Nursing Practice (Nurse Anesthesiology) - Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree concentration in Nurse Anesthesiology focuses on rural health and health disparities. Graduates will be qualified to take the national certification exam administered by the National Boards of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists to become a certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA). In addition to the DNP core courses and nurse anesthesiology didactic course, CRNAs complete over 2000 hours of supervised clinical training. New Mexico’s hospitals have a critical need for anesthesia providers throughout the state due to nation-wide shortages and difficulty recruiting providers, especially to rural healthcare centers. Without anesthesia providers, surgeries and some medical procedures cannot take place. And in all of the rural hospitals in new Mexico, CRNAs are the only anesthesia providers.

The Nurse Anesthesiology program has been developed to address this critical workforce need in the state. Qualified New Mexico applicants will be prioritized for admission.

For application information, visit the School of Nursing website or contact the Nursing Graduate Advisor for more information about application and admission requirements at (575) 646-7770.  

Prefix Title Credits
NURS 5120Nursing Informatics3
NURS 6110Introduction to Population Health1
NURS 6120Quality Improvement in Healthcare for Nurse Practitioners3
NURS 6125Evidence-Based Practice for Nurse Practitioners3
NURS 6130Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing Practice2
NURS 6135Interdisciplinary Leadership and Role Development for Practice Excellence3
NURS 6150Advanced Anatomy2
NURS 6155Advanced Physiology4
NURS 6215Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesiology Practice3
NURS 6235Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurse Anesthesiology Practice4
NURS 6240Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Anesthesiology Practice3
NURS 6245Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesiology Practice4
NURS 6250Healthcare Policy and Ethics3
NURS 6260Population Health and the Environment3
NURS 6265Strategic and Financial Planning for Population Health Programs3
NURS 6270Clinical Data Management and Analysis2
NURS 6305Introduction to the DNP Project1
NURS 6307DNP Project Practicum (Can be repeated 2 semesters for a total of 2-9 credits)2-9
NURS 6310DNP Project I1
NURS 6320DNP Project II1
NURS 6330DNP Project III1
NURS 6610Nurse Anesthesiology Principles I3
NURS 6620Nurse Anesthesiology Principles II3
NURS 6630Nurse Anesthesiology Principles III3
NURS 6640Nurse Anesthesiology Principles IV3
NURS 6720Nurse Anesthesiology Clinical Residency II3
NURS 6770Rural Health Anesthesiology Seminar2
NURS 6771Anesthesiology Integration/Clinical Correlation I2
NURS 6772Anesthesiology Integration/Clinical Correlation II2
NURS 6710Nurse Anesthesiology Clinical Residency I3
NURS 6730Nurse Anesthesiology Clinical Residency III3
NURS 6740Nurse Anesthesiology Clinical Residency IV4
NURS 6750Nurse Anesthesiology Clinical Residency V4
NURS 6760Nurse Anesthesiology Clinical Residency VI4
Total Credits91-98

 New Mexico State University is a full member of the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements consortium (SARA). Students will need to check the NMSU SARA website before application to determine if NMSU has a reciprocity agreement with their home state before application is made. 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree concentration in Nurse Anesthesiology focuses on rural health and health disparities. Graduates will be qualified to take the national certification exam administered by the National Boards of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists to become a certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA). In addition to the DNP core courses and nurse anesthesiology didactic course, CRNAs complete over 2000 hours of supervised clinical training. 

For application information, visit the School of Nursing website or contact the Nursing Graduate Advisor for more information about application and admission requirements at (575) 646-7770.  

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SpringCredits
NURS 6110 Introduction to Population Health 1
NURS 6120 Quality Improvement in Healthcare for Nurse Practitioners 3
NURS 6150 Advanced Anatomy 2
NURS 6155 Advanced Physiology 4
NURS 6215 Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesiology Practice 3
 Credits13
Summer
NURS 6230 Advanced Clinical Pharmacology 3
NURS 6235 Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurse Anesthesiology Practice 4
NURS 6240 Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Anesthesiology Practice 3
 Credits10
Second Year
Fall
NURS 5120 Nursing Informatics 3
NURS 6125 Evidence-Based Practice for Nurse Practitioners 3
NURS 6245 Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesiology Practice 4
NURS 6610 Nurse Anesthesiology Principles I 3
 Credits13
Spring
NURS 6265 Strategic and Financial Planning for Population Health Programs 3
NURS 6305 Introduction to the DNP Project 1
NURS 6130 Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing Practice 2
NURS 6620 Nurse Anesthesiology Principles II 3
NURS 6710 Nurse Anesthesiology Clinical Residency I 3
 Credits12
Summer
NURS 6310 DNP Project I 1
NURS 6307 DNP Project Practicum 1
NURS 6630 Nurse Anesthesiology Principles III 3
NURS 6720 Nurse Anesthesiology Clinical Residency II 3
 Credits8
Third Year
Fall
NURS 6135 Interdisciplinary Leadership and Role Development for Practice Excellence 3
NURS 6320 DNP Project II 1
NURS 6307 DNP Project Practicum 1
NURS 6640 Nurse Anesthesiology Principles IV 3
NURS 6730 Nurse Anesthesiology Clinical Residency III 3
 Credits11
Spring
NURS 6255 Innovations and Health Care Organizations 3
NURS 6770 Rural Health Anesthesiology Seminar 2
NURS 6740 Nurse Anesthesiology Clinical Residency IV 4
 Credits9
Summer
NURS 6270 Clinical Data Management and Analysis 2
NURS 6330 DNP Project III 1
NURS 6771 Anesthesiology Integration/Clinical Correlation I 2
NURS 6750 Nurse Anesthesiology Clinical Residency V 4
 Credits9
Fourth Year
Fall
NURS 6250 Healthcare Policy and Ethics 3
NURS 6772 Anesthesiology Integration/Clinical Correlation II 2
NURS 6760 Nurse Anesthesiology Clinical Residency VI 4
 Credits9
 Total Credits94

New Mexico State University is a full member of the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements consortium (SARA). Students will need to check the NMSU SARA website before application to determine if NMSU has a reciprocity agreement with their home state before application is made.