This DNP program specialty prepares students to practice as a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) at the highest level of clinical practice. This fast-paced program leads to a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and national certification examination eligibility.
What makes our program distinct?
- This Doctor of Nursing Practice Program's specialty in nurse anesthesia is one of 16 such DNP programs in the country
- Specialty offered through one of the top five percent of DNP programs in the United States, nationally known for strong teaching, research and clinical faculty
- Small class size allows for individual attention and a close faculty/student relationship
- Strong student wellness program
- A faculty commitment to diversity
- Urban and rural rotations provide a wide range of experiences for student learners
- Excellent clinical preceptors who are highly committed to each student’s learning
- Students gain experience placing invasive monitors and regional anesthetics of all types
- A robust simulation program to allow students to go right from the lecture hall to practice procedures in a safe learning environment
- Faculty who are dedicated and committed to each student becoming the very best clinician they can be
Prepare for nurse anesthesia practice at the highest level
The Nurse Anesthesia Specialty prepares Registered Nurses to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) who are prepared for nurse anesthesia practice at the highest level. Graduates will possess expertise in general and regional anesthesia techniques, and will be prepared to provide leadership in the practice setting.
Learn more about the program including curriculum, clinical care sites, and what's required to apply.
Length and Commitment
3-year, Full-time Program
1–2 days each week for coursework; each semester a 4-day session (Tuesday–Friday) that includes core courses, enhancement programming, specialty courses and advisor meetings.
Complete approximately 3,000 hours at clinical sites arranged by the school
The Nurse Anesthesia Area of Study is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs. In November of 2019, the University of Minnesota Nurse Anesthesia Area of Study received the maximum 10-year accreditation approval from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. The program will be scheduled for its next consideration of continued accreditation in fall 2029. The program was the first nurse anesthesia program in the U.S. to be accredited to offer the entry-level Doctor of Nursing Practice.
Accurate information about the University of Minnesota Nurse Anesthesia Program can be found at:
Council on Accreditation
222 S. Prospect Ave.
Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001
Nurse anesthesia students complete the requirements for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, as well as the requirements to take the National Certification Exam for nurse anesthetists. The three-year (9 semesters) DNP curriculum integrates anesthesia didactic coursework, anesthesia clinical experiences, and DNP coursework.
For the most recent graduating class (August 2019), the first time pass rate for the National Certification Examination (NCE) was 100%. The attrition rate for the most recent class was zero. The percentage of graduates employed within six months of graduation was 100 percent.