At Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, we’re anxiously awaiting the opportunity to welcome our first class of doctoral students specializing in anesthesia. In 2020, the Nurse Anesthesia Concentration of our Masters of Nursing Science program will transition to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.
Much of the program will remain the same, with added requirements by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). By 2022, the COA will require that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia educational program be enrolled in an approved program that awards a practice doctoral degree.
By moving advanced practice education to the practice doctorate level, nursing will join other professions such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, occupational/physical therapy and psychology. Graduates of this new program will be prepared to become nurse anesthetists with a scope of practice comparable to the health practitioner with a clinical doctorate.
• Program length: 36 months
• Application deadline: June 1
• Term start: Spring
• Online and in person
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
The nurse anesthesia program's doctor of nursing practice stands apart for many reasons. Here are just a few of the attributes that make us unique:
Focused Learning Environment
With small class sizes and experienced faculty, you’ll have the support you need to take on a wide range of course work including advanced pharmacology, principles of anesthesia, graduate-level anatomy and physiology, and biostatistics. You'll spend a large part of your training in the operating room learning to administer anesthesia under the guidance of a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and/or an anesthesiologist.
A Balance of Convenience and Hands-On Learning
The core DNP courses are offered online, however, the nurse anesthesia-specific courses are face-to-face. Thus, you'll get the best of both worlds: additional flexibility in scheduling and hands-on instruction with the experts.
Putting Knowledge into Action
In addition to completing a minimum of 2,000 clinical hours, students will conduct an evidence-based DNP project that meets the criteria of the AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.
Widening Career Prospects
Through its affiliation with Washington University Department of Anesthesiology, this program will prepare graduates to apply state-of-the-science anesthesia care for very complicated patients at tertiary medical centers. The graduate will be prepared to practice in urban and rural hospitals, as well as surgery centers and clinics.
We look forward to adding the Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Nurse Anesthesia to our full slate of academic offerings. To learn more about starting your degree, review our admissions requirements and reach out to an admissions advisor using the form on this page. Please note that in addition to having a Bachelors in Nursing Science, a minimum of one year of critical care experience is required to apply.
Program Transition Details
Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College’s nurse anesthesia program has received approval from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree pending approval in May, 2019. The nurse anesthesia program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in January, 2020.
The application deadline for the first DNP cohort will be June 1, 2019 with interviews held on July 18 and July 19, 2019. The cohort for the first DNP program will then start in January, 2020. Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting Rebecca Boettcher, doctoral programs officer, at Rebecca.Boettcher@BarnesJewishCollege.edu.