SPECTRUM – Roseman University Introduces Nevada’s First Doctoral Program for Nurse Anesthetists

March 11, 2024 By Jason Roth

Roseman University College of Nursing made Nevada history last month by announcing the state’s first-ever Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Anesthesia (DNPNA) program designed to train the next generation of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).

Set to launch in July 2024, the innovative 36-month DNPNA curriculum will leverage a hybrid online format. Students will complete interactive didactic coursework online, supplemented by immersive in-person clinical rotations with medical partners across the Las Vegas area beginning midway through year one.

“Roseman’s DNPNA students will learn how to administer anesthesia and deliver anesthesia-related services independently and as part of an interprofessional team. Students will learn through real-world scenarios using state-of-the-art simulation and training in collaboration with clinical partners in Southern Nevada,” said Dr. Nathaniel Apatov, Roseman’s DNPNA program director. “Further, students will have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and systems-level thinking, while learning their important role in a health care team.”

The program aims to train qualified graduates ready to fill the growing shortage of licensed nurse anesthetists. Experts predict a 38% increase in CRNA jobs over the next ten years due to factors like an aging population needing surgery and too few anesthesiologists to meet demand.

Roseman’s Dean of the College of Nursing, Dr. Brian Oxhorn, reiterated why the new program is so timely. “Our aging population, increase in chronic diseases requiring surgery, and the shortage of anesthesiologists all contribute to high job opportunities and pay upon graduation and licensure.”

The career prospects for certified nurse anesthetists are currently very bright. In 2022, the median salary for CRNAs surpassed $200,000, making it the highest-paid nursing specialty.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, be fully knowledgeable and skilled in administrating anesthesia, and be prepared to apply for CRNA licensing. Nurses holding a BSN degree and active RN/advanced practice RN license can apply now for the first cohort starting this July. Visit nursing.roseman.edu for more information.