The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice

The DNAP will prepare the CRNA to serve in leadership roles within the health care system. The curriculum will promote the use of evidence-based practice as a means to prioritize direction for process change. The learner will manage a capstone project that will build as the learner progresses through each consecutive class. Projects will focus on anesthesia clinical practice, educational presentation or management improvement strategies.

The small class size will allow for individualized instruction. A one-on-one adviser will assist the learner in developing scholarly work that will build skills for future projects. The advisers will be seasoned faculty who have been in anesthesia practice for many years, serving in multiple roles, including military, leadership and clinical practice. 


The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program is committed to offering professional graduate education for master’s degree-prepared CRNAs.  The program:

  • Develops motivational leaders ready to meet the challenges needed to advance anesthesia practice.
  • Develops CRNAs with superior levels of knowledge in anesthesia theory and practice.
  • Establishes CRNAs who are proficient in evidence-based practice initiation leading to practice change.
  • Prepares CRNA leaders for the future with the knowledge and skills to meet the demands of a rapidly changing health care system.
Requirements for a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice

Required Courses (30 credits):
DNAP 800 Evidence-Based Practice  - 3 credits
DNAP 810 US Health Care Systems - 3 credits
DNAP 820 Research Methods - 3 credits
DNAP 830 Risk Management and Patient Safety - 3 credits
DNAP 840 Ethics - 3 credits
DNAP 850 Leadership - 3 credits
DNAP 860 Health Care Economics  - 3 credits
DNAP 870 Health Care Informatics - 3 credits
DNAP 900 Capstone I - 2 credits
DNAP 910 Capstone II - 2 credits
DNAP 920 Capstone III- 2 credits

Course Format 
Classes will be offered cohort-style with hybrid presentation.  Students will be required to attend one week of intensive class meetings on campus each semester.  Students will then communicate with faculty online for the completion of the course.  Sessions will begin each August offering a small class size.

Faculty and Staffdnap-faculty-staff

Michael A. DeBroeck, CRNA, DNP, Director
Dr. DeBroeck joined the Excela Health School of Anesthesia as the education coordinator in October 2008. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, 1985. In 1996, he was awarded a Master of Health Science (Anesthesia) degree from Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth. Dr. DeBroeck received his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Robert Morris University in 2011. He retired from the Air Force in 2005, where he held many anesthesia positions including director of anesthesia and director of perianesthesia services. His clinical experience includes a large amount of regional anesthesia in independent anesthesia settings as well as anesthesia in austere environments during deployments.


Susan M. Tranchine, CRNA, PhD, Assistant Director
Dr. Tranchine is a graduate of the Excela Health School of Anesthesia and is a practicing CRNA with Excela Health Anesthesia Associates. Having earned her MEd and PhD, Tranchine served as Director of Anesthesia Services at Citizen's General Hospital and Mercy Jeannette Hospital. In addition to her administrative and clinical duties, she has experience as an expert witness in anesthesia litigation and as a peer review consultant.


Danielle Gray, CRNA, DNAP, Education Coordinator
Gray graudated from Carlow University on 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and for the next two years, worked at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, as a staff RN. She then attended the Excela Health School of Anesthesia, graduating in 2010. Prior to accepting the position of Education Coordinator, Gray worked as a staff CRNA at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. She will be among the first cohort to graduate from Excela Health School of Anesthesia with a Doctorate in Nurse Anesthesia Practice in December 2015.


Adjunct Faculty

Renee Harvey, CRNA, DNP
Dr. Harvey graduated from Westmoreland-Latrobe Hospital School of Anesthesia in 1996 and is a staff CRNA at Uniontown Hospital.  She also served as Uniontown Hospital's clinical coordinator for the School of Anesthesia for many years.  She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from Robert Morris University in May 2011.

James G. Barnett
As a professor of biology, Dr. Barnett completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Animal Physiology at the University of California.  A former research fellow  with the National Researcg Council/National Aeronautics and Space Administration, he came to Saint Vincent College in 1982 to teach biology.  His research interests include skeletal muscle biology and exercise physiology. 

Daryle H. Fish, PhD
Dr. Fish is an associate professor of chemistry at Saint Vincent College.  He graduated from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  He joined the SVC faculty in 1992 and teaches a number of courses related to organic chemistry.  His research interests in clude chemincal education, medicinal chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, and polymer chemistry.

Stephen Jodis, PhD
Serving as the Dean of the Herbert Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computing, Dr. Jodis was employed for 21 years at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga., where he held numerous leadership positions.  He is a graduate of Auburn University, Ala., with degrees in computer science and engineering.  His research interests have varied across the years from software transportation systems and software development environments to software metric, computer science education, and, most recently, cyber security.  Dr. Jodis has participated in several National Science Foundation review panels.  He has also served as an ABET evaluator (ABET is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that accredits college and university programs in disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology) for the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) and is currently an ABET-CAC Commissioner.

Michael E. Rhodes, PhD
An associate professor of biology, Dr. Rhodes is a graduate of Saint Vincent College and Duquesne University with advanced degrees in Pharmacology.  He has served as a postdoctoral research fellow at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, with continuing employment in the Department of Medicine as a research professor.  At obtained additional fellowship training at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.  Over the past 17 years, he has taught numerous pharmacology courses at Carlow University, Duquesne University and Saint Vincent College.  His laboratory focus encompasses sex differences and cholinergic regulation of stress-responsive hormones of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal cortical axis.  He has published more than 35 peer reviewed, scientific articles, reviews, and book chapters, and has presented his findings at over 45 conferences.  He holds a U.S. patent.


John M. Borza MBA, CRNA, DNP
The Nurse Anesthesia Director, Dr. Borza is a graduate of Western PA Hospital School of Nursing, Allegheny Valley Hospital School of Anesthesia, LaRoche College, Tiffin University, and Robert Morris University. Dr. Borza began his Doctorate studies at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.  While he was a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University, he procured Teaching Strategies in Nursing to teach the University of Pittsburgh School of Nurse Anesthesia students neurology anesthesia.  He enjoys teaching the nurse anesthesia students in class and in the clinical setting.

Linda R. Stumpf, PhD, RN, NHA
An adjunct professor in the Health Science Masters Program, Dr. Stumpf is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Stumpf enjoys being productive and sharing her knowledge and experiences while helping others learn.  

Nancy Rottler
Accreditations and Affiliationsdnap-accreditations
Accreditations and Affiliations

The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice  is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthetists.

  • How to Apply

    Application Requirements: 

    1) Completed online application (no longer accepting new students)
    2) Official transcripts from all graduate colleges attended
    3) Three letters of recommendation
    4) Curriculum vitae
    5) Interview

    All application materials should be mailed directly to: School of Anesthesia, One Mellon Drive, Latrobe, PA 15650 

    Required for admission: 

    1) Current certification as a registered nurse anesthetist
    2) Certification/recertification throughout the length of the doctoral program
    3) GPA of 3.25 of higher in a related master’s degree program
    4) Completion of at least 3 credits in graduate-level research
    5) Basic computer skills in Word, Excel and PowerPoint