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 KU nurse anesthesia program received notification of a full ten-year re-accreditation from the directors of the Council on Accreditation. Effective June 3, 2020, the program's next scheduled accreditation review will be spring 2030.
Fall 2020 Newsletter
Learn about recent activities by current and former students, a new faculty member in the program, and more in the latest issue.
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
Students have access to a wealth of cases at both The University of Kansas Hospital and a variety of affiliate clinical sites.
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.
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 ..."
Graduates of KU’s doctoral degree in nurse anesthesia practice are eligible to take the national certification examination offered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists. Successful completion of this exam is necessary to possess the certified registered nurse anesthetist credential required for employment in this field.
National certification is recognized in all 50 U.S. states and allows graduates to apply for licensure in the state(s) in which they seek employment.