Nurse Anesthesia

nurse anesthetist

The University of Cincinnati's Nurse Anesthesia program has a history of excellence. The fourth-oldest program in the United States, established in 1945, the program currently ranks No. 22 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Our graduates are leaders in nurse anesthesia and include three past presidents of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetisis (AANA), the current AANA Executive Director and CEO, five Alice Magaw Outstanding National Clinical Practitioner recipients, and several recipients of the Florence Nightingale Award for Nursing Excellence. We are proud to have numerous alumni on state, national and international committees and boards.

Our faculty speak at the state, national and international level. They lead by example, serving on state and national boards, committees and taskforces, and they strongly encourage our students to lead.

Our students serve on AANA national committees and on state committees. Recipients of numerous awards, they attend state and national meetings and often give podium and poster presentations.

Our top-ranked, affordable DNP program offers much more than a degree; it broadens your skillset and perspective with the opportunity to:

  • Learn from leaders and active national speakers in the field
  • Be part of a distinguished network of alumni
  • Experience community work as part of your learning process
  • Get involved in regional and national committees

More Information

To learn more, meet our faculty and ask questions, register to attend our next information session, Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. Join us in person at Procter Hall, 3110 Vine Street, or online via WebEx. Register now on Eventbrite.

Degree Requirements

The Doctor of Nursing Anesthesia Practice 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.

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 9005
Optional Doctoral Writing Elective
2 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: 12-14 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: 107-109 credits in 9 semesters


Contact the Office of Student Recruitment at or 513-558-8400.