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Jefferson College of Nursing Offers Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree in Nurse Anesthesia



(PHILADELPHIA) –Jefferson College of Nursing is now offering a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in nurse anesthesia designed for students who have completed a Bachelor of Science degree, the first program of its kind in Philadelphia to receive approval from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. The college will admit the first class of 26 students in the fall of 2016.

“Jefferson is proud to offer this doctoral program to students who want to be ahead of the curve and on the front lines of this exciting field in healthcare,” said Beth Ann Swan, Ph.D., CRNP, FAAN, Dean and Professor of Jefferson College of Nursing. “This new program is particularly important because the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists supports doctoral education for providers entering nurse anesthesia practice by the year 2025.”

Jefferson’s fully-accredited nurse anesthesia program prepares nurses to provide anesthesia care during surgical and obstetrical procedures and to provide pain relief in hospitals of all sizes. The curriculum is a rigorous 36-month, nine-semester program that includes 92 credits. Didactic coursework is integrated with over 2,000 hours of hands-on, clinical practice hours.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is designed to prepare professional nurses for scholarly practice as clinical and health systems experts who will lead and inspire health care improvement and reform. Jefferson’s program focuses on leadership, systems thinking, reflective practice, health policy, implementation science and evidenced-based clinical practice.

Qualified applicants will have a registered nurse licensure, one year of experience in a critical care nursing setting and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from an accredited school in addition to other qualifications. Applications are due June 1, 2016.


Gail Benner
Thomas Jefferson University
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