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KU Nurse Anesthesia Education

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2019 Nurse Anesthesia Education Annual Student Fundraiser!

Catch up with friends, department faculty, and colleagues October 5, 2019, during a night of fun, music, food and drink, games, and more at Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, Kansas. Proceeds of this event help current nurse anesthesia students participate in medical mission trips, attend national meetings, and fund student scholarships.


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Thank you to the following sponsors for their generous support of the KU nurse anesthesia program and its students during the annual fundraiser event!

  • Platinum Sponsors:
    • Twin Oaks Anesthesia Services

    Gold Sponsors:
    • KU Department of Anesthesiology
    • Schreck Financial Group LLC/Joshua Bolan, financial advisor

    Blue Sponsors:
    • AVI Systems Tom Madsen, regional VP
    • Donna Nyght, DNP, CRNA, chair, KU Dept. of Nurse Anesthesia Education
    • Kansas Association of Nurse Anesthetists
    • Ottawa Anesthesia LLC/Conor Mulcahy, CRNA/Komla Badjalimbe, CRNA

    Crimson Sponsors:
    • Anesthesia Associates of Kansas City
    • Abiodun Akinwuntan, Ph.D, MPH, dean, KU School of Health Professions

Fall 2019 Newsletter

  • Learn about recent activities by current and former students, a new faculty member in the program, and more in the latest issue.

    "KU Nurse Anesthesia Alumni Newsletter - Fall 2019" on image from operating room.

KU offers a comprehensive, 36-month Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice degree in which registered nurses receive extensive education in both the academic and clinical components of nurse anesthesia. Founded in 1966, KU's program has produced a consistently high level of outstanding clinicians, educators and leaders in the nurse anesthesia profession.

The extraordinary academic and clinical resources offered by the University of Kansas Medical Center and The University of Kansas Hospital, along with outstanding clinical affiliate sites, enhance the student's learning opportunities. Graduates will have learned to administer anesthesia to all patient populations in a variety of clinical settings using all current anesthesia techniques. Nurse anesthetists trained here are able to function independently or in a group-practice setting.

As one of only two nurse anesthesia programs in the state of Kansas, KU plays a vital role in ensuring anesthesia care is available across the state, especially in rural areas. Certified registered nurse anesthetists comprise 70% of all anesthesia providers in Kansas and 83 percent of the hospitals in Kansas rely exclusively on CRNAs for anesthesia care.

AANA logo (image)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.

There are many reasons to choose KU!

Reasonable Cost and a Great Location

  • Located at KU Medical Center, the University of Kansas Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice program resides at a large, urban academic medical center with a substantial commitment to medical research and education. KU is rated among the top academic medical centers nationwide by the University HealthSystem Consortium.

  • The University of Kansas Health System is a nationally accredited Level I Trauma Center and offers the only Level I Burn Center in the area; both are certified by the American College of Surgeons and the American Burn Association.

  • A beautiful Midwestern city, Kansas City, Kansas, is centrally located and easily accessible, boasts a reasonable cost of living and provides a wide range of excellent educational and cultural opportunities.

Exceptional Clinical Opportunities

Learn from the Best

  • Ten full-time CRNA faculty, with extraordinary levels of experience as nurse anesthetists, serve as advisors, teach classes, and supervise students in the clinical setting.

  • More than 80 anesthesiologists at The University of Kansas Health System provide advanced clinical instruction. The speciality areas in which KU anesthesiologists have completed fellowships is diverse and impressive.

  • High first-time pass rate on national certifying exam. View 5-year outcome measures PDF document

  • More than 40 adjunct faculty at affiliate sites provide additional, invaluable clinical instruction.

  • Curriculum design allows integration of theory and clinical practice.

See also: 11 great reasons to choose KU's nurse anesthesia program

What Our Graduates Say


KSBN logo (image) Council on Accreditation accredited seal KU's nurse anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, 222 S. Prospect Ave., ParkRidge, IL 66068; (847) 655-1160 ( and the Kansas State Board of Nursing ( The University of Kansas is accredited by the North Central Accrediting Association through its Higher Learning Commission. Documents relating to accreditation status are available at the department office by request. Information for students.

View outcome measures from most recent 5 years PDF document.

Last modified: Oct 04, 2019

Applications are no longer being accepted for the class starting summer term 2020. The next application window opens March 15.

Standard application deadline: July 15

Early-decision application deadline: May 15

Students begin the program each year on the Tuesday after Memorial Day.

Questions? Please review the FAQ before contacting the office.

11 great reasons to choose KU's nurse anesthesia program