The doctor of nursing VCU program is one of the best options for a DNP. The Virginia Commonwealth University’s Anesthesia Program was ranked #1 in 2011.
Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Allied Health Professions
Department of Nurse Anesthesia
On the Medical College of Virginia Campus
P.O. Box 980226
Richmond, VA 23298
Marjorie Taylor-Goodwin, Program Specialist
ph: (804) 828-6726
Curriculum and capstone project questions:
Suzanne Wright, PhD, CRNA, Interim Director of Doctoral Education
ph: (804) 828-9808
CRNA Degree (s) offered
Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia, Combined MSNA and DNAP Program, Post-master’s clinical doctorate - DNAP. Through the School of Allied Health Professions, the Department also offers a unique distance learning Ph.D. program of study in Health Related Sciences for nurse anesthetists.”
*The DNAP is a practice focused degree, whereas the Ph.D. is a research focused degree.
The Doctor of Nursing Anesthesia Practice can be completed full time in one year (average of 11 credits per semester).
33 credit hours
Review of applications is on-going. However, preference is given to applications received by March 1st.
Cost of the Doctor of Nursing Anesthesia Practice Degree at VCU
Cost of In State Tuition: $13,131
Fees and expenses: $8,067
Grand Total: $21,198
Cost of Out of State Tuition: $24,606
Fees and expenses: $8,679
Grand Total: $33,285
8-10 per year
“The DNAP prepares CRNAs to assume leadership positions in education, management, and patient care by offering a curriculum concentrating on patient safety and human factors, quality assessment and improvement, health care systems and organizations, leadership, best evidence for practice, and adult education” (VCU website).
The curriculum includes 9 credits of course work from
the PhD in Health Related Sciences (HRS) Program and 24 credits in nurse
anesthesia, including a 6-credit practicum and 6-credit capstone
The clinical practicum includes 100 hours of practice per
credit hour (3,300 total hours) which you can complete in your place of
employment. You will build a professional portfolio which will include
written case studies of clinical experiences that have significance for
nurse anesthesia practice.
Your capstone project will be on a topic of interest
relevant to clinical practice, education or leadership and will be your
final work as part of the DNAP.
Because the program was designed for working CRNA’s, your courses will be both on and off campus.
At the beginning and end of each semester, you will have on-campus
classes including lectures, seminars, discussions and assigned readings.
Your off-campus work will involve computer conferencing, discussion
boards and pod-casts, in addition to reading assignments, projects and
Doctor of Nursing VCU Program Requirements
*Post-master’s applicants may submit scores that are more than 5 years
old. Post-master's applicants who have never taken the GRE must provide
evidence of having the knowledge, skills, and ability to complete
doctoral-level work. Documentation may include, but is not limited to,
examples of written work, publications, or presentations.
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings - U.S. News & World Report (2011)
4.0 out of 5.0. Ranked #1 out of 107 CRNA programs.
*Please note: CRNA rankings are bias and subjective. Read disclaimer about how CRNA rankings are created.*
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
Doctor of Nursing Anesthesia at Virginia Commonwealth University Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 05/2001. It was given 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 05/2011. This shows that the program is very stable.
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Virginia
Virginia CRNA salaries are about the same as the national average and range from $140k-160k range.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $163,467 (according to a 2008 study)
*This page was updated March 6th, 2012*