BSN to DNP: Nurse Anesthesia Track

The Nurse Anesthesia track prepares students as expert clinicians for every stage and in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered to patients. Because nurse anesthetists are responsible for direct patient care, students gain hands-on experience in a variety of regional (neuraxial and peripheral blocks) and general anesthesia techniques under the supervision of CRNA and M.D. faculty. In addition to "routine" surgical cases, nurse anesthesia students enhance their preparation by participating in trauma, major burn, and high-risk obstetrical cases. Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the certification examination administered by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists. Successful completion of this examination allows the new graduate to practice as a nurse anesthetist in all patient care settings. The DNP Nurse Anesthesia track requires 75 credits and a completion of a DNP Project.

Nurse Anesthesia Student Progression Requirements

  • Students are required to maintain an overall grade point average of a B (3.0). If the GPA falls below 3.0 in any semester, the student is placed on probation for the following semester and has one semester to bring their GPA above 3.0. If the overall grade point average is again below 3.0 or the GPA falls below 3.0 a second time, the student will be dismissed from the program. 
  • A student is allowed to earn one B- in any NS (DNP core nursing) course. A second grade of B- in any NS course in any semester will result in dismissal from the program.
  • A student who earns a grade below a B in any NSAN (anesthesia course) will be dismissed by the program.

Bridgeport Hospital Nurse Anesthesia Program

Students in the Nurse Anesthesia Track are subject to all Bridgeport Hospital and Fairfield University policies and procedures. Bridgeport Hospital and Bridgeport Anesthesia Associates have the right to remove a student from assignment at Bridgeport Hospital after it has been determined by Bridgeport Hospital that such removal is in the best interest of the Hospital and of patient safety. The appeal of such removal of a student and all clinical and/or administrative grievances shall be addressed according to the policies and procedures set forth in the Bridgeport Hospital Nurse Anesthesia Program Student Handbook. Academic Grievances shall be addressed according to the policies and procedures set forth in the Fairfield University Graduate Catalog.

Foundation Core Courses
NS 0601Epidemiology and Biostatistics3
NS 0605Advanced Healthcare Policy3
NS 0608Research Methods for Evidenced-Based Practice3
NS 0610Advanced Nursing Roles and Reflective Practice3
DNP Core Courses
NS 0611Population Health3
NS 0612Research Translation for Clinical Practice3
NS 0613Finance and Quality Management in Healthcare Organizations3
NS 0614Information Technology for Healthcare Improvement3
NS 0615Leadership and Interprofessional Collaboration3
NS 0687DNP Immersion 15
NS 0697DNP Seminar I 21
NS 0699DNP Seminar II 21
Advanced Practice Core Courses
NS 0604Advanced Health Assessment4
NS 0641Advanced Pharmacology3
Nurse Anesthesia Courses
NS 0669Advanced Pathophysiology for Anesthesia Practice4
NS 0670Human Anatomy and Physiology for Nurse Anesthetists3
NSAN 0671Pharmacologic Strategies in Anesthesia Practice3
NSAN 0673Chemistry and Physics for Nurse Anesthetists3
NSAN 0675Clinical Orientation and Specialty Rotations1
NSAN 0676Clinical Practicum I1
NSAN 0677Clinical Practicum II1
NSAN 0678Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management in Clinical Practice2
NSAN 0680Clinical Practicum III2
NSAN 0682Clinical Practicum IV2
NSAN 0683Clinical Correlation Conference2
NSAN 0685Clinical Practicum V2
NSAN 0686Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice I3
NSAN 0687Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice II3
NSAN 0688Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice III2
Total Credits75

A total of 2250 practicum/immersion hours is required for the DNP in Nurse Anesthesia.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
NS 0605 Advanced Healthcare Policy 3
NS 0670 Human Anatomy and Physiology for Nurse Anesthetists 3
NSAN 0673 Chemistry and Physics for Nurse Anesthetists 3
NS 0604 Advanced Health Assessment 4
NS 0610 Advanced Nursing Roles and Reflective Practice 3
NS 0669 Advanced Pathophysiology for Anesthesia Practice 4
NS 0601 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 3
NS 0608 Research Methods for Evidenced-Based Practice 3
NSAN 0671 Pharmacologic Strategies in Anesthesia Practice 3
NSAN 0686 Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice I 3
Second Year
NS 0611 Population Health 3
NSAN 0675 Clinical Orientation and Specialty Rotations 1
NSAN 0678 Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management in Clinical Practice 2
NSAN 0687 Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice II 3
NS 0613 Finance and Quality Management in Healthcare Organizations 3
NS 0687 DNP Immersion 1 1
NSAN 0676 Clinical Practicum I 1
NSAN 0688 Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice III 2
NS 0612 Research Translation for Clinical Practice 3
NS 0615 Leadership and Interprofessional Collaboration 3
NS 0687 DNP Immersion 1 1
NSAN 0677 Clinical Practicum II 1
Third Year
NS 0641 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NS 0687 DNP Immersion 1 1
NSAN 0680 Clinical Practicum III 2
NS 0614 Information Technology for Healthcare Improvement 3
NS 0687 DNP Immersion 1 1
NS 0697 DNP Seminar I 1
NSAN 0682 Clinical Practicum IV 2
NS 0687 DNP Immersion 1 1
NS 0699 DNP Seminar II 1
NSAN 0683 Clinical Correlation Conference 2
NSAN 0685 Clinical Practicum V 2
 Total Credits75

A minimum of 2250 practicum/immersion hours are required for the DNP.