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Curriculum

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

*Some course work during the first, third and fourth years is completed using a distance education format. Courses will be provided via a hybrid distance education model. Two-thirds of course content will be in a distance education format, and one-third will be conducted in a face-to-face classroom setting.

The academic portion of the traditional program totals 86 didactic semester credits. Of the didactic credits, 17 semester credits are capstone research and completion credits. The clinical experience (30 semester credits) stresses cognitive processing, problem-solving and proficiency in psychomotor skills.

Program schedule

The DNAP Program requires full-time study for 42 months. Mayo's program meets the Standards and Guidelines for Schools of Nurse Anesthesia published by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs.

All student-registered nurse anesthetists must successfully complete the following course requirements.

Didactic course work

There are 86 total didactic credits.

First year
Course number Course name Credits
NA6001* Curriculum and Instruction for Nurse Anesthesia 1
NA6003* Introduction to Technology and the Practice of Nurse Anesthesia 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
NA6421* Statistics and Research Methods I 1
NA6422* Statistics and Research Methods II 2
NA6501 Capstone Research I 1
NA6502 Capstone Research II 1
Total 20

*Course is provided in hybrid distance education format.

Second year
Course number Course name Credits
NA6007 Medical Physiology I 2
NA6008 Medical Physiology II 2
NA6009 Enrichment Practicums 2
NA6020 Fundamentals of Anesthesia 2
NA6023 Pharmacology for Anesthesia I 2
NA6024 Pharmacology for Anesthesia II 2
NA6025 Advanced Anesthesia Pharmacology 2
NA6026 Inorganic, Organic, Biochemistry for Anesthesia 2
NA6027 Physics for Anesthesia 2
NA6028 Introduction to Clinical Anesthesia 2
NA6030 Integrated Physiology & Pathophysiology 2
NA6050 Obstetric, Pediatric & Geriatric Anesthesia 3
NA6061 Pulmonary Pathophysiology, Postoperative Care & Crisis Resource Management (CRM) 2
NA6206 Advanced Physical Assessment 2
NA6210 Case Conferences I 1
NA6400 Anatomy for Nurse Anesthetists 2
NA6503 Capstone Research III 1
NA6504 Capstone Research IV 2
NA6505 Capstone Research V 2
Total 37
Third year
Course number Course name Credits
NA6051 Cardiac, Vascular & Thoracic Anesthesia 2
NA6052 Neuro and ENT Anesthesia 2
NA6053 Regional Anesthesia/Pain 2
NA6100* Professional Dimensions 3
NA6201 Summer Seminar I 1
NA6203 Comprehensive Anesthesia Review 1
NA6211* Case Conferences II 1
NA6212* Case Conferences III 1
NA6410 Advanced Considerations in the Practice of Anesthesia I 1
NA6411* Advanced Considerations in the Practice of Anesthesia II 1
NA6506 Capstone Research VI 2
NA6507 Capstone Research VII 2
NA6508 Capstone Research VIII 2
Total 21

*Course is provided in hybrid distance education format.

Fourth year
Course number Course name Credits
NA6202* Summer Seminar II 1
NA6205* Advanced Pathophysiology 2
NA6213* Case Conferences IV 1
NA6509 Capstone Completion I 1
NA6510 Capstone Completion II 3
Total 8

*Course is provided in hybrid distance education format.

Clinical experiences

There are 30 total clinical credits.

Course number Course name Credits
NA6300 Clinical Orientation & Competencies 1
NA6301 Clinical Anesthesia: South 2
NA6302 Clinical Anesthesia: Center 2
NA6304 Clinical Anesthesia: Orthopedics 2
NA6305 Clinical Anesthesia: Central 2
NA6306 Clinical Anesthesia: Multispecialty 2
NA6320 Clinical Anesthesia: Cardiovascular 2
NA6321 Clinical Anesthesia: Neuro 2
NA6322 Clinical Anesthesia: EENT/Oral 2
NA6323 Clinical Anesthesia: Obstetrics 2
NA6324 Clinical Anesthesia: Pediatrics 2
NA6325 Clinical Anesthesia: Off-Campus Rotation 2
NA6328 Research Methods Practicums 1
NA6329 Clinical Anesthesia: Thoracic/Musculoskeletal 2
NA6330 Clinical Anesthesia: Gonda 2
NA6331 Advanced Practicums & Advanced Clinical Experience 2
Total 30
  • Total program credits: 116
  • Clinical expectations and guidelines policy: Students should have a minimum of a 10-hour break between clinical obligations.

Off-site rotations

DNAP Program senior students who are in good standing academically and clinically are required to rotate off-campus for an eight-week period. This rotation provides both regional anesthesia experience and clinical experience in a smaller, community-based environment.

Currently, students rotate to a Mayo Clinic Health System practice in either Austin, Minn.; Fairmont, Minn.; Red Wing, Minn.; Menomonie, Wis.; or to a non-Mayo site in Carroll, Iowa.

The eight-week off-campus rotation takes place during the last 12 months of the program. Mayo Clinic subsidizes the authorized associated travel costs and provides housing.

Grading or evaluation

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

  • Written examination
  • Demonstration of 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 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 training and education.

  • July 8, 2014
  • ART325983