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Nurse Anesthesia (D.N.P.)

The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) credential came into existence in 1956. As one of four advanced practice registered nurse roles recognized in the U.S., CRNAs practice with a high degree of autonomy and professional respect. They carry a heavy load of responsibility and are compensated accordingly. The Old Dominion University DNP program with specialization in nurse anesthesia is a 96 credit, 36 month, full-time program that begins in May each year. Our program is a hybrid of on-campus and on-line classes. The curriculum is an assimilation of nurse anesthesia specialty and DNP courses. Each student is required to complete a scholarly project that addresses patient care, quality improvement, process improvement, or practice improvement.

Nurse Anesthesia (D.N.P.)


Description


What is Nurse Anesthesia at ODU like?

The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) credential came into existence in 1956. As one of four advanced practice registered nurse roles recognized in the U.S., CRNAs practice with a high degree of autonomy and professional respect. They carry a heavy load of responsibility and are compensated accordingly. The Old Dominion University DNP program with specialization in nurse anesthesia is a 96 credit, 36 month, full-time program that begins in May each year. Our program is a hybrid of on-campus and on-line classes. The curriculum is an assimilation of nurse anesthesia specialty and DNP courses. Each student is required to complete a scholarly project that addresses patient care, quality improvement, process improvement, or practice improvement.

Program Highlights


What makes Nurse Anesthesia at ODU unique?

  • 93% National Certification Exam Pass Rate in 2021

  • 100% Graduate Employment Rate in 2021

  • 13% Program Attrition Rate in 2021

  • Students have clinical experiences in hospitals throughout Hampton Roads, as well as in secondary sites within and outside the region

  • Our long-standing partnerships with local primary clinical sites assure that students work with highly experienced anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists to develop their skills and competence in the professional role

  • Some of our primary clinical sites include: Bon Secours DePaul Hospital, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Sentara Leigh Hospital, Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, Sentara Careplex Hospital, Sentara Princess Anne Hospital

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Nurse Anesthetists

$169,450

MEDIAN SALARY


Administer anesthesia, monitor patient

Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary

$77,360

MEDIAN SALARY


Demonstrate and teach patient care in classroom and clinical units to nursing students. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Sentara, Chesapeake Medical Center, Bon Secours, Riverside Health System

Courses


What are some courses offered in Nurse Anesthesia at ODU?

NURA 750:
Applied Principles of Anesthesia Practice I


This course integrates scientific concepts with basic principles of anesthesia practice and prepares the student for their new role in the safe and effective delivery of anesthesia. Emphasis is on vital anesthesia monitoring and delivery systems. Airway management and general anesthesia techniques will also be discussed. Simulation is incorporated into the learning process to reinforce principles introduced in class. Prerequisite: NURA 745.

NURS 761:
Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing


This course will develop and enhance the advanced practice nurse's knowledge of pharmacological management of the patient. Expanded knowledge and application of advanced pharmacologic concepts across the lifespan will build upon previous elemental concepts in pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics obtained in undergraduate education and clinical practice.

NURS 809:
Advocacy for Healthcare Public Policy for Advanced Practice


This course will prepare the DNP to assume a leadership role in developing, implementing, and advocating for health care policy that results in quality, accessible, comprehensive health care for vulnerable populations.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Nurse Anesthesia at ODU?

Students entering the Doctor of Nursing Practice program in Nurse Anesthesia should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

The application deadline is September 15th.

  • Baccalaureate Degree in a related science. Nursing Preferred.

  • Current Licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse in VA.

  • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale and grades in each required science and nursing course in the undergraduate nursing program of 3.0 or higher.

  • Undergraduate anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, either organic chemistry (preferred) or biochemistry courses, and successful completion of a course in statistics within 10 years of applying to the program.

  • Satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (combined score of 300). The Graduate Record Examination may be waived for Science GPA of 3.5 or higher. TO HAVE THE GRE WAIVED, YOU MUST CONTACT THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR at ahartger@odu.edu to have your transcripts examined. Do not waive the GRE requirement yourself. We do not accept Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for a student whose native language is not English; a minimum score of 100 (iBT test) is required.

  • A personal interview with the interview committee (by invitation).

  • A minimum of one year (2080 hours) of full time nursing experience in an intensive care unit within the 2 years prior to application (2 years preferred). Clinical experience must be direct patient care. Emergency room, recovery room, operating room, labor and delivery, and step-down units do not satisfy the ICU experience.

  • Current certification in BLS, ACLS, and PALS.

  • CCRN certification is strongly encouraged.

  • Three professional references. One must be from immediate supervisor with contact number included.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 551

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,387

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

HRSA Traineeship Funds


Each year the program applies for traineeship funds from HRSA to support student education.  Funding from scholarships is limited, and restricted to those students who meet need requirements.

Next Steps


I like this program. What are the next steps?

Contact


Need help applying?

Meet Your Enrollment Team

Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.

Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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