Curriculum Overview

Anesthesiology Simulation Center
An immersive, multidisciplinary approach

The USC Program of Nurse Anesthesia transitioned to the professional doctorate, Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP), in June 2017. All program curricular requirements have been approved by USC and the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. The curriculum follows the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s, “Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice,” and the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs standards.

The program is a full-time, 36-month curriculum in nurse anesthesia. Advanced science courses in anesthesiology, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology complement the two-year nurse anesthesia clinical residency. Graduates become experts in anesthesiology, perioperative care and pain management, as well as proponents of translational science. Students learn to analyze, synthesize and translate scientific evidence into clinical practice and demonstrate their skill proficiency in a scholarly capstone project. In addition, coursework in health care policy, leadership and advocacy, informatics and technology, and population health prepare nurse anesthesia students for becoming industry leaders and change agents.

Classes during the first summer semester are hybrid. Students will be on campus for a three-day orientation, followed by interactive online classes. High fidelity simulation is used to enhance student learning, clinical skills, communication, leadership and critical thinking. The program is 75 units and is designed to be completed in three years.

DNAP Curriculum

Effective May 2019

Year 1

Summer

ANST 602 (H) Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice 3 units
ANST 691 (H) Doctoral Capstone Proposal 3 units
6 units

Fall

ANST 508 Research: Investigative Inquiry 3 units
ANST 603 Anatomy and Advanced Health Assessment 4 units
ANST 604 (H) Health Care Policy for Advocacy in Health Care 3 units
ANST 610 (H) Advanced Physiology for Anesthesia Practice 4 units
14 units

Spring

ANST 605 (H) Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 units
ANST 501 Pharmacology of Anesthesia Practice 4 units
ANST 502 Principles of Anesthesia Practice 4 units
ANST 601 Professional Integration to the Clinical Environment 2 units
ANST 694a Doctoral Capstone Project (suggested) 1 unit
14 units

Year 2

Summer

ANST 503 Advanced Pharmacology of Anesthesia Practice 4 units
ANST 504 Pathophysiology related to Anesthesia Practice 4 units
ANST 614 Clinical Residency in Nurse Anesthesia I 2 units
(3 days) 10 units

Fall

ANST 506 Advanced Principles of Anesthesia Practice 4 units
ANST 611 Leadership and Collaborative Practice 3 units
ANST 620a Clinical Synthesis 1a 2 units
ANST 615 Clinical Residency in Nurse Anesthesia II (3 days) 2 units
ANST 694b Doctoral Capstone Project (suggested) 1 unit
12 units

Spring

ANST 694c Doctoral Capstone Project (suggested) 1 unit
ANST 616 Advanced Clinical Residency in Nurse Anesthesia I (4 days) 2 units
ANST 620b Clinical Synthesis 1b 2 units
5 units

Year 3

Summer

ANST 613 (H) Clinician Technology Interface 3 units
ANST 621a Clinical Synthesis 2a 2 units
ANST 617 Advanced Clinical Residency in Nurse Anesthesia II (4 days) 2 units
7 units

Fall

ANST 618 Advanced Clinical Residency in Nurse Anesthesia III (4 days) 2 units
ANST 621b Clinical Synthesis 2b 2 units
4 units

Spring

ANST 619 Advanced Clinical Residency in Nurse Anesthesia IV (4-5 days) 3 units
ANST 694d Doctoral Capstone Project (if needed) 1 unit
3-4 units
*(H) = hybrid online/
on campus
Total =
75-76 units