The fully online post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at Northern Kentucky University prepares nurses to utilize evidence-based knowledge and innovative practice expertise to lead initiatives and influence change to improve health outcomes for people in the community, region, and country. Graduates will be equipped to utilize best practices in the provision of advanced nursing care health care at individual, population and organizational system levels.
The practicum experiences are individually designed to expand knowledge and foster leadership competencies for the application, integration, and synthesis of the DNP Essentials (AACN, 2006).
The program is a 36-month, 106-semester-hour curriculum culminating in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) nurse anesthesia specialization with a population focus of the family/individual across a lifespan.
CRNAs are the primary anesthesia provider in rural America as well as in the United States military. CRNAs provide anesthesia services including obstetrical, pain management, surgical, trauma, outpatient in every practice setting in collaboration with surgeons, dentists, podiatrists, and other healthcare providers.
The first 16 students entered NKU’s new three-year nurse anesthetist program, which includes 3,000 hours of clinical study, in May 2017. Graduates earn a doctor of nursing practice with a specialty in anesthesia.
“Sure, taking that leap can be scary, but all of us are here because we know we're hard workers. We know we're dedicated. We’re focused," said student Jena Bolte.
The DNP Program prepares nurses for leadership roles:
Graduates are eligible for the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) National Certification Exam (NCE) and to assume the role of an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).
Lynne Zajac, Ph.D., RN
Director of the Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
William Terry Ray, Ph.D., CRNA
Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program
The NKU Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
The NKU Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.
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