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.

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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
    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