The DNP Nurse Anesthesia Concentration at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, School of Nursing, offers a 111-credit hour, 36-month curriculum culminating in awarding a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree with a concentration in Nurse Anesthesia to successful candidates. Eligible and competitive applicants will be selected for a personal interview in late summer following the application deadline. Candidates selected for admission begin the program in January (Spring semester).
The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) accredits the nurse anesthesia program. Students who successfully meet the program's clinical, didactic, and scholarly project requirements will officially complete the program in December, 36 months after they begin their studies. Graduates are qualified to take the National Certification Examination (NCE) administered by the National Board on Certification and Recertification (NBCRNA).
The DNP Nurse Anesthesia Concentration curriculum design supports the development of safe, competent nurse anesthetists with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide anesthesia and anesthesia-related services across the lifespan. Integration of evidence into clinical practice and care delivery, provision of individualized patient-centered and culturally competent care, leadership abilities, and advocacy for patients and the profession are emphasized. The COA doctoral standards and AACN DNP competencies are incorporated into the curriculum. The curriculum's anesthesia-specific components feature courses and content addressing pharmacology, physiology, pathophysiology, chemistry and physics concepts, general and advanced principles of anesthesia care, anesthesia technology, patient safety, and professional role development. Simulation experiences, workshop opportunities, and task training labs are threaded throughout the curriculum.
The clinical anesthesia practicum courses begin in the spring semester in the second year of the program and continue throughout duration of the program. Students begin to administer anesthesia under constant supervision of clinical CRNA and physician anesthesiologist preceptors.
Students will complete a scholarly DNP project applicable to nurse anesthesia practice. It will reflect synthesis and application of knowledge gained throughout the curriculum and demonstrate the ability to translate research findings into practice.