The doctorate in nurse anesthesia practice is a comprehensive 36-month program in which registered nurses receive extensive education in both the academic and clinical components of nurse anesthesia. Students learn to administer anesthesia to all patient populations in a variety of clinical settings using all current anesthesia techniques, and graduates are prepared to take the national certification examination required to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, and the Kansas State Board of Nursing
Goals of the program
This program prepares the registered nurse to become a nurse anesthesia practitioner with the capability to deliver competent nurse anesthesia services, engage in research, and assume leadership roles in the profession. Strongly rooted in science, the program is designed for the most ambitious and brightest professionals. The basic science and clinical education opportunities help graduates succeed as advanced practice nurses with increased esteem, independence, and earning power.
Obtain an advanced body of specialized knowledge necessary to integrate didactic information and clinical data and formulate a comprehensive individualized care plan.
Demonstrate ability to plan and administer a safe and physiologic anesthetic based on knowledge and synthesis of anesthetic principles and basic science study.
Demonstrate an appreciation for the role, nature, and conduct of research modalities and their application to practice and professional growth.
Integrate ethical, legal, and cultural considerations with personal and professional value systems in nurse anesthesia.
Faculty and Clinical Instruction
Full-time CRNA faculty, each averaging 10 years of experience as nurse anesthetists, serve as advisors, teach classes and supervise students in the clinical setting. Anesthesiologists and CRNAs at The University of Kansas Hospital provide advanced clinical instruction. The specialty areas in which KU anesthesiologists have completed fellowships is diverse and impressive. Adjunct faculty at additional affiliate sites provide invaluable clinical instruction.
Applications for this program are accepted online. Detailed instructions on how to apply are posted on the KU Department of Nurse Anesthesia website. The application period begins March 15 and closes July 15 each year. All prerequisites must be completed before the program start date.
Admission to the program is increasingly competitive, and applicants who have completed all prerequisites by the application deadline are given priority in the selection process. Decisions about interviews will be made in the fall. Qualified applicants who are invited to attend a personal interview must attend their interview to be considered. Applicants receive notification of their acceptance to the program in the fall.
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution is required and must be documented by submission of official transcript indicating the degree has been conferred before entering the program. Official transcripts for all course work from all institutions are also required. A bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline such as nursing, respiratory care, biological sciences, health care administration, pharmacology, psychology, or sociology, is required. A bachelor's degree in nursing is not required.
Students with degrees from outside the U.S. may be subject to transcript evaluation indicating the degree is equivalent to a U.S. degree and meets the minimum cumulative grade-point average requirement.
- Applicants must possess a cumulative grade-point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for his or her bachelor's degree program.
- Applicants who are not native speakers of English, whether domestic or international, must demonstrate they meet the minimum English proficiency requirement.
- Applicants must be a registered nurse with two years of work experience as a licensed registered nurse. Experience as an LPN does not fulfill this requirement.
- Applicants must have a minimum one year of recent full-time experience in an intensive care setting as a licensed registered nurse. Experience as an LPN does not fulfill this requirement.
- License, or eligibility for licensure, as a professional registered nurse in the state of Kansas is required. Students may submit an application without holding a current license, but one must be acquired by February 28 of the year beginning the program. Additional licensing in the states of Missouri, Oklahoma, and Nebraska will be required while in the program.
- Students must have completed prerequisite courses in the following basic sciences: chemistry, human anatomy, human physiology, microbiology, and one course in statistics. Courses may be taken at an accredited 2-year college but cannot be taken for credit by examination. A pass grade will not be accepted unless the applicant provides written verification from the institution that the pass designation is equivalent to a grade of C or higher.
Applicants not having met all the prerequisites by the application deadline must submit proof of enrollment for any missing prerequisites. All prerequisites must be complete by the end of the summer semester of the year the applicant is applying to the program.
- A minimum grade of C is required in all prerequisite courses with the exception of human physiology. For human physiology a minimum grade of B is required and the course must have been taken within ten years of entering this program. Two semesters of combined human anatomy and physiology will also fulfill the human anatomy and human physiology requirements. If combined courses are used for this prerequisite, both must have a minimum grade of B and be taken within ten years of entering this program.
- Three references are required. The references must be from 1) applicant's nurse manager/supervisor, 2) an advanced-practice nurse or a physician, and 3) a former or current peer or co-worker. The recommendations may not be obtained from family members, friends, etc.
- A resume or curriculum vitae is required and must include prior employment including details of all RN and ICU experience. It should also include participation in professional and/or voluntary organizations (e.g., hospital, alumni or nonprofit.)
- A goal statement will be submitted with the online application and will include the applicant's educational and professional goals. The statement is limited to no more than 500 words.
- Graduate-level writing ability is required. Writing ability will be evaluated based on the goal statement.
- Shadow experience. Applicants must shadow with either a CRNA or an anesthesiologist to gain a better understanding of the nurse anesthesia profession through both observation and discussion. Applicants are responsible for arranging their own shadow experience and ensuring that the anesthesia provider completes the shadow verification form . The shadow experience may be completed at any hospital, including the student's current employer, or one in which a relationship exists with an anesthesia provider. Arrangements can be made to shadow at The University of Kansas Hospital but are limited by faculty availability.
- A personal interview will be held for selected applicants.
- The Joint Commission requires all incoming students to complete and pay for a background check. This one-time fee must be paid directly to the company performing the background investigation. For more information, please see the School of Health Professions background check instructions.
- Applicants are required to have completed certifications in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, Basic Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support prior to starting the program, and must remain certified while in the program.
- CCRN certification is optional but if certified a copy of the certification card must be uploaded with the application.
Applicants will be assessed based on these requirements. Admission requirements are subject to change. In most cases, use the catalog of the year student entered the program. Other years’ catalogs».
The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program at the University of Kansas is designed with clinical experiences, class time, and study time. During the first 2 semesters, courses are mostly classroom-based during regular weekday hours. For the remainder of the program, students are assigned in the clinic with variable schedules, including 12-hour shifts outside of regular business hours. Students continue to take theory, research, and other courses during this time.
Much of the program's course work after the first year is web-based. This design permits more learning methods to be incorporated into the program and allows students to continue to gain knowledge through academic course work while developing their skills in the clinic.
- Degree requirements are normally completed within 3 years of admission to the program although a maximum of 8 years is allowed.
- Successful completion of a minimum of 81 credit hours.
- Cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0 for all KU graduate coursework.
- Successful completion of the University’s Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship requirement prior to the semester the research practicum is completed.
- Successful completion of a leadership project as indicated in course list below
- Successful completion of supervised clinical practicum as indicated in course list below.
- Successful completion of a capstone project as indicated in course list below.
- Enrollment in a minimum of one (1) credit hour the semester the student will graduate.
- Students are required to maintain certifications in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Basic Life Support (BLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) current throughout the program (at the student's expense.)
- Students must meet the clinical requirements for practice as required by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. The requirements are posted on the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs website.
- Successful completion of a terminal evaluation which will incorporate standards from the "Standards for Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs – Practice Doctorate". The standards document is posted on the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs website.
- Successful completion of the following courses:
Core Courses (47) NURA 800 Professional Aspects of Anesthesia 3 NURA 801 Introduction to Clinical Practicum 1 NURA 805 Clinical Anatomy 4 NURA 806 Advanced Physiology 4 NURA 811 Advanced Theory in Anesthesia I 2 NURA 812 Advanced Theory in Anesthesia II 3 NURA 813 Advanced Theory in Anesthesia III 2 NURA 814 Advanced Theory in Anesthesia IV 3 NURA 815 Advanced Theory in Anesthesia V 3 NURA 820 Information Systems and Data Management in Anesthesia 1 NURA 831 Advanced Chemistry and Physics 2 NURA 833 Basic Principles of Anesthesia Practice 3 NURA 835 Advanced Physical Assessment and Patient Care Technology for Anesthesia 3 NURA 839 Regional Anesthesia/Pain Management 3 NURA 889 Introduction to Theory, Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice 3 NURA 892 Applied Statistics and Analysis in Health Care 3 NURA 901 Evaluation and Application of Evidence-Based Practice in Anesthesia I 1 NURA 902 Evaluation and Application of Evidence-Based Practice in Anesthesia II 1 NURA 903 Evaluation and Application of Evidence-Based Practice in Anesthesia III 1 NURA 904 Evaluation and Application of Evidence-Based Practice in Anesthesia IV 1 Core Courses Outside Department (14) NRSG 808 The Social Context for Health Care Policy 2 NRSG 812 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 PHCL 761 General Principles of Pharmacology 1 PHCL 762 Pharmacology of the Autonomic Nervous System 1 PHCL 763 Cardiovascular-Renal Pharmacology 1 PHCL 764 Pharmacology of the Central Nervous System 1 PHCL 765 Chemotherapy 1 PHCL 766 Blood-Endocrine Pharmacology 1 PRVM 826 Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing Practice 3 Leadership Project (2) NURA 912 Leadership in Nurse Anesthesia I 1 NURA 913 Leadership in Nurse Anesthesia II 1 Supervised Clinical Practicum (12) NURA 821 Advanced Practicum in Anesthesia I 2 NURA 822 Advanced Practicum in Anesthesia II 2 NURA 823 Advanced Practicum in Anesthesia III 2 NURA 924 Advanced Practicum IV 2 NURA 925 Advanced Practicum V 2 NURA 926 Advanced Practicum VI 2 Capstone Project (6) NURA 980 NURA 980: Scholarly Project 6 Total Hours 81
Degree requirements and course descriptions are subject to change. Any courses taken as an equivalent must be approved by the Graduate Director and the Office of Graduate Studies. In most cases, use the catalog of the year student entered the program. Other years’ catalogs».
The doctorate program in nurse anesthesia practice is a comprehensive 36-month program comprised of 81 credit hours in which registered nurses receive extensive education in both the academic and clinical components of nurse anesthesia. Students learn to administer anesthesia to all patient populations in a variety of clinical settings using all current anesthesia techniques, and graduates are prepared to take the national certification examination required to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists.
Typical Plan of Study
|NURA 805||4||NURA 806||4||NURA 801||1|
|NURA 831||2||NURA 833||3||NURA 889||3|
|NURA 835||3||NURA 892||3|
|PHCL 761||1||PHCL 764||1|
|PHCL 762||1||PHCL 765||1|
|PHCL 763||1||PHCL 766||1|
|NURA 811||2||NURA 800||3||NURA 823||2|
|NURA 820||1||NURA 812||3||NURA 839||3|
|NURA 821||2||NURA 822||2||NURA 902||1|
|NRSG 808||2||NURA 901||1||PRVM 826||3|
|NURA 813||2||NURA 814||3||NURA 815||3|
|NURA 924||2||NURA 903||1||NURA 904||1|
|NURA 980||2||NURA 912||1||NURA 913||1|
|NURA 925||2||NURA 926||2|
|NURA 980||2||NURA 980||2|
|Total Hours: 81|