Doctor of Nursing Practice - Nurse Anesthesia Option

Centofanti School of Nursing

Graduate Director

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

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Nurse Anesthesia Option 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

All of the following requirements must be met at time of application.

  • Applicants must have Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an institution of higher education that is fully accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and/or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • At the time of application, a minimum of one (1) year experience (two preferred) as a registered nurse in adult critical care within the last three (3) years. Critical care experience must be obtained within the United States, its territories, or a U.S. military hospital outside of the United States. Examples of critical care units may include but are not limited to: Surgical Intensive Care, Cardiothoracic Intensive Care, Coronary Intensive Care, and Medical Intensive Care. Those who have experiences in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with managing unstable patients, invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.
  • The applicant must have a current, valid, unrestricted license as a registered nurse in the United States.
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA (calculated from all undergraduate work) of 3.0. If cumulative GPA is less than 3.5 the GRE is required. GRE scores must be submitted by application deadline (a scheduled date to take the test is not acceptable). Please allow sufficient time for taking the test and having it scored and released to you.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all undergraduate science courses.
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of B or higher.
  • Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), if you are accepted, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) is required prior to starting the program.
  • CCRN required by application deadline (a scheduled date to take the test is not acceptable).  Copy of your certificate is required.

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 Doctor of Nursing Practice - Nurse Anesthesia Option 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

Sheila M. Blank, D.N.P., Associate Professor, Director

Lori Ann Fusco, D.N.P., Associate Professor

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

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

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

Mary P. Shortreed, D.N.P., Associate Professor

Debra Wallace, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

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