DNP Nurse Anesthesia Curriculum

The curriculum of the DNP Nurse Anesthesia concentration provides the student with scientific, clinical, and professional foundations upon which to build a sound and safe clinical practice. This three year (9 semester), full-time program offers concentrated courses in anatomy/physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, basic and advanced principles of anesthesia, and professional roles. Courses in anesthesia practice provide clinical practicum encompassing all anesthetic techniques to diverse patient populations. The supervised clinical practice provides students the opportunity to incorporate didactic anesthesia education into clinical practice.  During the clinical experience, students are supervised by anesthesiologists/nurse anesthetists who provide instruction in the safe administration and monitoring of a variety of techniques including both general and regional anesthesia.

This advanced practice nursing option includes client-oriented practice as well as foundation in core courses, which serve to develop clinical scholars. Courses include content in advanced evidence-based practice and proposal writing; data management in healthcare; theories in nursing and other health care disciplines with particular emphasis on utility in practice; and, sound decision-making within legal and ethical frameworks in a complex health care and policy-making system.  Additional skills addressed in the program include information competence, critical thinking, problem solving within an inter-professional framework, advocacy, clinical prevention and population health, and organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking. 

All nurse anesthesia concentration courses are held at Kaiser Permanente in Pasadena, CA and affiliated clinical sites utilizing state-of-the-art facilities. This concentration requires 109 units of full-time study including a doctoral project. Clinical hours are based on competency guidelines from KPSA.

STUDY PLAN

  Term Courses Units
Year 1 Fall NURS 542/L - Advanced Health Assessment (2)/Lab (1)
NURS 601 Theoretical Perspectives for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
NURS 605 Advanced Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing (3)
NURS 610 Leadership, Management and Economics in Adv. Nursing Practice (3)
NURS 615 Epidemiology and Clinical Prevention (3)
15
Spring NURS 602 - Data Management, Quality Improvement and Evaluation for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
NURS 620 Informatics in Healthcare (3)
NURS 630 Healthcare Policy, Ethics and Advocacy (3)
NURS 680 Advanced Pharmacology for Anesthesia I (3)
NURS 681 Anesthesia Basic Principles (3)
15
Summer NURS 682 Anesthesia for Surgical Procedures and Special Populations (4)
NURS 683 Advanced Physiology for Nurse Anesthetists (3)
NURS 684 Advanced Pharmacology for Anesthesia II (3)
NURS 685L Nurse Anesthesia Practicum I (2)
12
Year 2   Fall NURS 686 Pediatric and Obstetric Anesthesia (3)
NURS 687L Nurse Anesthesia Practicum II (5)
NURS 695 Seminar in Integrative Clinical Scholarship (Proposal Writing) (2)
NURS 697A  Integrative Clinical Scholarship I: Evidence-based Practice (1)
11
Spring NURS 688 Advanced Pathophysiology for Anesthesia I (4)
NURS 689L Nurse Anesthesia Practicum III (6)
NURS 697B Integrative Clinical Scholarship II: Evidence-based Practice (3)
13
Summer NURS 690 Advanced Pathophysiology for Anesthesia II (4)
NURS 691L Nurse Anesthesia Practicum IV (6)
NURS 694 Advanced Pharmacology for Anesthesia III (3)
13
Year 3   Fall NURS 692 Professional Nurse Anesthesia Role: Comprehensive Clinical Integration (3)
NURS 693L Nurse Anesthesia Residency (6)
NURS 697C Integrative Clinical Scholarship III: Evidence-based Practice (3)
12
Spring NURS 692 Professional Nurse Anesthesia Role: Comprehensive Clinical Integration (3)
NURS 693L Nurse Anesthesia Residency (6)
9
Summer NURS 692 Professional Nurse Anesthesia Role: Comprehensive Clinical Integration (3)
NURS 693L Nurse Anesthesia Residency (6)
9
TOTAL UNITS 109

*All courses and sequencing subject to change at any time.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

NURS 542 Advanced Health Assessment
Apply theoretical concepts related to comprehensive health assessment of patients across the lifespan. Analyze, synthesize and apply comprehensive health assessment data, including the bio-psychosocial, development and environmental needs of patients and families. (2 units)

NURS 542L Advanced Health Assessment Laboratory
Clinical application of advanced health assessment skills and strategies necessary for advanced practice nursing role in a particular area of specialization. Credit/No Credit only. (1 unit)

NURS 601 Theoretical Perspectives for Advanced Nursing Practice
Theories in nursing and other health care disciplines with particular emphasis on utility in practice; evaluate specific theoretically based strategies for individual nurse or patient change and those for planned changes within organizations. (3 units)

NURS 602 Data Management, Quality Improvement and Evaluation for Advanced Nursing Practice
Provides necessary skills and knowledge to use evidence and health data for quality improvement in a health setting. Uses quality system to evaluate change and common methods used in quality improvement processes. (3 units)

NURS 605 Advanced Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing
Reading, interpreting and evaluating studies using quantitative and qualitative methods in nursing and other health care disciplines; develop initial literature review for integrative scholarship proposal. (3 units)

NURS 610 Leadership, Management and Economics in Advanced Practice Nursing
Analyzing leadership theories and organizational models within healthcare delivery systems. Principles of change theory, financial management, strategic planning, program development and implementation. Fiscally sound leadership management in providing healthcare for individuals and populations. (3 units)

NURS 615 Epidemiology and Clinical Prevention
Applying epidemiological principles and approaches related to health and illness in at-risk populations. Use epidemiological models and inquiry to determine population needs and promote interventions to enhance health-related quality of life and prevent illness. (3 units)

NURS 620 Informatics in Healthcare
Use information systems/technology resources to implement quality improvement initiatives and support practice and administrative decision-making. Standards and principles for selecting and evaluating information systems and patient care technology, and related ethical, regulatory and legal issues. (3 units)

NURS 630 Healthcare Policy, Ethics and Advocacy for Nurses
How national and international health policies, advocacy efforts, ethics and economics impact health care delivery and its outcomes and influence advanced practice nursing. Development of health care policy, delivery models, reimbursement mechanisms, and economic perspectives. (3 units)

NURS 680 Advanced Pharmacology for Anesthesia I
Pharmacology and physiology as an integral part of modern anesthesia practice. Pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacy and toxicology of intravenous medications and anesthetic gases used for induction of anesthesia. (3 units)

NURS 681 Anesthesia Basic Principles
Introduction to the art and science of anesthesia. Provides introductory knowledge and psychomotor preparation prior to commencing a clinical residence. (3 units)

NURS 682 Anesthesia for Surgical Procedures and Special Populations
Selected scientific foundations of anesthesia practice, focusing on cardiopulmonary and renal systems. (4 units)

NURS 683 Advanced Physiology for Nurse Anesthetists
Cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, neurological, hematological and cellular physiology; emphasizing how these systems relate to anesthesia management. (3 units)

NURS 684 Advanced Pharmacology for Anesthesia II
Pharmacology and physiology as an integral part of modern anesthesia practice. Pharmacodynamics pharmacokinetics, pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacy, toxicology of muscle relaxants, narcotics, beta and alpha adrenergics, and autonomic nervous system drugs. (3 units)

NURS 685L Nurse Anesthesia Practicum I
Supervised increasingly complex clinical experience to provide clinical application of the foundational principles in anesthesia. (2 units)

NURS 686 Pediatric and Obstetric Anesthesia
Instruction and assessment provided of the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the pediatric and obstetric patient. Anesthesia considerations and case management strategies for several types of pediatric and obstetric surgical and non-surgical procedures.(3 units)

NURS 687L Nurse Anesthesia Practicum II
Supervised increasingly complex clinical experience provides clinical application of the foundational principles in anesthesia. (5 units)

NURS 688 Advanced Pathophysiology for Anesthesia I
Cardiac and pulmonary pathophysiology for anesthesia practice. Anesthesia case management for each disease process and the use of current evidence to guide practice. Regional anesthesia principles and lab. Acute and chronic pain management principles relating to anesthesia practice. (4 units)

NURS 689L Nurse Anesthesia Practicum III
Supervised increasingly complex clinical experience provides clinical application of the foundational principles in anesthesia. (6 units)

NURS 690 Advanced Pathophysiology for Anesthesia II
Incorporates the pathophysiologic basis for anesthesia management, including neurologic, endocrine, and gastro-intestinal care. Integrates concepts of pharmacology related to anesthesia and application of current scientific research findings in these populations. (4 units)

NURS 691L Nurse Anesthesia Practicum IV
Supervised increasingly complex clinical experience provides clinical application of the foundational principles in anesthesia. (6 units)

NURS 692 Professional Nurse Anesthesia Role: Comprehensive Clinical Integration
The professional component of nurse anesthesia practice emphasizing ethical, medical and legal responsibilities of the practitioner, including various aspects that impact the profession of nurse anesthesia. Review of anesthesia topics for national anesthesia certification examination. (3 units, may be repeated twice for a total of 9 units)

NURS 693L Nurse Anesthesia Residency
Culminating preceptored clinical experience provides clinical application in all areas of anesthesia management. (6 units)

NURS 694 Advanced Pharmacology III
Pharmacology and physiology as an integral part of modern anesthesia practice. Pharmacodynamics pharmacokinetics, pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacy, toxicology of adjunct drugs, including antibiotics, diabetic agents, antiretrovirals, asthma medications, cardiac medications, and antihypertensives. (3 units)

NURS 695 Seminar in Integrative Clinical Scholarship
Proposal development as applied to clinical scholarly work for DNP project. Course requires 95 hours in a clinical setting with faculty consultation. Outcome is a proposal for a scholarly clinical doctoral project. (2 units)

NURS 697A Integrative Clinical Scholarship I: Evidence-based Practice
Under supervision of a faculty project chair. Clinical project on a topic in a student's area of interest and specialization. Role of DNP in clinical inquiry and evaluation, and related leadership. Principles of proposal writing as applied to clinical problems. (1 unit)

NURS 697B Integrative Clinical Scholarship II: Evidence-based Practice
Implementing DNP project within a clinical setting, using theory integration and evidence-based change from nursing science and other disciplines. Incorporating principles of practice inquiry, evidence-based practice, and/or practice inquiry. Integrating core DNP concepts and competencies. (3 units)

NURS 697C Integrative Clinical Scholarship III: Evidence-based Practice
Evaluating and completing DNP project within a clinical setting. Incorporating principles of practice inquiry, evidence-based practice, and/or practice inquiry. Integrating core DNP concepts and competencies. (3 units)