Will I be allowed to work as a nurse while I am attending your school?

The time committed to study, class, and clinical practice may consume over 60 hours per week. The University encourages students to plan finances appropriately, before entering the program, so they will not have to work while enrolled in the program. Students enrolled in the DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program are discouraged from working as an RN. Enrolled students shall not work as a nurse anesthetist while in the program.

What does the DNP NA Program accept as “critical care experience”?

Critical care experience needed in order to be considered a successful applicant would be full-time employment in an acute critical care unit such as CVICU, Neuro ICU, Surgical ICU or Medical ICU.  Emergency Room, PACU, or Operating Room experience is not considered to be critical care experience.  RN’s working in these areas are not involved in the management and treatment of hemodynamic changes on a routine basis.  Pediatric ICU and Neonatal ICU experience is accepted as long as the applicant also has experience in adult critical care.  In addition, the applicant should be able to calculate drug dosages and vasoactive drips without the use of an IV pump or hemodynamic monitor.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in an area other than nursing.  Can I apply for admission to the DNP NA Program?

No, all applicants must have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)​.  Post-Masters Certificate applicants must hold an MSN degree from an accredited program. 

​Is my deposit refundable once I have been accepted into the program?

No, deposits paid to the University are nonrefundable.  A $3000.00 deposit is required upon acceptance into the program and is applied towards the fees payable to UNCG​. 

When do students begin clinical rotations and how long do they last?

First year students begin clinical rotation beginning in January during the second semester.  The clinical schedules will be prepared in 4-8 week blocks depending on the level of the student in the program.  First year students will have the first three rotations in 8 week blocks. 

Can I only be assigned to a clinical rotation located near my home?

The UNCG DNP NA program has numerous clinical sites throughout North Carolina.  Our students only rotate through official sites of the program and could conceivably rotate through all clinical sites upon completion of the program.  It is not permissible to place a student in one clinical site near their respective home.

Can I take UNCG DNP NA core courses before being accepted into the program?

It is recommended that UNCG core courses be completed prior to enrolling in the program, but it is not mandatory.  Core courses are now offered online and available through the Visions program with UNCG Graduate School.

Does the UNCG DNP NA program have a patient simulator?

Yes, students can experience simulator scenarios in both the first and second semester.  The program also has an inventory of airway, spines and CVP practice mannequins.  In addition, the school offers both a difficult airway workshop and a spinal workshop as part of the curriculum.

What is the passing rate on the Certifying Exam?

RSNA meets the required passing rate on the Certifying​​ Exam acceptable to the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs.  RSNA’s current first-time test takers passing rate is 91% which exceeds the COA threshold of 80%.  All RSNA graduates have passed the Certification Exam and are employed. ​