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Nurse Anesthesiology

Doctor of Nursing Practice


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-Center for World University Rankings, 2022


Doctor of Nursing Practice Program in the U.S.

- U.S. News & World Report, 2024-25

Quick Facts

Credits Required: 86
Cost Per Credit: $1296
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College of Nursing

Program Details

The Nurse Anesthesiology Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) specialty prepares ICU nurses to provide quality anesthesia care utilizing high scientific knowledge and practice expertise. You'll learn to care for patients during the perioperative period to be safe and comfortable during their surgical procedures using pharmacological and scientific techniques.

The DNP program is a hybrid program utilizing a mixture of online didactic coursework, on-campus intensives, and on-ground practicum and clinical placements. It is a practice-focused doctoral program emphasizing innovative, evidence-based professional practice and reflecting the application and implementation of credible research findings. The Nurse Anesthesiology specialization blends online, face-to-face (including required training sessions and orientations), and clinical residency learning within 36 months of full-time study. Students enrolled in the nurse anesthesia curriculum receive a broad foundation of educational preparation for the full scope of nursing theories, research methods, and anesthesia practice across the lifespan.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.



Earning your Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nurse Anesthesiology will build core skills, including:

  • Post-anesthesia care
  • Patient safety
  • Quality improvement
  • Hospital work experience
  • Ability to prescribe medications
  • Medical record management
  • Telehealth
  • Nursing care
  • Nursing process
  • Nursing practices
  • Care coordination
  • Trauma care
  • Critical care
  • Acute care
  • Clinical experience
  • Operating room experience
  • Measuring vital signs
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Discharge planning
  • Treatment planning
  • Performance improvement
  • Rehabilitation

Graduates of the Nurse Anesthesiology DNP program will be prepared to pursue the following careers:

    • Nurse Anesthesiologist
    • Nurse Practitioner
    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Nursing Supervisor
    • Nurse Practitioner