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)**

**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

  2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
First Time Board Pass Rate 58.3% 100%** 89%
Overall Board Pass Rate 100% 100% 100%
National Average Board Pass Rate (first time) 87% 84% 84%
Graduation Rate 100% 100% 100%
Job Placement/Employment Rate* 100% 100% 100%

Attrition Rates

  2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Attrition Rates 8.3% 8.3% 0%

* Employment rates taken from returned graduate surveys, employer surveys, and graduates report to program individually.

**Method 3 calculation 

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