nurse anesthesiology

Post-Master's DNP Track

The two-year, post-master's degree program is a designed for the practicing nurse anesthetist. 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

  • 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 (, 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
  • 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
    • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
 - Milwaukee, WI 53202-3470
 Telephone: 414- 289-3400     


The post masters to DNP track is 24 months in length and is designed for the nurse anesthetist to obtain the degree part -time. Post masters courses are designed to provide practicing CRNAs with additional skills such as quality improvement analysis, epidemiology and 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.

Fall Semester, First Year
Course Title Credits
NUR 685 Clinical Practicum I 1
NUR 516 Health Policy & Organizational Systems 3
NUR 520 Advanced Health Assessment I**  3
NUR 520L Advanced Health Assessment Lab** 2
BMS 500 Biostatistics 1
Total 5-10

Spring Semester, First Year
Course Title Credits
NUR 687 Clinical Practicum II 1
NUR 688 Human Factors and Patient Safety* 3
NUR 514 Epidemiology and Evidence Based Practice 3
Total 7

*Attendance at the Midyear Assembly will be required
**May be waived if taken in the nurse anesthesia program

Summer, First Year
Course Title Credits
NUR 689 Clinical Practicum III 1
NUR 692PBL Clinical Case Study Presentation 1
NUR 690 Patient Safety Seminar 3
NUR 678 Professional Aspects III 1
Total 6

Fall Semester, Second Year
Course Title Credits
NUR 691 Clinical Practicum IV 1
NUR 602 Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing 1
NUR 610 Clinical Scholarship and Inquiry 3
NUR 610PBL Portfolio Synthesis I 1
Total 6

Spring Semester, Second Year
Course Title Credits
NUR 693 Clinical Practicum V 2
BMS 612 Leadership & Collaboration for Change in Health Care 3
NUR 612PBL Portfolio Synthesis II 1
Total 6