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The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) credential came into existence in 1956. As one of four advanced practice registered nurse roles recognized in the U.S., CRNAs practice with a high degree of autonomy and professional respect. They carry a heavy load of responsibility and are compensated accordingly. The Old Dominion University DNP program with specialization in nurse anesthesia is a 97 credit, 36 month, full-time program that begins in May each year. Our program is a hybrid of on-campus and on-line classes. The curriculum is an assimilation of nurse anesthesia specialty and DNP courses. Each student is required to complete a scholarly project that addresses patient care, quality improvement, process improvement, or practice improvement.
90% National Certification Exam average pass rate over past six years
100% Graduate Employment Rate in 2022
13% Program Attrition Rate average over past six years
Students have clinical experiences in hospitals throughout Hampton Roads, as well as in secondary sites within and outside the region
Our long-standing partnerships with local primary clinical sites assure that students work with highly experienced anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists to develop their skills and competence in the professional role
Some of our primary clinical sites include: Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Sentara Leigh Hospital, Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, Sentara Careplex Hospital, Sentara Princess Anne Hospital
Accredited by The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)
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This course integrates scientific concepts with basic principles of anesthesia practice and prepares the student for their new role in the safe and effective delivery of anesthesia. Emphasis is on vital anesthesia monitoring and delivery systems. Airway management and general anesthesia techniques will also be discussed. Simulation is incorporated into the learning process to reinforce principles introduced in class. Prerequisite: NURA 745.
This course will develop and enhance the advanced practice nurse's knowledge of pharmacological management of the patient. Expanded knowledge and application of advanced pharmacologic concepts across the lifespan will build upon previous elemental concepts in pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics obtained in undergraduate education and clinical practice.
This course will prepare the DNP to assume a leadership role in developing, implementing, and advocating for health care policy that results in quality, accessible, comprehensive health care for vulnerable populations.
Students entering the Doctor of Nursing Practice program in Nurse Anesthesia should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)
The application deadline is September 15th.
Baccalaureate Degree in a related science. Nursing Preferred.
Current Licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse in VA.
Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale and grades in each required science and nursing course in the undergraduate nursing program of 3.0 or higher.
Undergraduate anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, either organic chemistry (preferred) or biochemistry courses, and successful completion of a course in statistics within 10 years of applying to the program.
Satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (combined score of 300). The Graduate Record Examination may be waived for Science GPA of 3.5 or higher. TO HAVE THE GRE WAIVED, YOU MUST CONTACT THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR at firstname.lastname@example.org to have your transcripts examined. Do not waive the GRE requirement yourself. We do not accept Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for a student whose native language is not English; a minimum score of 100 (iBT test) is required.
A personal interview with the interview committee (by invitation).
A minimum of one year (2080 hours) of full time nursing experience in an intensive care unit within the 2 years prior to application (2 years preferred). Clinical experience must be direct patient care. Emergency room, recovery room, operating room, labor and delivery, and step-down units do not satisfy the ICU experience.
Current certification in BLS, ACLS, and PALS.
CCRN certification is strongly encouraged.
Three professional references. One must be from immediate supervisor with contact number included.
Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid
Each year the program applies for traineeship funds from HRSA to support student education. Funding from scholarships is limited, and restricted to those students who meet need requirements.
Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.
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With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master's, education specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.