Above: Students from KU's latest nurse anesthesia class enjoy the annual KU alumni tailgate held before a home football game each September.
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 KU DNP in nurse anesthesia degree 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. The KU Medical Center is one of several branches of the University of Kansas main campus in Lawrence, Kan.
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 ranked fifth among 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.
Students have access to a wealth of cases at both The University of Kansas Hospital and a variety of affiliate clinical sites.
With over 18,000 cases per year, the clinical experience provides challenging and diverse preparation for a smooth transition to the workplace. See a chart of cases by KU graduates compared against COA requirements.
Graduates of the program are fully prepared for independent practice, as attested to by graduates.
Seven full-time CRNA faculty, who each have well over 10 years experience as nurse anesthetists, serve as advisors, teach classes and supervise students in the clinical setting.
Thirty-seven 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
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 ..."
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 students graduated in spring 2013. The attrition rate for this cohort was 9%. The first-time pass rate on the National Certifying Exam was 90% for the 20 graduates who have took the exam. All 20 of the graduates have passed the NCE and they were all employed within six months of graduation.