Nurse Anesthesia

Nurse anesthesia is one of many academic programs of the KU School of Health Professions and is located on the campus of the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.

Beginning with the class entering summer 2016, the entry-level clinical doctorate in nurse anesthesia offered at KU is the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice, replacing the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. The program draws upon the extraordinary academic and clinical resources offered by the University of Kansas Medical Center and The University of Kansas Health System, along with the many outstanding clinical affiliate sites to enhance the student's learning opportunities.

Program Philosophy

The program is dedicated to helping its graduates achieve full professional competence. The practice of nurse anesthesia requires a strong nursing foundation. The nurse anesthetist must be able to interpret the multiple science disciplines that contribute to nurse anesthesia professional education.

The complexity of contemporary anesthesia practice requires this integration. The nurse anesthetist must be able to practice competently and apply intelligently the humanistic, scientific, and technical skills of the profession.

Mission and Vision

The mission of the KU nurse anesthesia program is to produce an exemplary nurse anesthesia provider fully qualified to deliver safe, competent anesthesia services to the public. The KU Department of Nurse Anesthesia Education, in concert with the broad overall missions of the university, School of Health Professions, and Office of Graduate Studies provides quality graduate education, specific to the practice of nurse anesthesia, based on sound research in a scholarly academic and technologically superior clinical environment.

The vision of the program is to produce highly competent graduates, dedicated to serve the anesthesia health care needs of the public who will be recognized as national leaders and role models for nurse anesthesia education.

For more details, please visit the department's website.