Quality Education in the Benedictine Tradition
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Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing and Excela Health School of Anesthesia
The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program is committed to offering professional graduate education for master’s degree-prepared CRNAs. The program:
The DNAP will prepare the CRNA to serve in leadership roles within the health care system. The curriculum will promote the use of evidence-based practice as a means to prioritize direction for process change. The learner will manage a capstone project that will build as the learner progresses through each consecutive class. Projects will focus on anesthesia clinical practice, educational presentation or management improvement strategies.
The small class size will allow for individualized instruction. A one-on-one adviser will assist the learner in developing scholarly work that will build skills for future projects. The advisers will be seasoned faculty who have been in anesthesia practice for many years, serving in multiple roles, including military, leadership and clinical practice.
Courses Required for Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (30 credits):
DNAP 800 Evidence-Based Practice - 3 creditsDNAP 810 US Health Care Systems - 3 creditsDNAP 820 Research Methods - 3 creditsDNAP 830 Risk Management and Patient Safety - 3 creditsDNAP 840 Ethics - 3 creditsDNAP 850 Leadership - 3 creditsDNAP 860 Health Care Economics - 3 creditsDNAP 870 Health Care Informatics - 3 creditsDNAP 900 Capstone I - 2 creditsDNAP 910 Capstone II - 2 creditsDNAP 920 Capstone III- 2 credits
Course Format Classes will be offered cohort-style with hybrid presentation. Students will be required to attend one week of intensive class meetings on campus each semester. Students will then communicate with faculty online for the completion of the course. Sessions will begin each August offering a small class size.
Fall 2013 Cohort On-Campus Class Dates
Fall 2013: Aug. 19-23 (Sunday, Aug. 18)Spring 2014: Jan. 6-10 Summer 2014: May 12-16
DNAP 800: Evidence-Based Practice This course will provide a context for the student in understanding the value of evidence-based practice in health care. The student will come to understand their role in the use of current best practice evidence in making clinical decisions. The student will be exposed to the role of an evidence hierarchy as it relates to the levels of evidence regarding effectiveness of an intervention. Evidence appraisal, evidence implementation and evaluation of clinical outcomes will also be studied.
DNAP 810: U.S. Health Care Systems A comprehensive overview of U.S. health care systems covering structure, finance, governance, personnel, history and cultural values. Examination of critical challenges and interactions with economic, technological, political and social forces to include the health care systems’ response to these influences.
DNAP 820: Research Methods This course examines strategies for gathering and organizing data and undertaking statistical data analysis in health care environments. Introduction to statistical reasoning and interpretation with data analysis using Microsoft Excel.
DNAP 830: Risk Management and Patient Safety This course explains the theoretical basis of patient safety and human error. In addition, the role of risk management will be studied in relationship to current standards for patient safety. The course will also include error investigation and analysis, as well as emphasizing the role of multi-disciplinary teamwork and crisis management in anesthesia.
DNAP 840: Ethics This ethics seminar examines the dimensions of business activity commonly referred to as business ethics from a leadership perspective. Students will investigate five basic ethical approaches (Utilitarian, Rights, Fairness/Justice, Virtue and Common-Good). Students will also examine the Roman Catholic social teaching on social justice and discuss how it informs or conflicts with the five basic approaches listed above. Additionally, this course will focus on four key principles of Benedictine thought: stability, community, hospitality and stewardship.
DNAP 850: Leadership This course is designed to help students both explore the concept of leadership as well as to assess and develop their own leadership skills. The perspective underlying this course is that leadership is (a) contextual in nature and (b) requires the mastery of multiple behaviors. Both of these can only be accomplished through a better understanding of self, others and one’s context. Thus, there will be a heavy introspective and reflective component to the course.
DNAP 860: Health Care Economics An introduction to economic and public policy factors that affect health care systems. Provides a review of relevant economic concepts and covers topics such as demand for health services, health care provider behavior, implications of insurance strategies, cost containment, health technologies and government regulations. Students will also conduct a cost-effectiveness study to understand how cost-effectiveness strategies can inform decision-making.
DNAP 870: Health Care Informatics This interdisciplinary course in health care informatics is based upon computer and information sciences, as well as cognitive and decisional factors that pertain to the business of health care. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, the student will gain knowledge and skills in planning, collecting, analyzing, storing and disseminating health care data and information. In addition, the student will gain an understanding of methods and techniques of enhancing health care data management systems.
DNAP 900: Capstone I DNAP 910: Capstone II DNAP 920: Capstone III The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) will culminate in the successful completion of a faculty-approved capstone project relevant to the field of health care and anesthesia. The capstone project will be carried out over several semesters. For the project the student will plan the project by identifying an area of interest, developing data collection strategies, gathering and analyzing the data, as well as disseminating the findings of the project. The student will also be expected to prepare the completed study in a format suitable for publication in a scholarly journal.
1) Completed online application2) Official transcripts from all graduate colleges attended3) Three letters of recommendation4) Curriculum vitae5) GRE Score (score must be within five years of start date)6) Interview
All application materials should be mailed directly to: School of Anesthesia, One Mellon Drive, Latrobe, PA 15650
REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION:
1) Current certification as a registered nurse anesthetist2) Certification/recertification throughout the length of the doctoral program3) GPA of 3.25 of higher in a related master’s degree program4) GRE within five years of start date5) Completion of at least 3 credits in graduate-level research6) Basic computer skills in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint