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June 28, 2022

La Roche University Announces New DNAP Programs

 PITTSBURGH, June 28, 2022 – La Roche University now offers two pathways for students to earn a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice: an Entry Level DNAP Program and a DNAP Completion Program.    

Both programs, approved and accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, have enrollment planned for Fall 2022.

Associate Provost and Academic Dean Rosemary McCarthy, Ph.D., RN, said, “With an ever-changing health care environment, it is imperative that providers continually expand their knowledge base and skill sets. La Roche’s DNAP programs respond to today’s health care needs and position graduates for advanced leadership roles involving health care policy, administration and education. La Roche and the nurse anesthesia faculty have had a proud history of meeting the challenges of changing health care trends and conforming and adopting to new academic standards.”   

The Entry Level Program prepares graduates to assume leadership positions as nurse anesthetists, with the ultimate goals of improving health care and patient outcomes. The DNAP Completion Program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals, and for those who already are licensed as nurse anesthetists. Offered as a part-time option with six consecutive semesters, the Completion Program begins in early fall with a weeklong residency on campus. Classes are offered within a 15-week format.  

The transition to the practice doctorate for nurses and other non-physicians in the U.S. has been driven by national health care policy that attempts to reduce medical errors, mediate health care costs and improve quality and outcomes for patients. Practice doctorates have been established for many health professions in environments such as: optometry, audiology, pharmacy and physical therapy. 

La Roche’s DNAP programs respond to the needs of today's complex health care environment. Doctoral candidates receive a practice-based education that covers the science, strategies and economics behind providing the highest level of patient care. 

The DNAP offerings are two of four new graduate programs announced this year at La Roche. In January the University launched a Master of Arts in Teaching, and a Master of Arts in Communication this April. 

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Howard Ishiyama, Ph.D., said, “A diversified academic portfolio is La Roche University’s response to the need for graduate-level education in various industries. La Roche is proud to deliver an education that prepares our students for these in-demand fields.” 

A list of application requirements is available online. For more information please contact the Office of Graduate Studies & Adult Education at or 412-536-1260.