The following requirements must be met prior to consideration for admission into the DNP–Nurse Anesthesia Emphasis:
A) BSN from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLNAC), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission on College Nursing Education (CCNE)
B) Prerequisite coursework with 8 credits of anatomy and physiology, 8 credits of inorganic and organic chemistry, 3-4 credits of microbiology and 3-4 credits of pharmacology
C) Current, unencumbered Wisconsin RN license
D) Minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA
E) Current BLS and ACLS certification
F) Three professional references with knowledge of applicant: 1) nursing unit supervisor, 2) faculty/instructor from college or university, and 3) CRNA (or anesthesiologist if CRNA not available) from shadowing experience.
G) Minimum of one year of current, continuous, full-time (or part-time equivalent) critical care experience* as a registered nurse. Two years of experience and Critical Care Certification (CCRN) are preferred.
Note: Due to the competitive nature of the admission process applicants should understand that meeting the minimum standards does not guarantee admission into the program. Applicants will be screened and the most qualified individuals will be invited for an interview.
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Critical care experience must be obtained within the U.S., U.S. territories or a U.S. military hospital. During this experience, applicants must develop critical decision making and psychomotor skills, competency in patient assessment, and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques.
A critical care unit comprises one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (e.g., pulmonary artery, central venous pressure, and arterial catheters); cardiac assist devices; mechanical ventilation; and vasoactive infusions. Critical care units include surgical intensive care, cardiothoracic intensive care, coronary intensive care, medical intensive care, pediatric intensive care and neonatal intensive care. Applicants with experience in other areas may be considered if they demonstrate competence with managing unstable patients, invasive monitoring, ventilators and critical care pharmacology.