Going back for DNP

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    I've been thinking about going back for my DNP. I've been out of anesthesia school for about a year and I'm thinking at some point in my career I'd like to teach. I looked at some of the bridge programs from Texas (Texas Wesleyan and Baylor) and it looks like it is mostly on-line and can be done part time. Has anyone out there been accepted and or started a DNP bridge. If so, what is it like? What's the time commitment?
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    I'm in a "hybrid" online/in-class DNP program right now - I've taken two classes so far and am officially starting (with my cohort) in the fall. Each course meets in person twice per semester; most of the students in the program are from all over the country, so they fly in twice each semester for a weekend for the in-person classes.

    I've thought it's been a really nice approach to adult learning. I work full time (as do most of the other students in the program) so even if I could make it to traditional, on-campus program physically, since I'm local to the program, I wouldn't be able to make it work logistically with work, kids, etc. At the same time, I think online-only would be tough for me, since I value forming relationships and having dialogues with classmates and professors.

    I've been taking one class at a time and will be taking two this coming semester. We'll see how 2 classes goes, but 1 class was very, very do-able.

    Good luck!
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    If you want to get into teaching in academia you'll be better served with a PhD in Nursing.
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    You sound like an overacheiver! Teach at a community college on your current degree, see if you like it, then if you want to teach at a university you can continue with school.
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    I'm actually looking for CRNAs who are going for their DNP. I'm teaching a class for my anesthesia school this fall and the hospital I work at will be a clinical site for SRNAs this spring. Thanks for the advice.
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    I am looking into starting the DNAP program at Texas Wesleyan in the Fall of 2011. It is completely online and has a track for education or management. That program was recommended by one of my academic instructors.
    The problem I have run into looking at DNP programs for CRNAs is that not all programs will even except CRNAs into their programs, and most have nothing to enhance/build on our CRNA education. There are a couple of DNAP programs, but the others all require multiple campus visits which just is not possible for me right now.

    I didn't see an option for CRNAs to do their DNP at Baylor when I looked. Is that something new there or did I just miss it?
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    The info from Baylor isn't very clear, but they offer have a DNAP completion program. (Application Procedure - Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia - Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas) They take 30 per year. I couldn't tell if it is all on-line. I'm thinking TWU maybe my best option.
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    I know this thread is old, but I am a current student at Baylor. The DNP program is new this year at Baylor. 15 students are accepted in the BSN-DNP program and up to 30 CRNAs to continue on to the DNP. Those in the post master's program have 2 years of study, completely online with minimal face-time. They also have to complete a capstone project during the course of study.

    If you have any questions, just let me know.
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    Quote from NurseCutie
    I know this thread is old, but I am a current student at Baylor. The DNP program is new this year at Baylor. 15 students are accepted in the BSN-DNP program and up to 30 CRNAs to continue on to the DNP. Those in the post master's program have 2 years of study, completely online with minimal face-time. They also have to complete a capstone project during the course of study.

    If you have any questions, just let me know.
    Thanks for the info!


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