KU Nurse Anesthesia Education

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

The program draws upon the extraordinary academic and clinical resources offered by the University of Kansas Medical Center and The University of Kansas Hospital, along with a variety of outstanding clinical affiliate sites to enhance the student's learning opportunities. By the end of the program, students will have learned to administer anesthesia to all patient populations in a variety of clinical settings using all current anesthesia techniques. Graduates will be 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. CRNAs make up 70% of all anesthesia providers in Kansas and 83 percent of the hospitals in Kansas rely exclusively on CRNAs for anesthesia care.

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's Nurse Anesthesia program

nurse anesthetists in operating room (photo)

Reasonable Cost and a Great Location

  • Located at KU Medical Center, the KU DNP in Nurse Anesthesia program resides at a large urban academic medical center with a substantial commitment to medical research and education. KU has been 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 the only Level I trauma center and the only Level I Burn Center in the area 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

Learn from the Best

  • Seven full-time CRNA faculty, each averaging 10 years of experience as nurse anesthetists, serve as advisors, teach classes and supervise students in the clinical setting.

  • More than 40 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.

  • An additional 41 adjunct faculty at affiliate sites provide invaluable clinical instruction.

  • Curriculum design allows integration of theory and clinical practice.

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

What Our Graduates Say


KSBN logo (image)AANA logo (image)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 (www.aana.com and home.coa.us.com) and the Kansas State Board of Nursing (www.ksbn.org). 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.

Twenty-one students graduated in spring 2015. The attrition rate for this cohort was 12%. The first-time pass rate on the National Certification Exam was 86%. Each of the 21 graduates were offered employment within the first six months after graduation. View outcome measures from most recent 5 years PDF document.

Last modified: Oct 13, 2015

red triangle with exclamation point warningApplications are no longer accepted for the class entering summer 2016. The next application cycle will open March 15, 2016.

Frequently Asked Questions
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Important Dates
Before deciding to apply, please review the program's eligibility and requirements.
Application deadline: July 15
Program start: Summer semester (June)

11 great reasons to choose KU's nurse anesthesia program

Paul Bennetts photoKU's Paul Bennetts, clinical assistant professor, has been named one of the Top 20 Outstanding Professors of Nurse Anesthesia by Nurse Practitioner Schools. Read