Nurse Anesthesia

nurse anesthetist

Nurse anesthetists have provided anesthesia care to patients in the U.S. for more than 150 years. The University of Cincinnati’s Nurse Anesthesia program is one of the oldest existing programs of its kind and, with it, comes a long history of academic and clinical excellence.

The program transitioned in 2016 from a master’s to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree to meet the increasing, complex demands of the health care industry.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) administer anesthesia to millions of Americans each year and provide care to patients before, during and after surgery or childbirth. CRNAs practice with the highest degree of autonomy with other health care providers, including surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists and podiatrists.

Application Deadline

Spring 2019 Admission

  • Application Opens — Sept. 1, 2017
  • Deadline — Dec. 1, 2017

Program Requirements

The Nurse Anesthesia BSN to DNP program requires 36 months (nine semesters) of full-time study. Clinical experience begins in the third semester to allow students to integrate and apply concepts learned in the classroom.

Information Session

  • Sept. 20, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
    Attend online or in person at Procter Hall, 3110 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45221

Clinical Experience

Students begin clinical experience during the third semester. Clinical time and responsibilities gradually increase throughout the program.

Students benefit from a variety of clinical experiences at several clinical sites, all located within 25 miles of the university (many within walking distance). Experiences include a Level I trauma center, a Level III obstetric unit, one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals, multiple outpatient surgery centers, and several community hospitals.

Program Schema

Spring Semester 1 Summer Semester 1 Fall Semester 1

NDNP 8012
Advanced Human Physiology/Pathophysiology I
4 credits

NDNP 9001*
Informatics for DNP Practice
2 credits

NDNP 8002*
DNP Role Seminar
3 credits

NDNP 9004*
Biostatistics for EBP
3 credits

NDNP 8014
Advanced Human Physiology/Pathophysiology II
4 credits

NDNP 8016
Chemistry and Physics for Anesthesia
3 credits

NDNP 8010*
Finance and Economics of Health Care
3 credits

NURS 8002*
Theoretical Basis of Clinical Reasoning
3 credits

ANAN 8000
ANP Anesthesia I
4 credits

ANAN 8008
Advanced Pharmacology for Anesthesia I
3 credits

NDNP 9006*
Essentials of Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice
4 credits

NURS 8020C
Advanced Health Assessment
3 credits, (1 cr. = 3 lab hrs)

Total: 12 credits Total: 13 credits Total: 14 credits
Spring Semester 2 Summer Semester 2 Fall Semester 2

ANAN 8009
Advanced Pharmacology
for Anesthesia II
3 credits

ANAN 8002
ANP Anesthesia II
3 credits

ANAN 8020
ANP Anesthesia Practicum I
6 credits

ANAN 8004
ANP Anesthesia III
3 credits

ANAN 8030
ANP Anesthesia Internship I
4 credits

NDNP 9030*
Planning, Management & Evaluation of Programs and Projects
4 credits

ANAN 8032
ANP Anesthesia Internship II
4 credits

NDNP 9025*
DNP Practicum 1
3 credits

NDNP 9015*
Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
3 credits

ANAN 8001
Professional Aspects/Role Development in Nurse Anesthesia
3 credits

Total: 12 credits
Total: 11 credits Total: 13 credits
Spring Semester 3 Summer Semester 3 Fall Semester 3

ANAN 8034
ANP Anesthesia Internship III
4 credits 

NDNP 9035*
DNP Practicum 2
3 credits

NDNP 9010*
Healthcare Policy for the Doctoral Prepared Nurse                               
3 credits

ANAN 8036
ANP Anesthesia Internship IV
4 credits

NDNP 9038*
DNP Practicum 3
3 credits

NURS 8014*
Epidemiologic Methods in Healthcare
3 credits

ANAN 8040
Seminars in Anesthesia I
1 credit

ANAN 8038
ANP Anesthesia Internship V
4 credits

ANAN 8042
Seminars in Anesthesia II
2 credits

NDNP 9040*
DNP Capstone
2 credits

NDNP 9042*
Capstone Writing Seminar
3 credits

Total: 10 credits Total: 11 credits Total: 11 credits
*Course offered as Distance Learning/ Hybrid Total credits: 107 credits in 9 semesters

More Information

Contact the Office of Student Affairs at or (513) 558-3600.