Doctor of Nursing Practice - Nurse Anesthesia

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Graduate Degree
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
9 Semesters

Overview

Westminster College’s Doctor of Nursing Practice - Nurse Anesthesia program allows students to master the intellectual and technical skills required to become competent in the safe administration of anesthesia. Graduates develop life-long critical thinking skills and the professionalism needed to become compassionate, patient-centered anesthesia providers, filling the urban and rural community needs for anesthesia providers.

Application for First Cohort Opens: July 1, 2021
Summer 2022 Application Deadline: September 30, 2021

Who It's For

Experienced, graduate level nurses with the highest level of didactic instruction, anesthesia simulation, and clinical site experiences will thrive in this program.

How Long It Takes

The program can be completed in 9 semesters over 3 years.

Accreditation Employers Trust

Westminster is committed to upholding the standards set forth by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and the Council on Accreditation (COA) to produce skilled nurse anesthetists who are qualified to sit for the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) Examination.

Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia to Doctor of Nursing Practice - Nurse Anesthesia Program Transition

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia educational program on January 1, 2022 or thereafter be enrolled in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree. In March 2021, Westminster’s Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program will submit its application to the COA for approval to award the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Upon approval by the COA, Westminster will enroll its first doctoral cohort in the new Doctor of Nursing Practice - Nurse Anesthesia program in May 2022.

The cohort beginning classes in May of 2022 will be admitted into a 36-month long program, culminating in a doctor of nursing practice degree.

Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by emailing Josh Fisher at jfisher1@westminstercollege.edu.

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About the Program

What You'll Learn

Graduates:

  • Evaluate delivery of a safe anesthetic with vigilant protection of the patient and prevention of complications.
  • Develop individualized perianesthetic care throughout anesthetic continuum to patients of all ages and physical conditions.
  • Integrate the skills and knowledge necessary to function as a resource person for airway and ventilator management of patients in a variety of settings.
  • Utilize critical thinking, decision making, and the application of sound principles and evidence-based research in practice.
  • Apply mastery of anesthesia concepts and skills by passing the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) Examination.
  • Use the verbal, nonverbal, and written communication necessary to influence patient care.
  • Integrate professional attributes necessary to accept responsibility and accountability of a new anesthesia practice.
  • Propose politically active advancements in nurse anesthesia.

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Tuition and Fees

At Westminster, we are committed to making your education affordable.

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Financial Aid

Westminster works with all students to determine the financial aid opportunities available to them. Federal financial aid is available and will be awarded on an individual basis to students who have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some federal financial aid programs require students to maintain the equivalent of full- or part-time enrollment.

Loans

Graduate students are eligible for Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Direct (grad) PLUS loans through the U.S. Department of Education’s federal student loan program.

Scholarships

Students who completed an undergraduate degree at Westminster are eligible to receive the Westminster Alumni Scholarship.

Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study is a federally funded program that provides job opportunities for students to earn money to help pay for college. Westminster employs hundreds of students each year in different areas.

Application Deadlines

Application for First Cohort Opens: July 1, 2021
Summer 2022 Application Deadline: September 30, 2021

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