Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice

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 doctorate 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.

  • Academic
    Obtain an advanced body of specialized knowledge necessary to integrate didactic information and clinical data and formulate a comprehensive individualized care plan.

  • Clinical
    Demonstrate ability to plan and administer a safe and physiologic anesthetic based on knowledge and synthesis of anesthetic principles and basic science study.

  • Research
    Demonstrate an appreciation for the role, nature and conduct of research modalities and their application to practice and professional growth.

  • Professionalism
    Integrate ethical, legal and cultural considerations with personal and professional value systems in nurse anesthesia.

Faculty and Clinical Instruction
Our full-time CRNA faculty, with extraordinary levels 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.

The Department of Nurse Anesthesia Education is part of the KU School of Health Professions located on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, KS.