B.S.N. to DNP Program, with Specialization in Nurse Anesthesia

Nursing OR

Program Director
Assistant Professor Patricia Molloy
pmolloy@ric.edu

The B.S.N. to DNP program, with specialization in nurse anesthesia, is the only nurse anesthesia program in Rhode Island. It is offered in collaboration with the St. Joseph Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia (SJHSNA ). Students receive a world-class education taught by extraordinary faculty in state-of-the-art facilities. Upon successful completion of this program, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists Nurse Anesthesia certification exam. This program is pending approval by the Council on accreditation. You can visit the SJHSNA website at http://www.sjhsna.com.

Program Details

Admission Requirements

  1. A completed application form accompanied by a $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  2. A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program.
  3. Applicants with international degrees must have their transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
  4. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate records.
  5. Completion of an undergraduate-level statistics course (MATH 240 or its equivalent) with a minimum grade of C.
  6. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate coursework.
  7. A preferred undergraduate minimum GPA of 3.0 in science courses.
  8. An official report on scores of the Graduate Record Exam or the Miller Analogies Test.
  9. An official report on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) from international applicants for whom English is not their first language.
  10. A professional resume or curriculum vitae.
  11. Three professional references. One must be from a clinical supervisor.
  12. A statement of intent that demonstrates the candidate’s leadership and practice experience and reasons for pursuing doctoral study. The statement should be representative of the applicant’s writing ability. The statement should be two-to-four typed pages, double-spaced and written in 12-point font.
  13. Proof of residency is required for in-state tuition.
  14. An interview may be required.

Additional Requirements for Specialization in Nurse Anesthesia

  1. Completion of two courses in chemistry (Chem 105, 106), with at least 8 credits completed within the last 10 years with a minimum grade of C.
  2. Completion of a 3 credit, graduate-level course in chemistry (CHEM 519 or equivalent) completed within the last five years,  with a minimum grade of B-.
  3. Current unrestricted licensure for practice in both the State of Rhode Island and the State of Massachusetts (due to clinical rotations in both states).
  4. Current AHA BLS and ACLS certification.
  5. A minimum of one year of critical care experience. A complete definition of accepted critical care experience is found on the SJHSNA website at www.sjhsna.com.
  6. Skills and abilities that applicants and students must demonstrate are also on the SJHSNA website at www.sjhsna.com.
  7. An interview is required.

Retention Requirements

  1. All students are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 (grade of B) or greater in their graduate program.
  2. Students who earn less than a B, including a grade of U, in a required nursing course will have their status reviewed by the DNP program director.
  3. Students who do not achieve a minimum grade of B in Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pathophysiology or Advanced Pharmacology must repeat the course and may not progress in clinical courses.
  4. Students who earn a grade less than B- in the required science courses, including Chem 519, BIOL 535 and BIOL 536, will be placed on probationary status.
  5. Students on probationary status must achieve a minimum grade of B in all required nursing courses over the next 9 credits.
  6. Two grades below a B are sufficient cause for consideration of dismissal. The decision regarding a student's status will be made by the DNP program director in consultation with the dean.
  7. Students may be required to repeat a course at the discretion of the DNP program director.

Program Learning Goals

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate scientific knowledge from nursing and related disciplines as the basis for clinical practice and practice scholarship.
  2. Demonstrate leadership and systems thinking to design, implement, and evaluate innovative strategies to ensure quality, cost-effective health care for individuals and populations.
  3. Develop, analyze, implement, evaluate and disseminate evidence-based best practice and clinical scholarship.
  4. Impact the selection of and evaluate system, patient care and population-focused technologies to improve health outcomes.
  5. Influence health care policy and advocate for ethical policies, equity and social justice, access to quality, culturally relevant health care and elimination of health disparities.
  6. Lead interprofessional collaborative teams to improve individual, system and population-focused health outcomes.
  7. Implement and evaluate health promotion and disease prevention approaches and initiatives to improve individual and population health outcomes.
  8. Demonstrate advanced clinical judgment and systems thinking to impact health care at the individual, system and population level.

By attaining doctoral level competencies in these areas, students are prepared to participate as full scholars in the effective translation of evidence into practice and achievement of optimal outcomes at the patient, population and system levels.