DNP Program Mission

DNP Program Mission

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program-Nurse Anesthesia produces future generations of professional nurse anesthetists who are leaders in clinical practice, as well as healthcare research, education, and policy. Graduates will embrace innovation, technology, and evidence-based approaches within a culture of lifelong learning.

DNP Program Values and Vision

Values: Integrity, Advocacy, Service, Lifelong Learning, Excellence

Vision: The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program-Nurse Anesthesia will be recognized as an exemplar of nurse anesthesia education.

"I love that BCM is so student focused. You are not just a number in this program everyone cares about your success and your well being. The faculty said on day one, "come to us and we will help you" and the students have the same attitude." - Carla Roberts, DNP Student

Educational Philosophy

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program-Nurse Anesthesia is committed to the promotion of excellence in the nurse anesthesia profession through education, research, and patient care. Nurse anesthesia is an evolving practice shaped by societal and professional needs. The College believes that the doctoral framework is fundamental to preparing clinical anesthesia practitioners and future educators. Together with the anesthesiologist and surgeon, certified registered nurse anesthetists seek to meet patient needs through the provision of high quality, safe, and cost-effective health care. Professional nurse anesthesia practice involves patient assessment, planning, administering, directing and evaluating anesthesia care for the patient in a variety of variety of settings and circumstances.  

The program seeks to provide a wide base of anesthesia educational experiences. The curriculum incorporates cutting edge technology, including web-based learning and human anesthesia simulation, while providing a fully integrated learning experience for students. Faculty believe that learning is an independent, self-initiated, life-long process, including opportunities for teacher-student interaction, goal setting, selecting and evaluating learning experiences as well as monitoring and measuring student progress. Learning experiences, offered online as well as in the classroom and clinical settings, are designed to achieve integration of the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for the production of a competent anesthetist. 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program-Nurse Anesthesia views the student as an individual and is dedicated to the proposition of equal educational opportunity. It is our aim to provide an atmosphere of intellectual inquiry and clinical experience to enable each student to realize his or her potential.  

"The buddy system for all incoming students provides you with someone to reach out to about classes or about balancing school and with the rest of your life. The faculty members are also really responsive. You can reach out by email anytime and get a response in a couple of hours whether your question is specific to a course or about a personal matter." - Kanwal Ali, DNP Student

Program Goals

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program-Nurse Anesthesia is a 36-month program of study leading to a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree in Nurse Anesthesia. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the certification examination given by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists.

The goals of the program are as follows:

  1. Support the College’s mission, values, and imperatives
  2. Prepare graduates to become competent Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, ready to serve society in an advanced role on the health care team
  3. Promote core values and behaviors that encourage respect for diversity, acknowledge human worth and dignity, and support professional nurse anesthesia practice
  4. Foster an appreciation for the necessity of learning, thinking critically, and continuing to grow personally and professionally
  5. Contribute to the nurse anesthesia profession and to society by engaging in expert clinical practice