DNP-Nurse Anesthesia


College of Nursing


Doctor of Nursing Practice


Center City, Abington Dixon


On Campus




36 Months

Jefferson’s DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program, fully accredited through 2029, prepares nurses to provide anesthesia care during surgical and obstetrical procedures, and to provide pain relief in hospitals of all sizes.

Students in this integrated 36-month, nine-semester program take 92 credits.  Its full-time curriculum integrates didactic coursework with over 2,000 hours of clinical practice hours, ensuring that students will administer more than 600 anesthetics to patients undergoing a wide variety of surgical and/or diagnostic procedures.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice doctorate designed to prepare professional nurses for scholarly practice as clinical and health systems experts who will lead and inspire health care improvement and reform.

  • Focuses on leadership, systems thinking, reflective practice, health policy, implementation science and evidenced-based clinical practice
  • Includes three practica that comprise the doctoral practice inquiry project and provide the opportunity for application of knowledge gained in all the courses.


Our innovative curriculum provides students the opportunity to develop clinical practice skills in one of the most prominent healthcare systems in the country. 

Coursework by Year/Semester

Plan of Study

Fall Semester Credits
NU 560.7  Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 3
NU 603.7 Research for Advanced Practice Nursing I 3
NU 673.7 Comprehensive Assesment for Clinical Decision-Making  3
NU 709 Current Issues in Health & Social Policy: Planning, Participating, and Policymaking (40 Hours) 3
NU 724 Chemistry & Physics Related to Anesthesia 2
Spring Semester Credits
NU 703 Theoretical Foundations for Organizational Change in Healthcare Systems (40 Hours) 3
NU 570.7 Pathophysiology of Human Disease 3
NU 748 Basic Principles of Anesthesia and Advanced Health 3
NU 700 Pharmacokinetics & Dynamics of Anesthesia Agents 3
NU 750 Orientation to Clinical Practice NC
Summer Semester Credits
NU 775 Pathologic Aspects of Disease II 3
NU 758 Advanced Principles of Anesthesia 3
NU 751 Clinical Practice I 3
NU 701 Scientific Underpinnings for Nursing Practice (40 Hours) 3

Fall Semester Credits
NU 768 Advanced Principle of Anesthesia 3
NU 752 Clinical Practice II 3
NU 704 Philosophy, Foundations and Methods for Evidence-Based Practice (40 Hours) 3
NU 706 Quality Measurement & Outcomes Analysis in Healthcare (40 Hours) 3
Spring Semester Credits
NU 708 Clinical Prevention and Popluation Health for Improving the Nation's Health (40 Hours) 3
NU 753 Clinical Practice III 3
NU 605.7 Role of Advanced Practice Nurse 3
NU 702 Practice Inquiry: Designs, Methods, and Analysis (40 Hours) 3
Summer Semester Credits
NU 754 Clinical Practice IV 3
NU 707 Leadership & Interprofessional Collaboration (40 Hours) 3
NU 710 Practicum I (60 hours) 3

 Fall Semester Credits
NU 755 Clinical Practice VI 3
NU 711 Practicum II (60 Hours) 3
NU 778 Crisis Management and Clinical Correlation in Anesthesia  3
Spring Semester Credits
NU 756 Clinical Practice VI 3
NU 705 Advanced Topics in Health Information 3
NU 712 Practicum III 3
Summer Semester Credits
NU 757 Clinical Practice VII  3
Program Total Credits 92

DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program

  • Accredited by:
    Council on Accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
    10275 W. Higgens Road, Suite 906, Rosemont, IL  60018-5603
  • Accreditation status: Continued Accreditation 2029
  • Specific academic program covered by the accreditation status:
    • Doctor of Nursing Practice (Entry Level)

Tuition & Fees

Tuition 2022-2023 General Fee IT Fee* Library Fee* Dept. Fee*
$49,641 $0 $578 $416 $964

Program Performance Data

Graduate Year Cohort
Attrition Rate

Employment Rate
(within 6 months of completion)


NCE First-Time 
Pass Rate
NCE Second-Time
Pass Rate
Overall NCE Pass Rate
for Graduation Year
2019  3.9% 96% 56% 83% 100%
2020  12% 96% 70% 82% 100% 
2021  3.9% 96% 72% 96% Pending
2022 3.9% 100% 88% 96% Pending

Jefferson Anesthesia Students In Action

Jefferson Nurse Anesthesia students engaging on campus, in clinical, and in professional organizations (AANA, PANA, DANA).