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Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Program

Duquesne University School of Nursing and the Allegheny School of Anesthesia have applied for approval for a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) Program by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)*.

The Duquesne University School of Nursing, Duquesne University John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences and the Allegheny School of Anesthesia will jointly offer a three-year Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice program (DNAP). The program prepares graduates for national certification and licensure as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

Courses will be delivered in a hybrid format utilizing online learning, face-to-face coursework, extensive laboratory practicums and direct patient experiences.

CRNAs serve as health care leaders in a wide variety of practice settings, such as traditional hospital surgical and delivery suites; critical access hospitals; ambulatory surgical centers; offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons and pain management specialists; and in the military. The demand for CRNAs continues, especially in rural and underserved areas, where CRNAs are often the sole anesthesia providers.

*This program is currently pending approval by the COA.

Why Choose Duquesne?

Gain an Education Focused on Caring for the Vulnerable

The mission of the Duquesne School of Nursing is to prepare nurses to practice professional nursing to meet the dynamic health care needs of individuals, families, groups and communities. This program will provide you with opportunities to live this mission by working with health care teams caring for vulnerable and culturally diverse individuals, families and communities.

The work and role of a CRNA speaks to the service of vulnerable patients across the lifespan. Reaching out to care for those most vulnerable and unable to advocate for themselves while under the influence of anesthetic agents connects to the continuing and living mission of the University.

Learn from Faculty Who Lead by Example

The School of Nursing challenges students to develop their minds, hearts and spirits. Faculty facilitate the education of students in the art and science of nursing to provide ethical, holistic, culturally competent and population-based, collaborative care.

Dedicated to excellence and imbued by a sense of purpose, our faculty integrate nursing science and evidence-based practice with moral and spiritual values, preparing students to be leaders locally and globally. As citizens of the world, we embrace ecumenism and diversity, standing with the oppressed and vulnerable and teaching by example.

In addition, the School of Nursing values a culture of inclusion and openness for faculty, staff and students, and its community partners in pursuit of teaching/learning, scholarship, research and service both locally and globally.

Paricipate in Pittsburgh's Healthcare Network

Pittsburgh continues as an ideal location for healthcare industry careers. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Allegheny Health Network (AHN) are western PA's two health care leaders and two of the region's largest employers. UPMC and AHN, along with a vast number of physician offices, outpatient care centers and educational services in the region, make Pittsburgh an ideal location for a variety of CRNA employment.


The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) supports doctoral education for entry into nurse anesthesia practice and has mandated that all students in nurse anesthesia programs graduate with a doctoral degree by 2025. Education at the doctoral level will equip CRNAs with effective leadership skills and political awareness necessary to influence healthcare delivery at local, state and national levels.

This program is currently pending approval by the COA.

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
222 South Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068-4037
Telephone number: 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