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Doctorate Program

La Roche University prepares nurse anesthetists for advanced leadership roles involving health care policy, administration and education. Choose between an Entry Level or a Completion program to earn your Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice at La Roche.

Entry Level DNAP Program

This entry level program prepares graduates to assume leadership positions, with the ultimate goals of improving health care and patient outcomes.

DNAP Completion Program

The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) is designed to meet the needs of the working professional. This completion program is only offered as a part-time option and is offered in six consecutive semesters.  The program begins in early fall with a week-long residency on campus. Classes are offered within a 15-week format. 

Graduates of the programs are prepared to:  

  • Analyze current and emerging scientific knowledge and technologies to provide the highest level of nurse anesthesia practice.  

  • Translate applicable evidence-based research findings into practice.  

  • Initiate changes in response to social, political, economic and ethical issues in health care.  

  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policies for the improvement of health care.  

  • Develop leadership skills to meet the challenges of increasingly complex health care and educational environments impacting the practice of nurse anesthesia.  

  • Employ teaching and learning principles in the education of individuals, families, anesthesia students and peers.  

  • Initiate physiologically sound, evidence-based and culturally sensitive individualized anesthesia care for diverse populations across the lifespan while considering the surgical procedures and comorbid conditions.  

  • Adhere to the American Nurse Anesthetist Association’s (AANA) Code of Ethics and Practice standards. 

Why La Roche? 

The transition to the practice doctorate for nurses and other non-physicians in the U.S. has been driven by national health care policy that attempts to reduce medical errors, mediate health care costs and improve quality and outcomes for patients. Practice doctorates have been established for many health professions in environments such as: optometry, audiology, pharmacy and physical therapy. 
La Roche's DNAP program responds to the needs of today's complex health care environment. Doctoral candidates receive a practice-based education that covers the science, strategies and economics behind providing the highest level of patient care. 


Both the Entry Level an Completion Level DNAP programs are approved and accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). COA, 10275 W. Higgins Rd. Suite 906, Rosemont, IL 60018-5603; (847) 655-1160.

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