Curriculum

Time to Completion

USF’s BSN-DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program is a three year (36 month) program. Students must complete their coursework in continuous, full time enrollment.

The demanding program schedule assumes a time commitment of about 64 hours per week. As such, the program strongly discourages students from participating in outside employment while enrolled in the program.

Sample Curriculum Sequence

USF’s BSN-DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program is designed to be completed in nine semesters over three years (36 months) for a total of 96 credit hours. The curriculum is designed to facilitate the eligibility of the graduate to take the National Certification Examination (NCE) and follows the doctoral standards of the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

Fall Semester 1
Course Credits
NURS 511 Basic Principles of Anesthesia Care 5
NURS 518 Advanced Anatomy & Physiology for Nurse Anesthesia I 3
NURS 535 Advanced Health Assessment
(Co: NURS 537)
3
NURS 537 Clinical: Advanced Health Assessment
(Co: NURS 535)
1
Spring Semester 1
Course Credits
NURS 533 Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesia 4
NURS 532 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology 3
NURS 513 Advanced Principles of Anesthesia Care I
(Pre: NURS 511)
4
NURS 519 Advanced Anatomy & Physiology for Nurse Anesthesia II
(Pre: NURS 518)
3
Summer Semester 1
Course Credits
NURS 515 Frameworks & Models for Examining Nursing Practice 3
NURS 514 Advanced Principles of Anesthesia Care II
(Pre: NURS 513)
4
NURS 530 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NURS 599 Nurse Anesthesia Synthesis I 1
Fall Semester 2
Course Credits
NURS 652 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum I
(3 days a week)
(Pre: NURS 599)
2
NURS 524 Translational Science (Pre/Co: NURS 515)* 3
NURS 648 Transition to Doctoral Nursing Practice: Leading EBP Change* 2
NURS 635 Applied Statistics for Outcomes Evaluation* 3
Spring Semester 2
Course Credits
NURS 653 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum II
(3 days a week)
(Pre: NURS 652)
2
NURS 649 Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 2
NURS 569 Population Health* 3
NURS 660 Leadership & Innovation* 2
Summer Semester 2
Course Credits
NURS 654 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum III
(3 days a week)
(Pre: NURS 653)
2
NURS 638 Methods for Evidenced Based Nursing Practice*
(Pre: NURS 635)
3
NURS 658 Project Management & Interprofessional Collaboration*
(Pre: NURS 635/638)
3
NURS 699 Nurse Anesthesia Synthesis II*
(Clinical: Simulation Lab)
(Pre: NURS 599)
1
Fall Semester 3
Course Credits
NURS 752 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum IV
(4 days a week)
(Pre: NURS 654)
4
NURS 710 Evaluation & Improvement of Nursing Practice Outcomes*
(Pre: NURS 638/658)
3
NURS 715 EBP Project 1*
(Pre: NURS 638)
4
Spring Semester 3
Course Credits
NURS 753 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum V
(4 days a week)
(Pre: NURS 752)
4
NURS 732 Information Systems & Technology in Health Care* 3
NURS 735 EBP Project II*
(Pre: NURS 715)
3
Summer Semester 3
Course Credits
NURS 754 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum VI
(4 days a week)
(Pre: NURS 753)
4
NURS 745 Health Care Economics, Policy, & Advocacy* 3
NURS 785 EBP Project III*
(Pre: NURS 735)
2
NURS 799 Nurse Anesthesia Synthesis III
(Pre: NURS 699)
1
Total Program Credits 96
Total Program Didactic Credits 78
Total Program Clinical Credits 18

* Courses are distance education/hybrid