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University of Pittsburgh    
2020-2021 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  May 22, 2022
2020-2021 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Nurse Anesthesia MSN to DNP Concentration

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This on‐line, practice‐focused 36 credit doctoral program will prepare nursing leaders for the highest level of clinical nursing practice beyond the initial preparation in the discipline. Applicants will be CRNAs with a master’s degree.  Throughout the program students will develop clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills. Specialty focused and core courses of the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing Nurse Anesthesia Program MSN to DNP curriculum will focus on evidence‐based practice, organizational and systems leadership, informatics, health care policy and finance, patient safety and population health, interprofessional collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes..and genetics and molecular therapeutics.

Directed cognates may be used to expand upon the students’ knowledge base within the DNP project focus area. The program will culminate in a DNP project that reflects the synthesis and application of knowledge gained throughout the curriculum. Project areas will include quality improvement projects, policy analysis, clinical demonstration projects, clinical program development and projects focused on improved patient care and safety.

A sample program plan for full time study is provided below. Depending on courses completed during the previous MSN program, additional coursework may be required.

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