Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP)


Gonzaga’s Doctorate in Nurse Anesthesia Practice Earns Full Accreditation;
First Cohort Enrolls in Fall 2015

Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP
): The DNAP program is designed for the registered nurse who wishes to assume a leadership role within the profession of nurse anesthesia. In addition to preparing students to be competent, skilled nurse anesthesia practitioners, it is the mission of the program to nurture and develop innovative, creative leaders for the advancement of the profession.  The Department of Nurse Anesthesia Practice is offering an innovative nurse anesthesia doctoral program that will enroll its first cohort of DNAP students in Fall 2015.

Completed applications are reviewed every October 1st with personal interviews with members of the admissions committee occurring every January, by invitation only.  This clinical Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program is consistent with the mission of Gonzaga University: to prepare nurse anesthetists for leadership in the service of others.

The DNAP Program is a practice doctorate, not a research doctorate. The program is available to registered nurses who want to advance their practice as nurse anesthesia practitioners.  

What is a nurse anesthetist?

A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) is an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) who has graduated from an accredited program and passed the National Qualifying Examination. CRNAs administer 60% of the anesthetics given in the United States and practice in a variety of settings including small and large hospitals, general and specialty outpatient surgery centers, offices, obstetric units, and military settings. CRNAs are involved with state and national professional organizations, present at conferences, contribute to journals and teach patients and their families what they need to know to feel comfortable with their anesthesia experience In rural America, CRNAs provide nearly all of the anesthesia services. CRNAs may work with anesthesiologists (physicians with a specialty in anesthesia) in a team practice or may be the solo providers of anesthesia services in a facility or community.

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Avenue
Tilford Center Suite 312
Spokane, WA 99258


Shannon Zaranski
Assistant to the Dean

School of Nursing and Human Physiology
Phone (509) 313-3569

Program Directors:
Maggie Meyers, CRNA, MAE
Scot Pettey, CRNA, DNAP
Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center