As a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) Program student, you receive education and experiences in:

  • Doctor of nursing practice "essentials," such as leadership, evidence-based practice, epidemiology, informatics, ethics, education, and health care policy and delivery
  • Basic and advanced anesthesia sciences
  • Investigational theory
  • A wide variety of required novice and advanced clinical experience*
  • A wide variety of required novice and advanced nursing practice courses (essentials) with an emphasis in the nurse anesthesia profession*

The academic portion of the traditional program totals 86 didactic semester credits. Of the didactic credits, 17 semester credits are capstone research and completion credits. The clinical experience (30 semester credits) stresses cognitive processing, problem-solving and proficiency in psychomotor skills.

*Throughout the program, some coursework is completed using a distance education format. Courses will be provided via a hybrid distance education model.

Program schedule

The DNAP Program requires full-time study for 42 months.

All student registered nurse anesthetists must successfully complete the following course requirements.

Didactic coursework

There are 86 total didactic credits.

First year
NA6001* Summer 1 Curriculum and Instruction for Nurse Anesthesia 1
NA6003* Summer 1 Introduction to Technology and the Practice of Nurse Anesthesia 2
NA6120* Spring 1 Nursing Information Management and Data-Based Decision-Making 3
NA6130* Fall 1 Organizational and Systems Leadership 3
NA6140* Fall 1 Evidence-Based Practice 3
NA6150* Spring 1 Health Policy/Quality Health Delivery 3
NA6421* Summer 1 Statistics and Research Methods I 1
NA6422* Fall 1 Statistics and Research Methods II 2
NA6501 Fall 1 Capstone Research I 1
NA6502 Spring 1 Capstone Research II 1
    Total 20

*Course is provided in hybrid distance education format.

Second year
NA6007 Fall 2 Medical Physiology I 2
NA6008 Spring 2 Medical Physiology II 2
NA6009 Fall 2-Spring 3 Enrichment Practicums 2
NA6020 Fall 2 Fundamentals of Anesthesia 2
NA6023 Summer 2 Pharmacology for Anesthesia I 2
NA6024 Fall 2 Pharmacology for Anesthesia II 2
NA6025 Fall 2 Advanced Anesthesia Pharmacology 2
NA6026 Fall 2 Inorganic, Organic, Biochemistry for Anesthesia 2
NA6027 Fall 2 Physics for Anesthesia 2
NA6028 Fall 2 Introduction to Clinical Anesthesia 2
NA6030 Fall 2 Integrated Physiology & Pathophysiology 2
NA6050 Spring 2 Obstetric, Pediatric & Geriatric Anesthesia 3
NA6061 Spring 2 Pulmonary Pathophysiology, Postoperative Care & Crisis Resource Management (CRM) 2
NA6206 Fall 2 Advanced Health Assessment 2
NA6210 Spring 2 Case Conferences I 1
NA6400 Spring 2 Anatomy for Nurse Anesthetists 2
NA6503 Summer 2 Capstone Research III 1
NA6504 Fall 2 Capstone Research IV 2
NA6505 Spring 2 Capstone Research V 2
    Total 37
Third year
NA6051 Cardiac, Vascular & Thoracic Anesthesia 2
NA6052 Neuro and ENT Anesthesia 2
NA6053* Regional Anesthesia/Pain 2
NA6100* Professional Dimensions 3
NA6201 Summer Seminar I 1
NA6203 Comprehensive Anesthesia Review 1
NA6211* Case Conferences II 1
NA6212* Case Conferences III 1
NA6410 Advanced Considerations in the Practice of Anesthesia I 1
NA6411* Advanced Considerations in the Practice of Anesthesia II 1
NA6506 Capstone Research VI 2
NA6507 Capstone Research VII 2
NA6508 Capstone Research VIII 2
  Total 21

*Course is provided in hybrid distance education format.

Fourth year
NA6202* Summer Seminar II 1
NA6205* Advanced Pathophysiology 2
NA6213* Case Conferences IV 1
NA6509* Capstone Completion I 1
NA6510* Capstone Completion II 3
  Total 8

*Course is provided in hybrid distance education format.

Clinical experiences

There are 30 total clinical credits.

Note: Guidelines dictate that students should have a minimum of a 10-hour break between clinical obligations.

NA6300 Clinical Orientation & Competencies 1
NA6301 Clinical Anesthesia: South 2
NA6302 Clinical Anesthesia: Center 2
NA6304 Clinical Anesthesia: Orthopedics 2
NA6305 Clinical Anesthesia: Central 2
NA6306 Clinical Anesthesia: Multispecialty 2
NA6320 Clinical Anesthesia: Cardiovascular 2
NA6321 Clinical Anesthesia: Neuro 2
NA6322 Clinical Anesthesia: EENT/Oral 2
NA6323 Clinical Anesthesia: Obstetrics 2
NA6324 Clinical Anesthesia: Pediatrics 2
NA6325 Clinical Anesthesia: Off-Campus Rotation 2
NA6328 Research Methods Practicums* 1
NA6329 Clinical Anesthesia: Thoracic/Musculoskeletal 2
NA6330 Clinical Anesthesia: Gonda 2
NA6331 Advanced Practicums & Advanced Clinical Experience 2
  Total 30

*We currently do not charge tuition for Clinical Courses with the exception of NA 6328, which will occur during the first year.

  • Total program credits: 116

Off-site rotations

Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Program senior students who are in good standing academically and clinically are required to rotate off-campus for a 10-week period. This rotation provides both regional anesthesia experience and clinical experience in a smaller, community-based environment.

Currently, students rotate to a Mayo Clinic Health System practice in either Austin, Minnesota; Albert Lea, Minnesota; Fairmont, Minnesota; Red Wing, Minnesota; Menomonie, Wisconsin; or to a non-Mayo site in Carroll, Iowa.

The ten-week off-campus rotation (OCR) takes place during the last 12 months of the program. Mayo Clinic subsidizes the authorized associated travel costs and provides housing.

Grading or evaluation

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses evaluative tools and activities that include:

  • Written examination
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Class and seminar presentations
  • Class and clinical participation
  • Referenced papers
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews

Mayo's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.

Grades are based on a percentage. Retesting may be required for test or assignment scores below 70 percent. A score less than 70 percent is considered a failure.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. Both the clinical and didactic curricula of this program are assessed continually and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training and education.

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