Nurse Anesthesia

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists provide anesthetics for surgical, obstetrical and trauma care for operations and procedures that range from brain surgery to child birth. CRNAs practice with a high degree of autonomy and responsibility, and these advance-practice nurses are compensated accordingly.

Our Nurse Anesthesia is the fourth-oldest program in the United States, established in 1945 and is ranked No. 22 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Students receive support from 15 dedicated didactic and simulation faculty and more than 80 clinical faculty. In addition, the program offers a variety of experiences at clinical sites within 45 miles of the university (many within walking distance), including a level I trauma center, high-risk obstetric unit, one of the nation's top pediatric hospitals and multiple outpatient surgery centers and community hospitals.

Our faculty speak at the state, national and international level and lead by example, serving on state and national boards, committees and taskforces. Faculty foster a supportive, team-oriented environment and strongly encourage our students to lead by serving on AANA national and state committees, attending state and national meetings and giving podium and poster presentations.  

Our program offers much more than a degree; it broadens your skillset and perspective.

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Degree Pathways

UC College of Nursing's DNP in Nurse Anesthesia program is available to nurses at varying levels. Program pathways include:

  • BSN to DNP for nurses with a bachelor's
  • Post-MSN DNP online for nurses with a master's in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Post-MSN DNP for nurses with a master's in another specialty
  • DNP in Nurse Anesthesia for nurses with a DNP in another specialty

The college accepts transfer credit from other accredited nursing programs. Students apply for advanced-standing credit after confirmation into the DNP in Nurse Anesthesia program and transfer credit approval is subject to the program specialty director or coordinator. Students work with their academic advisor or student success coordinator to submit necessary documentation of previous coursework, including course syllabi and grades of B or higher.

Curriculum and Clinical Experience

The BSN to DNP in Nurse Anesthesia program requires 36 months (nine semesters) of full-time study. Clinical time and responsibilities begin in the third semester and gradually increase throughout the program.

Required curriculum and clinical experiences for degree pathways other than BSN to DNP vary based on students' previous program of study.

If you have questions, contact the Office of Student Recruitment at 513-558-8400 or