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University of Cincinnati College of Nursing

Nurse Anesthesia

Nurse anesthetists have been providing anesthesia care to patients in the United States for 150 years.  As one of the oldest existing educational programs for nurse anesthetists, the University of Cincinnati Nurse Anesthesia program has a long history of academic and clinical excellence. 

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are advanced practice nurses and anesthesia professionals who safely administer approximately 32 million anesthetics each year in the United States.  As a CRNA, you will provide anesthesia care to patients before, during, and after surgery or childbirth.  You will practice with a high degree of autonomy as you work collaboratively with other healthcare providers such as surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, and podiatrists. 

The UC Nurse Anesthesia program requires 28 months (seven semesters) of full-time study.  Clinical experience begins in the first semester to allow students to integrate and apply concepts learned in the classroom.  

We're excited to announce effective January 2016, the program will transition to a BSN to DNP program pending approval by the Council on Accreditation. Watch for upcoming details.

Career Opportunities

CRNAs practice in a variety of settings in the public and private sectors, including traditional hospital operating rooms, obstetric delivery units, ambulatory surgery centers, pain clinics, and physicians’ offices.  CRNAs may also work as administrators, researchers, or educators.  There are many different practice types available for CRNAs, including solo practice, partnership, or employment by a practice group or healthcare facility.  Compensation for CRNAs reflects the high degree of responsibility and autonomy associated with the profession.  Graduates of the UC Nurse Anesthesia program are highly sought-out by employers locally and nationally.

Clinical Hours

Students begin clinical experience during the first semester.  Clinical time and responsibilities gradually increase throughout the program.  All graduates easily exceed the number of hours and number of cases required to be eligible for certification.  Students benefit from a variety of clinical experiences gained at our eleven clinical sites, all located within 25 miles of the University (many within walking distance).  Experiences include a Level I trauma center, a Level 3 obstetric unit, one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals, multiple outpatient surgery centers, and several community hospitals.

Program Verification

Program verification for nurse anesthesia alumni graduating from 1945 – 1991:

Office of Student Affairs
(513) 558-3600 or (855) 558-1889

Program verification for nurse anesthesia alumni graduating after 1991:

National Student Clearinghouse
(703) 742-4200
Customer Service Hours: Monday – Thursday 9 am to 7pm EST, Friday 9 am to 5pm EST
Online Verification Services: – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

For More Information

Click here to receive more information about the program.

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


Wm. Terry Ray, PhD, CRNA
Program Director
(513) 584-2440