Nurse Anesthetist DNP

About this program

Program accreditation

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Nurse Anesthesia program is offered through a partnership with the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia.  The programs at Metropolitan State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

This DNP program is approved as an APRN preparation program by the:

Minnesota Board of Nursing
1210 Northland Drive  #120
Mendota Heights, MN  55120
Phone: 612-317-3000
Fax: 612-688-1841
Toll Free: 888-234-2690 FREE (MN, IA, ND, SD, WI) TTY: 800-627-3529
Minnesota Board of Nursing (website), nursing.board@state.mn.us 

The Minneapolis School of Anesthesia is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).  MSA has been approved by the COA to affiliate with Metropolitan State University as the degree granting institution for the nurse anesthesia cohort starting in Fall 2019.

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
222 South Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, IL  60068-4010
847-692-7050

The Minneapolis School of Anesthesia with Metropolitan State University offer a 91 credit program in nurse anesthesia. MSA is operated by seven member hospitals: Hennepin County Medical Center, University of Minnesota Medical Center, North Memorial Medical Center, Fairview Southdale Hospital, Methodist Hospital in Minneapolis; and United Hospitals and HealthEast in St. Paul. HealthEast hospitals used by the school include: Woodwinds, St. John’s, and St. Joseph’s. Clinical experience is provided in the member hospitals on a rotating basis. Each student rotates to five of the nine facilities during the program. Students also receive experience in a pediatric facility and in a rural hospital.

Graduates earn their Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a concentration in Nurse Anesthesia. Graduates are prepared to practice in a wide variety of settings and to utilize diverse methods of administering a safe anesthetic.

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Application instructions

Application instructions

Application Procedures

The deadline for completing the application process is Oct. 31 of any year. Complete the current application and follow the NursingCAS application process to be considered.  The application process for Fall 2020 is closed. Watch this site for application procedures for the DNP Spring 2022 start and the MSN start for Fall 2021.

The Minneapolis School of Anesthesia utilizes NursingCAS for online application processing.

The curriculum for the program is based upon the requirements of the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. Clinical experience is provided at the member hospitals, where over 100,000 surgical procedures are performed annually in all specialty areas. Students are supervised and instructed by anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists. Each hospital has appointed a clinical coordinator to help manage student clinical experiences. Special experiences include pediatrics and regional anesthesia.

Information

Detailed information on applying to the program may be found on the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia’s website at: Minneapolis School of Anesthesia. Before applying, prospective students are encouraged to send questions to the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia at:

Minneapolis School of Anesthesia
6715 Minnetonka Boulevard
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

http://www.nurseanesthesia.org/
assist.msa@gmail.com  or school.nursing@metrostate.edu

Course requirements

NURS 647 Leadership in Health Care Systems

3 credits

This course focuses on the theoretical foundation needed to provide leadership in the management of health care systems and personnel in various settings including in-patient facilities, clinics, long-term care facilities and community health settings. Contemporary and emerging approaches to leadership and management are critiqued. Selected leadership approaches are applied to organizational development and design, planning and marketing, changing roles of workers in organizations, and population health improvement.

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ANES 649 Science Principles of Anesthesia

3 credits

The course focus is on scientific principles found in chemistry and physics upon which mechanical, pharmacological and physiologic systems are explained. Students examine physics and general, organic and biochemistry concepts for clinical correlation in nurse anesthesia practice. Specific content areas include measurement, chemical and physical properties of matter, atomic and molecular structures, chemical equations and stoichiometry, reactions, energy relationships, periodicity, bonding, gas laws and solutions. Competence Statement Knows the scientific principles found in chemistry and physics as they apply to mechanical, pharmacological and physiologic systems in nurse anesthesia well enough to apply these principles in nurse anesthesia practice.

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ANES 629 Advanced Pharmacology for DNP Anesthesia I

4 credits

The course focus is a comprehensive study of pharmacologic principles of non-anesthesia prescription and non-prescription medications encountered by the nurse anesthetist during provision of care. Emphasis is placed on physiologic actions, therapeutic decision making, and medication management for application in clinical practice. Biotransformation, elimination and molecular mechanisms knowledge will be used to build a scientific foundation for clinical decision-making across the lifespan. Competence Statement: Knows the pharmacologic principles of non-anesthesia medications well enough to apply to nurse anesthesia practice.

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ANES 644 Principles of DNP Nurse Anesthesia Practice I

2 credits

The course focuses on the study of applied science, biomedical equipment, and foundational principles for safe, evidence-based quality perioperative care. Focus areas will include decision-making and problem solving in perioperative preparation, management and evaluation of anesthesia delivery equipment, monitoring, basic airway management, pharmacological selection, patient risk stratification, and patient care transitions. Competence Statement: Knows and applies the science related to biomedical equipment, anesthesia delivery systems and foundational principles well enough to apply these principles to nurse anesthesia practice.

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NURS 637 Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice

2 credits

This course focuses on the use of health care informatics in advanced nursing practice. The development of the science of informatics and information systems are reviewed. Clinical decision making support tools in advanced practice nursing are analyzed. The use of information systems to assist in coding and billing is reviewed. Information systems are used to analyze practice outcomes at the individual and practice group levels compared to national standards. Challenges and opportunities to improve health through the use of information systems are explored. Competence Statement: Knows information systems and technology well enough to be utilized to improve patient care outcomes and health care systems.

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NURS 604 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice

3 credits

This course examines the application of evidence to practice issues in nursing. Quantitative and qualitative research approaches, methodologies, and techniques of data analysis are addressed. Research critique skills are reviewed. Emphasis is placed on the application of analytic methods to critically appraise scientific literature in the delivery of evidenced-based nursing practice. Competence Statement: Knows evidenced-based practice concepts well enough to synthesize and apply a body of evidence to practice.

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ANES 713 Advanced Pharmacology for DNP Anesthesia II

3 credits

The course focus is a comprehensive study of pharmacologic principles of anesthetic medications used by the nurse anesthetist during provision of care. Emphasis is placed on physiologic actions, therapeutic decision making, and medication management for application in clinical practice. Biotransformation, elimination and molecular mechanisms knowledge will be used to build a scientific foundation for clinical decision-making across the lifespan. Competence Statement: Knows the pharmacologic principles of anesthetic medications well enough to apply to nurse anesthesia practice.

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ANES 745 Principles of DNP Nurse Anesthesia Practice II

2 credits

The course focuses on the study of safe, evidence-based nurse anesthesia care management in normal human physiologic and pathophysiologic states including hematologic, immune, and psychiatric disorders and associated medical and surgical procedures for selected human anatomical systems. The course also focuses on pre-operative evaluation, deep sedation and post-anesthesia care, as well as basic regional techniques, ambulatory, office-based, non-operating room anesthesia care and anesthetic complications. Students will formulate care management strategies based on ethical, scientific and pharmacologic principles, safety, quality and evidence-based guidelines and cost effectiveness. Competence Statement: Knows safe, evidence-based nurse anesthesia care management well enough to apply to nurse anesthesia practice for patients with various pathophysiologic disorders.

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NURS 703 Research Methodology and Advanced Evidence-Based Practice

4 credits

This course focuses on skills needed to evaluate and critique research and analytical methods for a body of evidence applied in advanced nursing practice. Content also includes translational research approaches and evidence-based practice concepts. Students synthesize a body of health-related literature relative to application in an evidence-based practice model. Competence Statement: Knows research methodology and evidence-based practice principles well enough to evaluate the quality and synthesize the evidence from literature, and apply to advanced nursing practice.

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NURS 708 Epidemiology and Population Health

3 credits

This course focuses on analyzing epidemiological, biostatistical, environmental, and other appropriate scientific data related to population health. The student applies this knowledge to develop a plan to improve population health status. The intervention plan addresses health promotion and disease prevention efforts related to health inequity for diverse populations. A global perspective of population health is incorporated into advanced nursing practice roles. This course includes 50 practicum hours in population health assessment and intervention planning. Competence Statement: Knows the concepts and principles of epidemiology, prevention, and population health well enough to develop a evidence based intervention for a vulnerable population related health issue.

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ANES 746 Principles of DNP Nurse Anesthesia Practice III

3 credits

The course focuses on the study of safe, evidence-based nurse anesthesia care management in normal human physiologic and pathophysiologic states, including cardiac, respiratory, endocrine, renal, genitourinary, hepatobiliary and gastrointestinal, and associated medical and surgical procedures for selected human anatomical systems. Students will formulate care management strategies based on ethical, scientific and pharmacologic principles, safety, quality and evidence-based guidelines and cost effectiveness. Competence Statement: Knows safe, evidence-based nurse anesthesia care management well enough to apply to nurse anesthesia practice for patients with various pathophysiologic disease states.

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NURS 616 Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice

2 credits

This course focuses on the advanced, comprehensive assessment of individuals across the lifespan. A holistic, nursing theoretical framework provides the structure for the course. The course builds on the students' knowledge and skills of basic physical assessment, anatomy and physiology, and provides a foundation for the advance practice nurse to evaluate the health of individuals across the life span. The course emphasizes documentation, and practice skills necessary for advanced communication, biopsychosocial and physical assessment, critical diagnostic reasoning, and clinical decision-making. Students acquire advanced knowledge and skills through a case based, problem focused learning framework that integrates theoretical, empirical, and experience-based practical knowledge. Competence Statement: Knows the principles of holistic health assessment well enough to apply these skills and techniques in a simulated setting.

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NURS 616L Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice Lab

2 credits

This laboratory experience focuses on the application of skills taught in N616. Students will practice interview skills, physical exam techniques and assessments across the lifespan. Demonstration of complete physical exam is required for course completion. Competence Statement: Knows the skills and techniques of a holistic assessment well enough to obtain a complete health history perform an age appropriate complete physical exam and problem focused physical exam, and provide age appropriate health promotion and anticipatory guidance across the lifespan.

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NURS 636 Labs and Diagnostics for Advanced Practice Nursing

1 credits

This course focuses on the knowledge needed to interpret common laboratory and diagnostic tests encountered in advanced practice nursing. Content includes recognizing, analyzing and interpreting normal and abnormal laboratory and diagnostic findings within the context of patient care. Attributes, strengths and limitations of common diagnostics are reviewed to guide clinical decision-making. Competence Statement: Knows interpretation of common laboratory and diagnostics tests well enough to apply to the provision of care as an advanced practice nurse.

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NURS 700 Advanced Nursing Science

3 credits

This course focuses on the philosophy of science in nursing and its application to practice inquiry and practice knowledge development. Theories, models, and concepts that inform advanced nursing practice are systematically examined and evaluated. Students analyze the foundations of middle-range theories and explore application of theory to doctoral advanced nursing practice.

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NURS 749 Resource Management and Finance for Health Care

3 credits

This course focuses on mastering the knowledge and strategies essential for financial and human resource development and oversight within the health care delivery environment. The relationships between health care economics, human resource management, and health policy within organizations are analyzed. Strategic and business planning principles and approaches are presented and applied. Competence Statement: Knows the principles of financial management and human resource development well enough to critically appraise a health care issue and analyze the personnel impacts, costs and benefits, and cost effectiveness of a proposed solution.

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NURS 751 Health Policy and Advocacy

3 credits

This course focuses on the analysis of regulations and policies that impact health and health care. Students analyze health issues and the social, economic, and political implications of current and proposed policies. Students compare health policies and health outcomes within a global context to evaluate alternative approaches to advancing health equity. Students learn to develop and implement appropriate strategies to influence policy makers and educate others. Students will complete a minimum of 25 hours on a public policy advocacy project. Competence Statement: Knows the principles and concepts of health policy well enough to provide leadership to design, implement, and advocate for policies that advance health.

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NURS 741 Pre-Scholarship

1 credits

This course focuses on establishing a community site that serves as the location for the DNP scholarship project. This course applies prior program content in application to a DNP scholarship project. Students may accrue up to 10 scholarship hours. Competence Statement: Know concepts from previous DNP program courses well enough to initiate a DNP scholarship project.

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NURS 742 DNP Scholarship Project Assessment

1 credits

This course focuses on conducting a needs assessment and defining the scope of a problem at a community site that will serve as the location for the DNP scholarship project. Students accrue 40 - 50 required hours for their scholarship projects. Competence Statement: Know concepts of needs assessment well enough to identify a practice problem and the scope of a scholarship project.

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NURS 750 DNP Scholarship I

3 credits

This course focuses on developing a proposal for a scholarship project designed to positively influence processes or systems impacting health. Students will identify theoretical underpinnings, analyze scientific evidence, and evaluate the literature applicable to the scholarship project. Students must successfully present the scholarship proposal. Students accrue 100 clinical hours related to the scholarship project. Competence Statement: Knows concepts of project design well enough to develop and successfully present a scholarship project proposal.

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NURS 760 DNP Scholarship II

3 credits

This course focuses on implementing a scholarship project designed to positively influence processes or systems impacting health. Students will lead the scholarship project while collaborating with stakeholders, the scholarship project mentor, and the scholarship project faculty adviser. Students accrue 100 clinical hours related to the scholarship project. Competence Statement: Knows concepts of project management well enough to implement the scholarship project.

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NURS 770 DNP Scholarship III

3 credits

This course focuses on the evaluation of a scholarship project designed to positively influence processes or systems impacting health and the dissemination of the results. Students will evaluate the entire project process, present a plan for sustainability, reflect on his/her role leading the project, and demonstrate accomplishment of program objectives. Students must successfully present the final scholarship project. Students will accrue 100 clinical hours related to the scholarship project. Competence Statement: Knows concepts of project management well enough to evaluate the scholarship project and disseminate the results.

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