As a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) Postgraduate Degree 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
  • Investigational theory
  • A wide variety of required and advanced nursing practice courses with an emphasis in the nurse anesthesia profession*

*More than 50 percent of the coursework is completed using a hybrid distance education format. Courses provided via distance education are provided in a hybrid mode of online and face-to-face instruction and discussion. Two-thirds of course content is in a distance education format, and one-third is conducted in a face-to-face classroom setting.

Program schedule

The CRNA Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Postgraduate Degree Program can be completed on a part-time basis over up to five years. Mayo Clinic's program meets the Standards and Guidelines for Schools of Nurse Anesthesia published by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs. No transfer credits are accepted for the CRNA DNAP degree.

All postgraduate degree completion certified registered nurse anesthetist students must successfully complete these course requirements:

Course Title Credits
NA6002* Advanced Health Assessment 1
NA6004* Introduction to Technology and the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 2
NA6120* Nursing Information Management and Data-Based Decision-Making 3
NA6130* Organizational and Systems Leadership 3
NA6140* Evidence-Based Practice 3
NA6150* Health Policy/Quality Health Delivery 3
NA6215* Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurse Anesthetists 1
NA6423* Research Methods 1
NA6501* Capstone Research I 1
NA6502 Capstone Research II 1
NA6503 Capstone Research III 1
NA6504 Capstone Research IV 2
NA6505 Capstone Research V 2
NA6506 Capstone Research VI 2
NA6507 Capstone Research VII 2
NA6508 Capstone Research VIII 2
NA6509 Capstone Completion I 1
NA6510 Capstone Completion II 3
Total 34

*Course is provided in hybrid distance education format.

Postgraduate plan of study outline

Grading or evaluation

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

  • Written examination
  • Demonstration of leadership and education skills
  • Class and seminar presentations
  • Class 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 education.

Aug. 10, 2016