Curriculum Overview

Anesthesiology Simulation Center

An Immersive Experience

The USC Program of Nurse Anesthesia is a full-time, 36-month curriculum leading to the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia (DNAP) degree and eligibility for the National Certification Exam and state licensure as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. The program requires 80 units for completion and degree conferral. Graduates become experts in anesthesiology, perioperative care, and pain management.

In May every year, first-year nurse anesthesia residents participate in a three-day on-campus orientation. The remainder of the first summer session is a blend of remote and in-person learning (up to 1 or 2 times per week). Doctoral students complete anesthesiology, pharmacology, and pathophysiology coursework in the fall and spring semesters.

An intense two-year clinical residency begins in the second year. High fidelity simulation enhances clinical learning, skill acquisition, and high-performance team development. Nurse anesthesia residents critically-appraise and translate research into clinical practice and demonstrate proficiency in a scholarly capstone project. In addition, health care policy, leadership, and technology coursework prepare the nurse anesthesia resident to evolve into an industry leader.

The USC Program of Nurse Anesthesia transitioned to the DNAP degree in June 2017. USC and the Council on Accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs approved all curriculum requirements. The program follows the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice and the COA’s Standards for Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

DNAP Curriculum

Effective May 2022

Year 1

Summer
ANST 608 (H) Advanced Clinical Anatomy 2 units
ANST 610 (H) Advanced Physiology for Nurse Anesthetists 4 units
ANST 691 (H) Doctoral Capstone Proposal 2 units
8 units
Fall
ANST 508 Research: Investigative Inquiry 3 units
ANST 602 (H) Analytic Methods for Evidence-Based Practice 3 units
ANST 604 Health Care Policy for Advocacy in Health Care 3 units
ANST 609 Advanced Health Assessment 3 units
ANST 651 PeriOperative Evaluation and Management I 3 units
15 units
Spring
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 652 PeriOperative Evaluation and Management II 3 units
ANST 694a Doctoral Capstone Project 2 units
15 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
10 units
Fall
ANST 506 Advanced Principles of Anesthesia Practice 4 units
ANST 611 Leadership and Collaborative Practice 3 units
ANST 615 Clinical Residency in Nurse Anesthesia 2 units
ANST 631 Clinical Synthesis 1a 2 units
ANST 694b Doctoral Capstone Project 2 units
13 units
Spring
ANST 616 Advanced Clinical Residency in Nurse Anesthesia I 2 units
ANST 632 Clinical Synthesis 1b 2 units
ANST 694c Doctoral Capstone Project 2 units
6 units

Year 3

Summer
ANST 613 Clinician Technology Interface 3 units
ANST 617 Advanced Clinical Residency in Nurse Anesthesia II 2 units
ANST 633 Clinical Synthesis IIa 2 units
7 units
Fall
ANST 618 Advanced Clinical Residency in Nurse Anesthesia III 2 units
ANST 634 Clinical Synthesis IIb 2 units
4 units
Spring
ANST 619 Advanced Clinical Residency in Nurse Anesthesia IV 3 units
ANST 694d Doctoral Capstone Project (if needed) 2 unit
3-5 units
(H) = Hybrid Total =
80-82 units