Program Description

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Nurse Anesthesia, offered in conjunction with Bridgeport Hospital and Bridgeport Anesthesia Associates, is a full-time, partially front-loaded program, designed that meets the doctorate standards of the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. Students completing the full-time, 36-month program earn a Doctor of Nurse Practice degree from Fairfield University and a certificate in nurse anesthesia from Bridgeport Hospital.

The program prepares students as expert clinicians for every stage and setting in which anesthesia is delivered. Because nurse anesthetists are responsible for direct patient care, students gain hands-on experience in regional (neuraxial and peripheral blocks) and general anesthesia techniques supervised by CRNA and MD faculty. Nurse anesthesia students work not only on routine surgical cases, they also enhance participate in trauma, major burn, and high-risk obstetrical cases.

In addition to becoming expert clinicians, DNP program graduates become healthcare leaders caring for patients in their specialty, while using a cross-population perspective to assess, manage and evaluate common problems. Graduates apply knowledge about organizations, business management, information technology and policy-making to improve healthcare delivery systems. They are prepared to assume leadership roles including executive positions in healthcare organizations, directors of clinical programs and university-based faculty positions with a clinical focus.

The certification pass rate is 100 percent for first-time test takers. All graduates gain employment in six months of graduation. Attrition rate for the most recent graduating class is 7 percent (1/13).

Program Policies

Non Discrimination Policy

Fairfield University and Bridgeport Hospital Nurse Anesthesia Program encourages and gives full consideration to all qualified applicants for admission and financial aid regardless of race, gender, sex, religion, color, national origin, marital status, non-disqualifying disability, sexual orientation or any factor protected by law. The program seeks candidates qualified and suited to the nurse anesthesia profession.

Professional Conduct

The program encourages the highest standards of conduct in the hospital, university and community. Graduate students, as citizens, are subject to all federal and state laws in addition to all program regulations governing student conduct and responsibilities. Students violating conduct policies may be subject to disciplinary action or dismissal.

Academic Integrity

Academic honesty is essential for maintaining the trust at the foundation of the educational process. It is a standard of the profession. Both the program and the university hold this standard in high regard. Violation of academic honesty result in sanctions imposed under the program and/or university's disciplinary system. The outcome may result in a failing grade, suspension or dismissal.

Student Employment

Due to the heavy time commitment, the program discourages student employment. Students with an employment commitment must establish work schedules that do not conflict with program responsibilities. These responsibilities include clinical and academic attendance and performance.

RN's may not be employed to practice anesthesia at any time during their enrollment in the nurse anesthesia program.