Nurse Anesthesia Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

Nurse anesthesia at Villanova

Villanova University College of Nursing and Crozer-Chester Medical Center have collaborated on the development of a joint program to prepare Nurse Anesthetists who earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from Villanova University.

This Nurse Anesthesia DNP concentration in the Graduate Program prepares nurses with a sound base of theoretical knowledge and clinical experience in the practice of nurse anesthesia and professional leadership.

Master's/Post-master's Nurse Anesthesia Overview

It is the purpose of the nurse anesthesia concentration to provide the local community and beyond with competent nurse anesthetists. The faculty also believe that the doctorally prepared nurse anesthetist will be able to lead activities that support and enhance the profession of nurse anesthesia. Historically, our students have won various awards at state and national conventions and participated in local service events to both support the community and to raise awareness of nurse anesthetists.

Each didactic course and clinical educational area has a set of objectives. Both faculty and students utilize these objectives as educational guidelines to meet the learning outcomes in the field of nurse anesthesia.

The nurse anesthesia concentration is an integral part of the College of Nursing and has embraced the College's philosophy as its own. The following competencies were developed to conform to the mission and philosophy of the University and of College of Nursing. At the completion of this concentration, the graduate will be able to:

  • Integrate scholarship and clinical experience based upon evidence to support best practices of nurse anesthesia.
  • Manage the complexities of anesthesia care from preoperative assessment through the post anesthesia period using all available technologies.
  • Analyze issues and trends in healthcare for their impact on the practice of nurse anesthesia.
  • Implement the role of nurse anesthetist to ensure continuity of care and safe effective practice.
  • Implement quality improvement initiatives that conform to AANA’s Professional Practice Standards.
  • Analyze the broad context or system within which nurse anesthesia is practiced.

The first year of study primarily consists of didactic content in order to prepare the student for integration into the clinical area.  Subsequently, the didactic and clinical portions are integrated. The student will gain clinical experience through rotations at multiple clinical affiliating sites. You will progress from simple to complex cases, completing 1600-2000 hours of clinical experience and no less than 600 cases during the course of the program. The student to faculty ratio never exceeds 2:1, and a certified registered nurse anesthetist or an anesthesiologist will supervise you in the clinical setting. You will be placed “on call” during the Spring semester of the second year to gain experience with emergency surgery. Other specialty rotations include pediatrics, obstetrics, cardiac and regional anesthesia.  

Applicants with an MSN Degree

If you have an MSN and would like to become a nurse anesthetist, you can enroll in the Nurse Anesthesia DNP Program. MSN Applicants will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for course and/or credit transfer.