KU Nurse Anesthesia Education

group photo of six people standing in front of two flags in Peru

Third-year nurse anesthesia student Narda Lyons traveled to Lima, Peru, with Anthony Kovac, M.D., professor of anesthesiology, to visit Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Neoplasicas (INEN). While there, Lyons presented an anesthesia lecture to residents as part of her scholarly project.

They were also able to meet with officials at the national pediatric hospital in Peru, Instituto Nacional de Salud del Nino San Borja, during their visit in April.  Photos

Promo spot: KU nurse anesthesia annual fundraiser celebrating 50 years of nurse anesthesia education; Oct 7, 7 p.m. Boulevard Brewing Company; live music food & beer, patio, games, silent auction closing, and much more!

Special thank you to this year's event sponsors:

Gold Sponsor
• Joshua Bolan, Schreck Financial Group LLC

Blue Sponsors
• Robert Simari, M.D., Interim Executive Vice Chancellor, University of Kansas Medical Center

Donna Nyght, DNP, CRNA, Chair, KU Department of Nurse Anesthesia Education

Crimson Sponsors
• Anesthesia Associates of Kansas City
• Tom Madsen, Reg. VP
• AVI Systems
• Abiodun Akinwuntan, Ph.D., MPH, MBA, Dean, KU School of Health Professions
• Carol Elliott, Ph.D., MPA, CRNA, Professor Emerita
KU Department of Nurse Anesthesia Education

Honorable Mention
Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency, Inc.

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 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

Learn from the Best

  • 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 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.

  • More than 40 adjunct faculty at affiliate sites provide additional, 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) 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 (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: Sep 20, 2017

red triangle with exclamation point warning The application window for this year has closed. Applications for the class entering summer 2019 will be available here March 15, 2018.

Application deadline: July 15
Program start: Summer semester (June)

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11 great reasons to choose KU's nurse anesthesia program