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Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice

  • Entry Level DNAP Program Requirements

    This program is approved and accredited by the COA

     https://www.coacrna.org 

    Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs 10275 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 906, Rosemont, IL 60018-5603; 847.655.1160

    This is a new program.  After the first cohort of DNAP students graduate, the following cohort data will be published and this information will be updated on an annual basis to reflect subsequent cohorts' statistics:

    • Attrition rate (%)
    • Employment rate (%) of graduates as nurse anesthetists within six months of graduation
    • NBCRNA NCE pass rate for first-time taker

    DNAP Entry-level Program

    • A BSN or MSN from an ACEN, CNEA or CCNE accredited program
    • Current, valid RN license in U.S. state /territory or locale where student will complete clinical requirements
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00
    • Current minimum one-year full time adult ICU/critical care nursing experience (within the last five years) by the start of the program
    • CCRN certification not required, but highly recommended.
    • Current certifications in BLS, ACLS, and PALS
    • A minimum of one undergraduate course (3 credits) of Chemistry: Organic or Biochemistry (No General Chemistry) taken within 10 years of application with a final grade of "B" or higher
    • A minimum of one undergraduate course (3 credits) of Microbiology or Anatomy & Physiology taken within 10 years of application with a final grade of "B" or higher
    • A minimum of one undergraduate course (3 credits) of Basic Statistics taken within 10 years of application with a final grade of “B” or higher
    • A minimum of one undergraduate course (3 credits) of Research course taken with 10 years of application with a final grade of “B” or higher
    • Transfer credits will not be accepted
    • Shadowing experience required (note date, place and types of cases)
    • A 500-word essay addressing your career goals
    • Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references. One letter must be from a critical care supervisor.
    • Interview with the Admissions Committee
    • You will be contacted once the nurse anesthesiology program office has received all required documentation for this application. After an assessment of your completed application, you will be notified if you are eligible for an interview. Please note fulfilling the above requirements does not guarantee an interview or acceptance into the nurse anesthesiology program.
    • In addition to meeting the standard academic criteria for the program to which you are applying, international applicants must also demonstrate English proficiency. All international students must take one of the tests indicated below and meet the university minimum score requirement.   
      • A minimum TOEFL IBT of 79   
      • A minimum IELTS overall band score of 6.5     
      • A minimum Duolingo English test score of 105 
      • If you do not provide proof of English language proficiency through the above documentation, you will be tested upon arrival, and your first semester at La Roche University will be only ESL coursework. You cannot be waived from the ESL requirement.
       

      Once the University receives all required documentation for your application, La Roche will contact you. After an assessment of your completed application, La Roche will notify you on whether you are eligible for an interview. Please note: Fulfilling the above requirements does not guarantee an interview or acceptance into the nurse anesthesiology program. 

      For International Students

      In addition to meeting the standard academic criteria for the program to which you are applying, international applicants must demonstrate English proficiency. All international students must take one of the tests indicated below and meet the university minimum score requirement:

      • A minimum TOEFL iBT of 79
      • A minimum IELTS overall band score of 6.5
      • A minimum Duolingo English test score of 105
      • DNAP Completion Program Requirements

        This program is approved and accredited by the COA

         https://www.coacrna.org 

        Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs:  10275 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 906, Rosemont, IL 60018- 5603; 847.655.1160

          Advanced Standing Policy

          La Roche University offers advanced standing in the DNAP completion program for appropriate Master’s prepared Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) that graduated from a Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Program (COA) who wish to pursue a doctoral degree. All submitted applications will be reviewed by the anesthesia Program Director, Assistant Director, and graduate admission counselor to determine if advanced standing will be granted. Advanced standing will be granted upon admission. Competencies of the CRNA applicant will be assessed in three areas: clinical experience, letters of recommendation, and submitted essay of professional goals and research area of interest.

          CRNA’s with advanced standing complete the required coursework in 24 months. The schedule of classes is designed to accommodate working professionals. Most courses are offered in an online format and students will only need to come to campus for residency three times. Upon completion of the program, CRNA’s will receive a DNAP degree. All applicants will meet the same criteria as the entry-level DNAP.

          DNAP completion program requirements

          • Completed and signed application
          • Official transcripts 
          • Evidence of graduation from a Council on Accreditation (COA)-accredited nurse anesthesia educational program with a Master’s degree 
          • Certification as a CRNA 
          • Current, valid RN license 
          • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 
          • Current certifications in BLS, ACLS, and PALS 
          • A minimum of one undergraduate course (3 credits) of Basic Statistics taken within 10 years of application with a final grade of “B” or higher 
          • A minimum of one undergraduate course (3 credits) of Research course taken with 10 years of application with a final grade of “B” or higher 
          • Transfer credits will not be accepted 
          • Submission of a curriculum vitae and three professional references 
          • Interview with Admissions committee 
          • Submission of required essays: 
            • One essay will focus on the applicant’s professional goals 
            • The second essay should discuss the applicant’s research area of interest and proposed doctoral capstone project 
            • In your essay please include:  
              • Your area of interest (advanced clinical practice, administration, education) 
              • Potential clinical problem that you plan to focus on as your identified topic in the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Program 
              • Why you are interested in this clinical problem 
              • Why it is relevant for current society 
              • Why it potentially warrants evidence-based practice change 
              • How it is relevant to the role of the DNAP-prepared nurse and the implementation of evidence-based practice  
               
             
          • In addition to meeting the standard academic criteria for the program to which you are applying, international applicants must also demonstrate English proficiency. All international students must take one of the tests indicated below and meet the university minimum score requirement. 
          • A minimum TOEFL IBT of 79
          • A minimum IELTS overall band score of 6.5
          • A minimum Duolingo English test score of 105
          • If you do not provide proof of English language proficiency through the above documentation, you will be tested upon arrival, and your first semester at La Roche University will be only ESL coursework. You cannot be waived from the ESL requirement.

          Research Requirements

          Applicants must present evidence of a research thesis or evidence-based research to be considered for admission to the DNAP program. 

          Residency Requirements

          The DNAP Completion Program requires three immersion sessions spread throughout the curriculum.  Dates to be determined.

          The first-week residency is an intensive week in which students are required to attend classes and seminars on the La Roche University campus. 

          This intensive week is usually the week before classes begin in the fall, which is usually in August.  There are two additional residency sessions which are 2-3 days in length.

          The spring semester begins in January and summer semester begins in May.

          All residencies are mandatory.

          For International Students

          In addition to the requirements listed above, international students must:

          • Complete the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) process to evaluate the international license to practice nursing and any educational program transcripts
          • Provide a copy of U.S. Nursing License
          • In addition to meeting the standard academic criteria for the program to which you are applying, international applicants must also demonstrate English proficiency. All international students must take one of the tests indicated below and meet the university minimum score requirement. 
            • A minimum TOEFL iBT of 79 
            • A minimum IELTS overall band score of 6.5 
            • A minimum Duolingo English test score of 105
            • If you do not provide proof of English language proficiency through the above documentation, you will be tested upon arrival, and your first semester at La Roche University will be only ESL coursework. You cannot be waived from the ESL requirement.
             

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