College of Health Sciences

Glendale, AZ Campus

Course Descriptions

Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice

Prerequisites are listed for those courses with such requirements. When no prerequisite is listed in a course description, it is implied that there is no prerequisite.

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DNAPG 1510

Foundations of Clinical Practice

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This course affords students the opportunity to evaluate and analyze their clinical or educational nurse anesthesia practice and determine strategies for improvement. Evidence derived from a substantive literature review forms the underpinnings for the improvement process for patients, populations, clinical or educational settings.

Credits: 4

DNAPG 1511

Systems Thinking and Organizational Leadership

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This course examines organizational management of local and national healthcare delivery systems. Examination of systems analysis frames leadership influence in the modern, diverse healthcare environment. The course also explores health and illness, anesthesia providers and other members of the healthcare team with emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches.

Credits: 3

DNAPG 1512

Advanced Nurse Anesthesia Practice I

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Advanced Nurse Anesthesia Practice I is the first of a 4-course sequence that introduces the student to the D.N.A.P. scholarly project. Students identify a clinical or educational problem that requires systematic inquiry to build a research utilization project or research study proposal. The problem and significance as well as the conceptual or theoretical framework and initial literature search are included. Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies as well as the research utilization process are examined.

Credits: 6

DNAPG 1520

Healthcare Policy

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Political advocacy is highly valued in the nurse anesthesia profession. This course analyzes issues and policies that affect nurse anesthesia practice and healthcare at local, state and national levels. Change theory and leadership models are examined in the context of how nurse anesthetists influence healthcare policy. The course includes interdisciplinary, intraprofessional and interprofessional models for examining healthcare policy. Leadership development to address and influence health policy development for patients and the profession is included.

Credits: 3

DNAPG 1521

Ethics and Informatics

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This course explores informatics and the use of technology including data identification, data collection, processing data management of data that supports nurse anesthesia practice and nurse anesthesia education. Ethical and legal issues surrounding patient information in the digital world are explored.

Credits: 3

DNAPG 1522

Advanced Nurse Anesthesia Practice II

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This scholarly project course focuses on completion of a substantive literature review. The literature is organized, analyzed, integrated and synthesized.

Credits: 6

DNAPG 1530

Biostatistics and Research: Generating Evidence for Practice

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Statistical analysis of qualitative and quantitative research designs is explored.

Credits: 4

DNAPG 1531

Patient Safety and Health Promotion

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Analyzes human error, patient safety and quality assurance using a collaborative model. The course also examines crisis resource management, simulation, and other aspects of anesthesia practice as related to risk management.

Credits: 3

DNAPG 1532

Advanced Nurse Anesthesia Practice III

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The course includes research study methodology consistent with the research question and/or aim of the scholarly project. Methodology addresses the specific type of study, measurement tools, data collection, data management and data analysis. For research utilization projects, a plan for evaluation of outcomes is included. Data analysis explores proposed methods for analyzing the study or project findings. Preparation of an IRB application is included.

Credits: 6

DNAPG 1540

Education Process and Research

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This course provides foundations in teaching and learning in nurse anesthesia programs. Content includes theories of adult learning, curriculum and instruction, course, instructor and program evaluation, and clinical preceptorship. Evidence for educational practice is examined through the scholarship of teaching and learning. Accreditation process and program administration are included.

Credits: 6

DNAPG 1541

Population Based Care

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This course focuses on Anesthesia as it pertains to the family units, the aging population and anesthesia as a contributor to the larger health system.

Credits: 4

DNAPG 1542

Advanced Nurse Anesthesia Practice IV

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This is the final capstone course. A professional poster is completed based on the key elements of the study proposal or research utilization project. Presentation of the final scholarly product to the faculty, peers, master’s degree nurse anesthesia students and invited guests is required. Students will submit the final product as a manuscript for publication, a poster at a local or national meeting, or as a platform presentation.

Credits: 6