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Gonzaga’s Doctorate in Nurse Anesthesia Practice Earns Full Accreditation; First Cohort Enrolls in Fall 2015

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SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University’s Doctorate in Nurse Anesthesia Practice, part of the School of Nursing & Human Physiology, has received full accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia and its first cohort of 10 bachelor-degreed students will enroll for fall semester 2015 in the three-year, 103-semester-credit program.

The only program of its kind in the state, the DNAP will continue Gonzaga’s tradition of preparing certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) who practice as Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners. In addition, it will prepare students for leadership roles in health care and anesthesia administration. The DNAP continues the long partnership between Gonzaga and Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital, the primary clinical site for DNAP students.

“We’re excited about starting this degree,” said Brenda Stevenson Marshall, dean of the Gonzaga School of Nursing and Human Physiology. “This program reinforces the partnership of Gonzaga with Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and our joint commitment to health care excellence.”

The program will replace Gonzaga’s Master of Anesthesiology Education Program, established in 1977, which graduates its last cohort in May 2016.

The DNAP is open to registered nurses with bachelor’s degrees, two years of adult critical care experience and strong grade point averages. Applicants must possess CCRN certification offered by American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, and strong professional references.

For more information, please contact Dean Brenda Stevenson Marshall at (509) 313-3544.

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