Female anesthesia nurse adjusts operating room controls

DNAP Curriculum

The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) is a 3-year program consisting of 92 credits over 9 semesters. The inaugural DNAP cohort will be admitted for Fall 2022 with approximately 25 students. Students will complete 92 credits in three different schools:

Duquesne School of Nursing - 54 credits
Duquesne School of Health Sciences - 15 credits
Allegheny School of Anesthesia - 23 credits

Download the color-coded, one-page DNAP Curriculum for an easy reference to the credits within each school. Didactic and non-anesthesia courses are taught at Duquesne University via both the School of Nursing and Rangos School of Health Sciences. Anesthesia didactic courses are taught by Allegheny School of Anesthesia (ASOA) faculty at ASOA and clinical practicums are conducted at ASOA's sixteen (16) COA-approved clinical sites:

  • Allegheny General Hospital
  • Alle-Kiski Medical Center-Allegheny Valley Hospital
  • Butler Memorial Hospital
  • Forbes Hospital
  • Heritage Valley Health System (HVHS) Beaver Medical Center
  • HVHS Kennedy Hospital
  • HVHS Sewickley Valley Hospital
  • Jefferson Hospital
  • Penn Highlands-DuBois Hospital
  • St. Clair Memorial Hospital
  • St. Vincent Hospital
  • The Western Pennsylvania Hospital
  • UPMC Passavant Hospital
  • Washington Hospital
  • Weirton Medical Center
  • Wheeling Hospital

Revisions to curricula are ongoing. If you have questions, please contact us.

Year 1

Fall Semester

Course # Course Name Credits
GPNA 801 Basic Principles of Anesthesia I 3
GPNG 529 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
GPNS 907 Health Care Policy & Finance 3
GPNG 524 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice & Policy Development 3
Total: 12

Spring Semester

Course # Course Name Credits
HLTS 517 Anatomy I for the CRNA 2
GPNS 937 Ethical Leadership in Complex Organizations 3
GPNS 933 Legal Environment for Nursing & Health Care 3
GPNA 802 Basic Principles of Anesthesia II 3
GPNA 804 Clinical Practicum I 0
Total: 11

Summer Semester

Course # Course Name Credits
PHYA 515 Fundamentals of Surgery for the CRNA 3
HLTS 321 Anatomy II for the CRNA 4
PHYA 522 Diagnostic Test Interpretation for the CRNA 1
GPNA 803 Basic Principles of Anesthesia III 3
GPNA 805 Clinical Practicum II 0
Total: 11
Year 2

Fall Semester

Course # Course Description Credits
HLTS 901 Integration of Biochemistry & Physics Into Clinical Practice 4
GPNG 528 Physical Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
GPNG 530 Advanced Pharmacology I 3
GPNA 812 Advanced Principles of Anesthesia I 3
GPNA 806 Clinical Practicum III 0
Total: 13

Spring Semester

Course # Course Description Credits
GPNS 954 Analytical Methods for Evidence Based Practice and Practice Improvement 3
GPNS 957 Evidence-Based Practice I 3
GPNS 962 Advanced Pharmacology II 3
GPNA 813 Advanced Principles of Anesthesia II 3
GPNA 807 Clinical Practicum IV 0
Total: 12

Summer Semester

Course # Course Description Credits
GPNS 963 Genetics & Genomics for the CRNA 2
GPNS 959 Change Management & Project Analysis 3
PHYA 903 Diagnostic & Therapeutic Imaging for the CRNA 1
GPNA 814 Advanced Principles of Anesthesia III 3
GPNA 808 Clinical Practicum V 0
Total: 9
Year 3

Fall Semester

Course # Course Description Credits
GPNS 956 Nursing Informatics & Data Management 3
GPNS 958 Evidence-Based Practice II 3
GPNS 964 Anesthesia Role Preparation I 1
GPNA 815 Seminar in Specialty Anesthesia Practice 2
GPNA 809 Clinical Practicum VI 0
Total: 9

Spring Semester

Course # Course Description Credits
GPNS 967 DNAP Practicum I 4
GPNS 965 Anesthesia Role Preparation II 2
GPNA 800 Professional Aspects of Anesthesia Practice 3
GPNA 810 Clinical Practicum VII 0
Total: 9

Summer Semester

Course # Course Description Credits
GPNS 968 DNAP Practicum II 4
GPNS 966 Anesthesia Role Preparation III 2
GPNA 811 Clinical Practicum VIII 0
Total: 6