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Centofanti School of Nursing

graduate Director

Dr. Valerie O’Dell, Graduate Director 
3132 Cushwa Hall
(330) 941-2177

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree for Nurse Anesthetists is offered in affiliation with St. Elizabeth Health Center School for Nurse Anesthetists, Inc. The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who practices both autonomously and in collaboration with a variety of health providers on the interprofessional team to deliver high-quality, holistic, evidence-based anesthesia and pain care services. The CRNA cares for patients at all acuity levels across the lifespan in a variety of settings for procedures including, but not limited to, surgical, obstetrical, diagnostic, therapeutic, and pain management.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Regular admission requires a cumulative undergraduate grade–point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale);
  • Satisfactory completion of undergraduate courses in health assessment, statistics, and research methods;
  • Hold a BSN degree from an accredited program;
  • Current Registered Nurse license and a minimum of one-year professional work experience in a critical care unit, CCRN preferred;
  • Current CPR certification, current immunizations, drug screening and criminal background checks are to be maintained while in the program;
  • Submission of an official report of Graduate Record Examination (General Test) scores completed within the past five years;
  • Successful/satisfactory interview; and
  •  Students not meeting regular admission requirements may be provisionally admitted. See the Graduate Bulletin under Provisional Admission.

Degree Requirements

NURS 8900Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthetists 13
NURS 8901Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology for Nurse Anesthetists 13
NURS 8902Healthcare Biostatistics3
NURS 8903Professional Role of Nurse Anesthesia Practice2
NURS 8904Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics for Nurse Anesthetists3
NURS 8910Introduction to Clinical Anesthesia1
NURS 8905Clinical Practicum 11
NURS 8906Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthetists 23
NURS 8907Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology for Nurse Anesthetists 23
NURS 8908Advanced Health Assessment3
NURS 8911Clinical Practicum 21
NURS 8912Principles and Practice of Nurse Anesthesia3
NURS 8913Principles of Anesthesia 13
NURS 8914Clinical Practicum 33
NURS 8915Principles of Anesthesia 23
NURS 8916Health Care Policy3
NURS 8917Evidence Based Practice 13
NURS 8918Clinical Practicum 43
NURS 8919Principles of Anesthesia 33
NURS 8920Ultrasound and Radiology2
NURS 8921Evidence-Based Practice 23
NURS 8922Clinical Practicum 53
NURS 8923Principles of Anesthesia 43
NURS 8924Epidemiology2
NURS 8925Clinical Practicum 64
NURS 8926Principles of Anesthesia 53
NURS 8927DNP Scholarly Project 13
NURS 8928Healthcare Finance and Practice Management2
NURS 8929Clinical Practicum 74
NURS 8930Ethics in Advanced Nursing Practice2
NURS 8931DNP Scholarly Project 23
NURS 8932Teaching, Curriculum and Evaluation Seminar1
NURS 8933Clinical Practicum 84
NURS 8934Leadership and Collaboration for the DNP Nurse Anesthetist2
NURS 8935Clinical Practicum 94
NURS 8936Anesthesia Synthesis: Comprehensive Review2

Learning Outcomes

The outcomes for the YSU DNP program are in compliance with the standards of the AACN eight essential elements as identified in The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice. (AACN, 2007). The YSU DNP program outcomes are listed below.

  1. Synthesize knowledge derived from a strong scientific foundation in order to demonstrate expertise in advanced nursing practice.
  2. Analyze and translate research and data to support evidence-based practice.
  3. Lead interprofessional collaboration to enhance and improve population health outcomes.
  4. Utilize information systems and technology to improve health care.
  5. Develop, influence or implement health care policies.

Graduate Faculty

Kimberly A. Ballone, D.N.P., Professor
Pediatric issues; children and families; simulation in nursing education; motivating nursing students; preceptorships

Patricia L. Hoyson, Ph.D., Professor
Diabetes; critical thinking; patient education; nursing education

Susan A. Lisko, D.N.P., Professor
Critical thinking; nursing simulation; medical-surgical nursing

Valerie Marie O'Dell, D.N.P., Professor
Maternal-child nursing; simulation scenario development; nursing education

Cynthia M. Shields, D.N.P., Associate Professor
Critical care nursing; nurse practitioner education and practice

Nancy Wagner, D.N.P., Professor, Director
Pediatrics; educational research/simulation; transcultural

Amy Weaver, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Geriatric education; geriatrics; simulation