Beginning with the 2019 application cycle, Kansas residents having completed all prerequisite courses may participate in the early-decision application process. Student interviews in this program will be July 8, 2019, instead of in the fall.
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.
Located at KU Medical Center, the KU 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 Hospital 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, Kan. 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
Students have access to a wealth of cases at both The University of Kansas Hospital and a variety of affiliate clinical sites.
Eight 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 Hospital provide advanced clinical instruction. The speciality areas in which KU anesthesiologists have completed fellowships is diverse and impressive.
The experiences that I received ... have made the transition into the real world very easy. My coworkers ask me for advice about the hearts because almost all their programs didn't provide a solid CV experience ..."
Twenty-four students graduated in spring 2017. The attrition rate for this cohort was 4%. The first-time pass rate on the National Certification Exam was 100%. Each of the 24 students were offered employment within the first six months after graduation. View outcome measures from most recent 5 years .
May 21, 2019
Standard and early-decision applications open March 15.
Standard application deadline: July 15
Early-decision application deadline: June 1
Students begin the program each year on the Tuesday after Memorial Day.