Doctor in Nurse Anesthesia Practice

Doctor in Nurse Anesthesia Practice
Anesthesia (DNAP)

The DNAP aims to prepare a professional in the field of nursing in their terminal degree within the specialty of Anesthesia. This graduate will be able to carry out activities related to the administration of anesthetics, perform invasive procedures in direct collaboration with the anesthesiologist and the multidisciplinary team in any clinical setting where surgical procedures are practiced.

The program aims to develop a professional in the field of anesthesia who:

  • Possess inherent knowledge and skills that can perform as an expert within the anesthetic nursing specialty.
  • Possess ethical-professional attitudes, communication skills and leadership in the management of peri-anesthetic care that facilitates intervention with the patient, the family and the health team.
  • Use the research process as the main instrument to find solutions to problems identified in your clinical environment that offer better treatment and care offered to the community.
  • Use the results of scientific research to strengthen the quality of service in the field of anesthetic nursing.
Here you will find two admission application packages with the necessary documents for International residents and Puerto Rico residents.

For more information please contact Patricia Acabá:

Admission Requirements
  • Admission Modality (A) Post-Baccalaureate
    • Possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited university.
    • Have a minimum academic index of 3.00 points in the last sixty (60) credits of academic work.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in both oral and written English.
    • Evidence of having taken within the last two (2) years one of the following tests:
      • Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
      • Miller Analogy Test (MAT)
      • Examination of Admission to Postgraduate Studies (EXADEP)
      • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
    • Have a permanent license and current membership of professional generalist nurse.
    • Have a minimum of one (1) year of critical care experience.
    • Submit two (2) letters of recommendation from the supervisory staff of the agencies where they have had the work experience.
    • Hold an interview with the Program Admission Committee.
    • Submit the following documents:
      • Current Health Certificate
      • Evidence of vaccination against Hepatitis B, chickenpox, and influenza
      • Negative Criminal Record Certificate Issued by the Puerto Rico Police Department
      • Copy of professional license and current membership
      • Negative certification of Law 300 of September 2, 1999.
      • Updated Professional Summary
    • Submit in writing a commitment to take the National Certification Examination (NCE) within one hundred and twenty (120) days after completing the graduation requirements set forth in the Graduate Catalog.
    • Pass with a minimum of 75% a test in the field of anatomy and physiology. If you do not obtain the minimum score required in the previous test, you must pass the course BIOL 3016: Anatomy and Physiology.
    • Have passed a chemistry course with a laboratory of three credits or more.

Time Limit to Complete the Degree

Full-time Students: 36 months

Graduation Requirements:
  • Modality (A) Post-Baccalaureate
    • Meet the graduation requirements for Doctoral Degree of the current Graduate Catalogue.
    • Complete the degree with a minimum overall academic average (GPA) of 3.00.
    • To present official evidence of having administered anesthetics in six hundred and fifty (650) surgical cases in different specialties and two thousand (2,000) clinical hours.
    • To present evidence that the professional article written in the course DNAP 8923: Research and Practical Evidence III in Anesthetic Nursing, was received favorably and is considered for publication by a professional journal in the field of health in local, national or international settings.
    • Evidence 450 points or more in the Self Evaluation Exam (SEE) as part of DNAP 8870 course requirements: Seminar

The Arecibo Campus is authorized to offer this Program. The Program is accredited by the «Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs» .

Information: Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice.

Accreditation Agency:
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs (COA)
(224) 275-9130
10275 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 906
Rosemont, IL 60018-5603

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Accreditation Status:

Specific academic program covered by the accreditation status:
Doctorate in Nurse Anesthesia Practice


  Attrition for the most recent graduating class


  Employment of graduates within six months of graduation


  Certification examination pass rate for first time takers

Program length:

  • 36 months Post-Baccalaureate

Information: Masters Science in Anesthesia Program.


  Attrition for the most recent graduating class


  Employment of graduates within six months of graduation


  Certification examination pass rate for first time takers

Last Masters Cohort Graduation Date: December 2023.

Specific Program Accreditation Status: Fall 2025.

Información de Contacto
Dr. Idalia Ortiz Aponte
Program Director
  • 787-878-5475 Ext. 3501
  • Location
    Department Office:
    E Building - Second Floor
    Office E-206

    Prof. Iván J. Molina Molina
    MS, CRNA, EdDs
    Department Director
    787- 637- 5941
    Classroom - Anesthesia Science Lab:
    E Building - Second Floor

    Service Hours
    Monday to Thursday:
    8:30AM – 12:30 M | 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    8:00 AM - 12:00 M | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Patricia Acabá
    Administrative Asistant II
    Ext. 3503