A Message from the Program Director

Welcome to Rocky Vista University’s Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program. I am pleased that you have chosen to pursue your next academic and professional steps with us. At RVU, the success and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff has always been a top priority. The following pages describe our curriculum and the policies that will guide you on your path to receiving your DNAP degree.

The curriculum we have designed will give you a broad and deep exposure to scientific and anesthetic principles. It will require you to think critically about how science is applied to anesthesia practice. This includes learning about diversity, equity, and inclusion and preparing you for successfully working in diverse workplace settings with people from many backgrounds. Our dedicated and highly educated didactic and clinical faculty will challenge your ideas, inspire your curiosity, and develop your drive to enhance your learning.  All of these aspects culminate in a DNAP program that will prepare you for successful entry into anesthesia practice.

We are committed to your education and aim to set a positive example for you, the student, by conducting ourselves with the utmost level of professionalism, compassion, and integrity. And we will expect you to do the same, as these are the most respected characteristics of healthcare professionals, researchers, and people.

I applaud you for embarking on this educational journey and I look forward to seeing what you will accomplish as part of RVU’s first DNAP class.


Craig S. Atkins DNP, CRNA
Program Director, Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
Rocky Vista University