scholarship and Inquiry 3
NUR 610 PBL DE Portfolio Synthesis I 1
NUR 675 DE Clinical Practicum III/Patient Safety Seminar 2
Total 6
Second Year, Fall Semester
NUR 602 DE Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing 1
NUR 612* Leadership & Collaboration for Change in Health Care 3
NUR 612 PBL DE Portfolio Synthesis II 1
NUR 671 DE Clinical Practicum IV/Patient Safety Seminar 2
Total 6
Second Year, Spring Semester
NUR 678 DE Professional Aspects (Educational Leadership) 1
NUR 692 DE Clinical Case Study Presentation 1
NUR 693 DE Clinical Practicum V 2
Total 4

Curriculum: Three-Year Track

The post-master's to DNP track is 24 months in length and is designed for the nurse anesthetist to obtain the degree part-time. The degree is also offered in a two-year format.

Post-master's courses are designed to provide practicing CRNAs with additional skills such as quality improvement analysis, epidemiology, evidence-based practice, human factors and patient safety, and enhanced clinical experience.  

The curriculum for the nurse anesthesia program is designed to meet the standards of both "The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice" (AACN, 2006) and the "Standards for Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs" (COA, 2013). The curriculum for the nurse anesthesia program is based on the model of other Quinnipiac DNP graduate nursing programs and includes the graduate nursing core, advanced practice nursing core, and specialty content. 

The DNP program was accredited in October 2013 for compliance with the accreditation standards published by the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education.

Curriculum: 30-35 credits

Course Title Credits
First Year, Fall Semester
NUR 500 DE Biostatistics 1
NUR 520 Advanced Health Assessment I** 3
NUR 520L Advanced Health Assessment I Lab** 2
NUR 685 DE Clinical Practicum I 1
**May be waived if taken in the Master's nurse anesthesia program
Total 2/7
First Year, Spring Semester
NUR 673 DE Clinical Practicum II/Patient Safety Seminar 1
NUR 688 DE Human Factors and Patient Safety 3
Total 4
Summer 1
NUR 602 DE Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing 1
NUR 675 DE Clinical Practicum III/Patient Safety Seminar 2
Total 3
Second Year, Fall Semester
NUR 516* Health Policy & Organizational Systems 3
NUR 691 DE Clinical Practicum IV/Patient Safety Seminar 2
Total 5
Second Year, Spring Semester
NUR 514* Epidemiology and Evidence Based Practice 3
NUR 693 Clinical Practicum V 2
Attendance required at Mid-Year Assembly
Total 5
Summer 2
NUR 610* Clinical Scholarship and Inquiry in Nursing 3
NUR 610 PBL DE Portfolio Synthesis I 1
Total 4
Third Year, Fall Semester
NUR 612* Leadership & Collaboration for Change in Health Care 3
NUR 612 PBL DE Portfolio Synthesis Seminar II 1
Total 4
Second Year, Spring Semester
NUR 678 DE Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia Practice III (Educational Leadership) 1
NUR 692 Clinical Case Study Presentation 1
Total 2