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The Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and science (RFUMS) Doctor of Nursing Practice-Nurse Anesthesia 36-month entry into practice program was created for Registered Nurses (RN) with a baccalaureate degree who wish to continue their education to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and earn the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. The program curriculum is delivered in a hybrid fashion, with both online and in-person activities. CRNAs are doctoral level advanced practice nurses who manage patients’ anesthesia care in every type of setting where anesthesia services are delivered. They collaborate with other healthcare professionals in virtually every area of healthcare.

Once matriculated as a full-time student, the first 18 months entail front-loaded didactic study combined with simulation experiences. During the didactic phase, students also begin the planning of their doctoral project. The remaining 18 months of the program are spent in full-time clinical residency training, where students learn to provide anesthesia care for patients of all acuity levels across the lifespan who are undergoing procedures of varying complexity. During clinical residency, students also complete and disseminate their doctoral project.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Exam (NCE) for nurse anesthetists and are awarded a DNP degree. Graduate outcomes are consistent with the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) standards established for an entry-level practice doctorate degree in nurse anesthesia.