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.
In recognition of National CRNA Week, KU students and faculty from the Department of Nurse Anesthesia Education visited Topeka on January 24 for “Kansas Nurse Anesthesia Lobby Day.” While at the Capitol, they met with elected officials, networked with colleagues from across the state, and promoted the role and value of nurse anesthetists in delivering anesthesia care in today’s health care system.
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.
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
Students have access to a wealth of cases at both The University of Kansas Hospital and a variety of affiliate clinical sites.
With more than 19,000 cases each 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 KU graduates.
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 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.
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
What Our Graduates Say
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 (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-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 .