Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nurse Anesthesia Program Outcomes

Program Specific Competency Goals

Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Nurse Anesthesia degree, the graduate will be able to:

  • Integrate nursing science and theories to improve healthcare delivery systems, describe the actions and strategies to improve those healthcare systems, and evaluate patient outcomes in preparation for evolving nursing practice realities.  (Critical Thinking, Technology)**
  • Implement and evaluate healthcare delivery based on scientific findings that ensure quality and safety and consider ethical dilemmas, by using advanced communication processes, business and financial principles, and sensitivity to diverse populations.  (Diversity, Communication)**
  • Translate research into practice using evidence-based methods by disseminating findings, collaborating between disciplines, designing processes, and evaluating quality improvement methodologies to address the complex needs of humankind.  (Professionalism, Communication, and Critical Thinking)**
  • Design information systems to guide clinical decision making, evaluate programs, and improve healthcare outcomes while considering ethical and legal issues related to the use of information.  (Technology, Communication)**
  • Demonstrate leadership through the development, implementation, and analysis of health policy at the micro and macrosystems of healthcare by engaging policy makers and advocating for social justice and the nursing profession.  (Professionalism, Diversity)**
  • Lead interprofessional teams through effective communication, leadership, and collaboration to create practice improvement innovations in complex healthcare delivery systems.  (Communication, Professionalism)**
  • Analyze healthcare delivery models using scientific data to develop, implement, and evaluate health promotion and disease prevention strategies to address gaps in care for population health.  (Diversity, Critical Thinking, Technology)**
  • Demonstrate advanced clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability by designing and implementing evidenced-based care for specialty nursing practice via interprofessional collaboration, excellence in nursing, and therapeutic relationships with patients and other professionals.  (Critical Thinking, Communication, Professionalism)**

Council on Accreditation (COA) Graduate Standards

Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, graduates will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Support patient safety through vigilance and protection from complications.  (Critical thinking, Technology)**
  • Demonstrate competence in the perianesthesia management of patients by delivering individualized, culturally competent care across the life span.  (Diversity, Technology)**
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, responsibility and accountability by applying evidenced-based concepts to decision making and problem solving when assessing, diagnosing, managing and evaluating perianesthesia care.  (Critical Thinking, Technology)**
  • Develop interpersonal communication skills promoting the effective exchange of information and collaboration while respecting patient privacy and maintaining confidentiality.  (Communication, Technology)**
  • Develop a leadership style integrating critical thinking and facilitating professional collaboration.  (Professionalism, Critical Thinking)**
  • Demonstrate professionalism, including a commitment to academic and personal integrity.  (Professionalism)**

**Categories denoted in the parentheses represent relationship to Clarkson College’s student success skills, which are our institutional student learning outcomes, and include Communication, Technology, Critical Thinking, Diversity, and Professionalism

Performance Outcomes

  2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023
First Time Board Pass Rate* 86.7%
Overall Board Pass Rate* 100%
National Average Board Pass Rate (first time)* 84.4% 84.1% 84.1%
Graduation Rate*** 100%
Job Placement/Employment Rate**** 100%

Attrition Rates

  2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023
Attrition Rates 0% 0% 6.6%

Board pass rate is measured by the number of graduates that have successfully completed either their professional licensing examination or national certification examination. The national certification examination for this degree is the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists exam.

** Method 3 calculation 

*** Graduation rates for this program are measured at GR 100. This refers to the percentage of a school’s eligible students who complete their degree/certificate program within 100% of the published time for the certificate/degree program (on-time).

**** Employment rates are taken from returned graduate surveys, alumni surveys, employer surveys, and individual graduate’s reports to the program.

The Clarkson College Nurse Anesthesia Program had their onsite accreditation visit in 2015 where they received a perfect score and a full 10 year accreditation renewal through 2026.    

COA Accredited Nurse Anesthesia Programs