MMC Becomes First South Dakota College to Offer Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Program

July 19, 2016

MMC Now Accepting Applications for May 2017 Start for New Clinical Doctoral Degree in Nurse Anesthesia

Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice ProgramMount Marty College (MMC) has become the first college or university in South Dakota to offer a clinical doctoral degree in nurse anesthesia — now offering a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice program (DNAP) for both entry-into-practice registered nurses and post-master nurse anesthetists. MMC was recently notified of its approval to offer the degree by the Council on Accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. The program will be based at MMC’s Sioux Falls location, 5001 W. 41st Street.

“Mount Marty graduates have seen exceptional success through our Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program with almost 100 percent job placement among our graduates,” said MMC President Marc Long. “This new program expands our service to students and our support of healthcare throughout South Dakota and adjacent states. We are committed to providing the best education possible for our students and communities they will serve, and the DNAP program is a great example of that commitment.”

MMC has offered a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program since 1983. MMC Nurse Anesthesia graduates achieved a 94 percent pass rate on the 2016 certification examination, compared to approximately 86 percent nationally — and earn an average starting salary of $160,000.

Under the direction of Dr. Mary Anne Krogh, PhD, APRN, CRNA, FAAN, the new doctoral program at MMC will meet the upcoming requirement for clinical doctoral education for all nurse anesthesia programs. Registered nurses will have the ability to earn a doctoral degree in the specialty field of nurse anesthesia, and practicing registered nurse anesthetists will be able to return to MMC to earn their post-master’s doctoral degree.

According to Krogh, the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia program will provide educational opportunities to ICU nurses wishing to return to school for their entry-into-practice nurse anesthesia degree and for practicing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) who desire a doctoral degree specific to anesthesia.

“In the nurse anesthesia program, we instill the values of MMC along with the excellent clinical and classroom experience, and we work to equip our students to enter into health care fields that are expanding,” Krogh said. “This new degree answers the demand we were seeing from applicants and a movement afoot for all advanced practice nurses to hold a doctoral degree. We are proud that we are the first program in South Dakota poised to provide clinical doctoral education aimed directly at nurse anesthesia.”

MMC offers the only nurse anesthesia program in the state, and the majority of the South Dakota hospitals with anesthesia services have MMC graduates on staff. MMC nurse anesthesia practice graduates are currently employed in Sioux Falls, Mitchell, Brookings, Watertown, Rapid City, Aberdeen, Indian Health Service, Yankton, Flandreau, Dakota Dunes and Chamberlain. To learn more about the program, visit mtmc.edu/msna.

In addition to the new COA-accredited program, MMC offers a variety of Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)-accredited undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, including a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN and RN/LPN to BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner Program).

MMC is now accepting applications for the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice program immediately, with the first class enrolling in May of 2017. The application deadline is Sept. 15.

To learn more about nursing at MMC, please visit mtmc.edu/nursing.