- What is the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree?
- DNAP Will Soon Replace the MSNA
- List of CRNA Schools that offer a DNAP or DNP
- Voice Your Opinion
What is the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree?
There are two different kinds of terminal nursing degrees: research-oriented degrees and practice-oriented degrees.
Research-oriented degrees include the Doctor of Nursing Science (DNSc, DNS or DSN) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).
The practice-oriented degree, also called the clinical doctorate, is the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP or DrNP).
The Doctor of Nursing Practice in Anesthesia is referred to as the DNAP.
The DNP degree is meant to prepare registered nurses to become advanced practice nurses. The curriculum includes leadership training, the application of clinical research, and advanced practice training.
The DNP degree will soon be required of all advanced practice nurses, including nurse practitioners (NP), certified nurse-midwives (CNM), clinical nurse specialists (CNS), and nurse anesthetists (CRNA).
DNAP Will Soon Replace the MSNA
In 2015, the AANA is required that all CRNA programs begin changing their curriculum from a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia degree to a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice. Programs will need to have made this change by 2025.
In the meantime, all nurse anesthetists who obtain a CRNA master’s degree before 2025 will be “grand will not be required to go back to school to get a DNP.
So if you’re not required to get an advanced practice nursing degree, should you? Find 4 compelling reasons to get your DNP today. You’ll also learn the difference between the DNP and the DNAP, as well as components of the program (what you’ll be learning).
List of CRNA Schools that offer an entry DNAP
Many schools have transitioned their programs from MSN/MSNA to DNP/DNAP. You will find two lists identifying both entry-level and would like to continue your education, please refer to the Completion List.
This list will continue to grow until 2025 but these are the schools that already have a DNP/DNAP program or are currently waiting for COA approval.
Entry Level Programs
Completion Program List
Voice Your Opinion
How do you feel about this change to the DNP?
How does this change to the DNP affect your educational plans?
Do you think nurse anesthetists must have a doctorate?
Some people think it’s unfair for a nurse (who spends a few extra years beyond the bachelor’s level) to be given almost the same title as a medical doctor who devotes an entire decade to study. They feel it will confuse patients. Do you agree?
If you want help comparing schools, we’ve created a tool that allows you to search and compare all accredited nurse anesthesia schools by 70+ criteria, helping you find the schools that are the best match for you. We call it the School Finder.
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