Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Anesthesia (DNP NA)

Whether in a planned procedure or an emergency, a small local hospital or a regional center, a rural or urban setting, and throughout the life cycle, the nurse anesthetist is a critical member of the health care team. In fact, certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) administer more than thirty million anesthetics each year in the United States.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Anesthesia Program has received full approval from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Program


Northeastern’s Nurse Anesthesia program is housed in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, which encourages interdisciplinary collaboration with other health care disciplines. The program offering is a Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Anesthesia (DNP NA).

Students graduate in May each year and are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for nurse anesthetists, administered by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists.

Northeastern University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Northeastern University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. The Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Anesthesia specialty is also accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) for the maximum allowable ten years, through May, 2024.

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
222 South Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001
Telephone: 847-655-1160
COA Website

Application Deadline

July 1, 2021

COA Accreditation
Contact Info

Christine Litzinger, M.Ed.

Program Manager
207 Robinson Hall
Tel: 617-373-3124

Student Handbooks


The curriculum of the Doctor of Nurse Practice Nurse Anesthesia program is divided into four components: core nursing courses, DNP courses, nurse anesthesia specialty didactic courses, and nurse anesthesia specialty clinical courses.

The DNP NA program includes:

  • 4 core nursing courses
  • 9 DNP courses

  • 8 nurse anesthesia specialty didactic courses
  • 6 nurse anesthesia specialty clinical courses

It takes thirty-six months of full-time study to garner the seventy-seven semester hour credits required for the DNP NA degree in nursing.

Sample Curriculum

The NEU Post BSN to DNP program will be offered in a full-time format and classes will begin each May. The curriculum consists of 77 academic and clinical practice semester hours (credits).

BSN to DNP 3-Year Full Time Curriculum Plan
  • Semester 1 (Summer)

    • NRSG 5121 Epidemiology: 3
    • NRSG 5126 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice: 3
    • NRSG 6306 Health Informatics: 3
    • NRSG 7100 Leadership in Advanced Practice Nursing: 3
    • NRSG 7500 Role/Practice Issues in Nurse Anesthesia: 3

    Total Credit Hours: 15

  • Semester 2 (Fall)

    • NRSG 5117 Advanced Pharmacology: 2
    • NRSG 6300 Health Care Finance & Marketing: 3
    • NRSG 6302 Health Care Policy & Law: 3
    • NRSG 7105 Translating Research Evidence into Practice: 3
    • NRSG 7511 Applied Gross Anatomy & Physiology of Anesthesia: 3

    Total Credit Hours: 14

  • Semester 3 (Spring)

    • NRSG 6115 Advanced Health Assessment: 3
    • NRSG 7503 Pharmacotherapeutics in Anesthesia & Critical Care: 3
    • NRSG 7506 Applied Chemistry & Physics and Cardiopulmonary Physiology of Anesthesia: 3
    • NRSG 7920 The Steps to Practice Inquiry: Analyze, Evaluate, Synthesize and Apply the Evidence: 3

    Total Credit Hours: 12

  • Semester 4 (Summer)

    • NRSG 7520 Conceptual Basis of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 1: 3
    • NRSG 7530 Nurse Anesthesia Practicum 1: 3.
    • NRSG 7921 DNP Scholarly Project 1: Design and Ethical Consideration of Practice Application: 3

    Total Credit Hours: 9

  • Semester 5 (Fall)

    • NRSG 7523 Conceptual Basis of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 2: 3
    • NRSG 7533 Nurse Anesthesia Practicum 2: 3
    • NRSG 7922 DNP Scholarly Project 2:  Applying Practice Knowledge: Implementation/Outcomes: 3

    Total Credit Hours: 9

  • Semester 6 (Spring)

    • NRSG 7526 Conceptual Basis of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 3: 3
    • NRSG 7923 DNP Scholarly Project 3: Dissemination of Practice Inquiry: 3
    • NRSG 7536 Nurse Anesthesia Practicum 3: 4

    Total Credit Hours: 10

  • Semester 7 (Summer)

    • NRSG 7509 Advanced Concepts in Nurse Anesthesia Practice: 3
    • NRSG 7540 Advanced Clinical Experiences in Nurse Anesthesia 1: 1

    Total Credit Hours: 4

  • Semester 8 (Fall)

    • NRSG 7543 Advanced Clinical Experiences in Nurse Anesthesia 2: 2

    Total Credit Hours: 2

  • Semester 9 (Spring)

    • NRSG 7546 Advanced Clinical Experiences in Nurse Anesthesia 3: 2

    Total Credit Hours: 2

Total Credits 77 
Curriculum subject to change

Admissions Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing  (BSN)  from a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE
  • Official transcript(s) of ALL college-level study
  • Undergraduate grade-point average of 3.000 (B)
  • Statistics course with probability and hypothesis testing taken within 5 years of application. Must be completed prior to matriculation.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of 300 or higher Quantitative and Verbal combined; Writing score 3.5 or higher.
    Must be submitted via Northeastern’s NursingCAS code 2734

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Personal goal statement
  • Current unrestricted license to practice nursing in the United States
  • At least one year of current intensive care nursing experience (if Neonatal Intensive Care Unit,  Level 4 only)
  • Shadow a CRNA
  • CCRN
  • Current certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Preferred Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • On-campus interview with faculty

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