ACADEMIC SUMMARY – DNAP Completion Program
The DNAP Program in the CRNA completion degree format is designed for the practicing CRNA. The program may be completed in a Full-Time, One-Year format or in a Part-Time, Two-Year Format; however, the student’s choice of these two formats must be determined and designated in the application process.
Full-Time, One-Year Format
The full-time, one-year format was designed by MTSA for practicing CRNAs who are highly motivated and goal-directed, to be able to complete the outcomes to earn the DNAP degree within a shorter time period. Selection of this format will be time-consuming for students, as the student will be enrolled in at least 11, and up to 13, quarter hours credit during each of four scheduled academic quarters. The first week of each of the scheduled academic quarters will be an Intensive Week, during which students will be required to attend classes and seminars on the MTSA campus, for a total of FOUR REQUIRED Intensive Weeks. The first quarter, Fall Quarter, will begin in late August/early September and will conclude in mid-November. The second quarter, Winter Quarter, will begin in mid-November and will conclude in mid-February. The third quarter, Spring Quarter, will begin in late February/early March and will conclude in mid-May. The fourth quarter, Summer Quarter, will begin in late May/early June and will conclude in mid-August. In the event that a student has not been able to complete all the requirements for the final Capstone Project by the conclusion of the Summer Quarter, he will be allowed to continue enrollment in the program for one additional quarter (Fall Quarter), during which he is expected to complete all course and program outcomes.
Part-Time, Two-Year Format
The part-time, two-year format was designed by MTSA for practicing CRNAs who are highly motivated and goal-directed, but who may have other simultaneous obligations so would be unable to complete the outcomes to earn the DNAP degree within a shorter time period. Selection of this format will require that the student will be enrolled in at least three and up to eight, quarter hours credit during each of eight scheduled academic quarters. The first week of each of the scheduled academic quarters will be an Intensive Week, during which students will be required to attend classes and seminars on the MTSA campus, for a total of up to EIGHT Intensive Weeks (FOUR Intensive Weeks will be required in the first year, and AT LEAST TWO Intensive Weeks, dependent upon Capstone Project progress, will be required in the second year). The eight quarters will proceed in the same scheduling as those discussed for the full-time, one-year format, but will extend over an additional year. In the event that a student has not been able to complete all the requirements for the final Capstone Project by the conclusion of the Summer Quarter at the end of the second year, he will be allowed to continue enrollment in the program for one additional quarter (Fall Quarter), during which he is expected to complete all course and program outcomes.
It is tradition within the nursing community and in higher education that anyone hooding a graduate has an equal or higher degree. Therefore, it is the policy of MTSA that graduates may choose the CRNA, who has an earned doctoral degree, of their choice to hood them at MTSA graduation services. Further, students may choose a doctorally prepared MTSA faculty member to hood them. The request should be made in writing to the Academic Schedule Coordinator for review by the VP/Dean/Program Administrator. This request should be made no later than one week prior to graduation.
ACADEMIC STANDARDS – DNAP Completion Program
Advancement of each DNAP CRNA completion program student to the next higher level or quarter occurs at quarterly intervals, upon faculty members’ verification of the student’s successful completion of each quarter’s course requirements. In order to progress unencumbered to the next higher level or quarter, the student must meet the following conditions:
- MTSA expects that all DNAP level coursework should result in a minimum earned grade of "B". The first earned grade for a course between 70-79% (C) will require a scheduled meeting with the Program Administrator to discuss the student’s performance and will lead to automatic academic probation with an appearance before the Dean’s Council. The second earned "C" for a course grade will result in dismissal from the program.
- Students will automatically be dismissed from the program for receiving a failing course grade for any course. Failing is defined as any grade below 70%.
- Students who are placed on any type of probation greater than one (1) time will be dismissed from the program.
- Students have the right to appeal decisions of the Dean’s Council by following the MTSA appeal process (see current Student Handbook).
- Each student is carefully evaluated for academic achievement on a regular and continuing basis. Academic grades are published quarterly on the academic transcript. Students shall be advised by their DNAP Program faculty advisor concerning their academic progress no less than quarterly.
- Each student will receive a quarterly grade sheet (MTSA Transcript) reflecting academic progress, with current and cumulative GPAs.
The MTSA Grading Scale is based on the following 4.0 grading system:
A = 90-100% (4.0 Quality Points)
B = 80-89% (3.0 Quality Points)
C = 70-79% (2.0 Quality Points – Student counsels with Dean)
D = 60-69% (1.0 – Failing)
F = 50-59% (0.0 – Failing)
WP Withdrew Passing
WF Withdrew Failing
IP In Progress*
*An In Progress may be given if an instructor or a student is unable to complete a course in one quarter and must complete the course at a later time. This requires special permission from the Dean. Any In Progress on the transcript must be completed before graduation. No student may graduate with an In Progress on the transcript.
Prob/A Probation due to unsatisfactory Academic Performance
Prob/O Probation due to Other Considerations
S Suspension - Involuntary withdrawal from the program for a period determined by MTSA
T Terminated - Involuntary withdrawal from MTSA indefinitely
- Transcripts are given to students on a quarterly basis. The target dates for these transcripts is expected to be no later than the end of the month following the end of each academic quarter.
- Attendance at seminars, specific group functions, and lectures by guest speakers scheduled by MTSA during the quarterly DNAP Intensive Weeks is mandatory for all DNAP students, unless the student has extenuating circumstances for which he has obtained prior written approval from the VP/Dean/Program Administrator. Ten percent of each course is determined by attendance and participation in the Intensive Week courses for that quarter.
- Students must keep a current RN license and APN/APRN (as applicable) license for the state in which they reside on file with MTSA during the entire program. The student must also possess a current RN license for any other state in which he chooses to participate in educational experiences related to the DNAP program, such as the Capstone Project.
- During quarterly Academic Faculty Committee meetings, general observations about each DNAP Completion Degree student are discussed. Any recommendations by that committee are given to the Dean’s Council, which typically meets every other week. The Dean’s Council makes the final decision relative to any action regarding performance. Should it be determined that there may be a negative decision by the Dean’s Council (i.e., probation), the student will be offered the opportunity to discuss his performance with the Dean’s Council, prior to any decision.
- Completion of DNAP Student Medatrax (or Portfolio) Records: MTSA utilizes an online portfolio, hosted by Blackboard,to demonstrate DNAP students’achievementand scholarship.The DNAP curriculumhas been developed with the StudentLearningObjectives (SLOs) as thefoundation.Instructions will be given during the firstIntensive Week atthe beginning ofthe firstquarter (Fall Quarter)regarding the accuratecompletion ofthis portfolio. Each student is responsible for reviewing the program learning objectives and uploadingcourseworkthatdemonstrations the SLOhas been met.Thestudent will review the online portfolio and progression toward meetingthe SLOs with theirCapstone chairperson.Completion ofan online portfolio and successfuldemonstration ofallSLOs beingmet is a condition ofgraduation.The portfolio is a pass/fail project. It is thestudent’s responsibility to maintain the portfolio’s accuracy and completion.
- Other Documentation:Alldocumentation mustbe keptup-to-date,including butnotlimited to TBskin tests,proof ofinsurance,and nursing licenses (RNand APN/APRN).Allof these are kepton filewith the DNAP Program Coordinator.