Program Overview

Become a Nurse

Ursuline College with SNAP is a full-time 36-month format that prepares the baccalaureate-educated nurse to become a doctorally-prepared nurse anesthesiologist.

  • Most rewarding profession within the healthcare industry.
  • Highest nursing degree of practice authority and professional respect.
  • Employment growth projected to increase by 45% by 2030.


Doctoral Nurse Anesthesia Track

The DNP Nurse Anesthesia track is a full-time, 36-month integrated format that prepares the baccalaureate-educated nurse to become a doctorally prepared nurse anesthetist. The curriculum is designed to meet the standards of the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

  • Classes will be asynchronous and synchronous for this distant learning program.
  • While courses will be taught online, students will be required to be on-campus once a year throughout the three-year program for intensive skills instruction and competency assessments.
  • This is a national program with clinical sites across the United States. Graduates of Ursuline College with SNAP receive a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and are eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam (NCE) for Nurse Anesthetists administered by the NBCRNA.

Graduates who successfully complete this written exam are certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs).



Post-Graduate Doctor of Nursing Practice Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)-Nurse Anesthesia Track

Students enrolled in the DNP Nurse Anesthesia program may consider the post-doctoral AGACNP track. This track prepares the graduate to become certified as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), in addition to a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

The students will first complete the Nurse Anesthesia program (36 months) and receive their Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. Students are then eligible to take the National Certification Exam (NCE) administered by the National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) to become a CRNA. For those who wish to enroll in the post-graduate AGACNP program, the application process is simplified.

The AGACNP courses are offered via distance learning with synchronous and asynchronous formats, however students are required to return to campus during the NR 644 and NR 645 courses for training and skills assessments. Clinicals will be arranged by the program, and as much as possible will be located near your residence. Practicum hours must be with an AGACNP, physician intensivist, or physician hospitalist (critical care medicine).

After completing the required courses (17 credits) and clinical hours (minimum 500 hours) in the post-graduate AGACNP curriculum, the student will be eligible to take the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) certification exam. This exam is available through either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

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