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About Our Program

One of only two nurse anesthesia programs in Kansas, KU's program plays a vital role in ensuring anesthesia care is available across the state, especially in rural areas. Our graduates are eligible to take the national certification required to earn the certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) credential.

Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Degree

KU's 36-month Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice degree offers registered nurses an exceptional foundation in the academic and clinical components of nurse anesthesia.

Our dynamic 36-month program offers students the latest in experience, instruction and techniques needed for success in nurse anesthesia practice.


With a range of clinical affiliate sites, students learn to administer anesthesia to all patient populations in a variety of clinical settings.

Clinical Education

When you graduate from our program, you join a close-knit community of clinicians, educators & leaders in the nurse anesthesia profession.

of anesthesia providers in Kansas City are CRNAs
of Kansas hospitals rely exclusively on CRNAs for anesthesia care
anesthesiology physician-faculty at The University of Kansas Health System provide advanced clinical instruction.
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Ready to Apply?

Our program accepts applications from March 15 to July 15 each year for the class that will enter the following summer term. Learn about the steps to apply to KU's Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia degree program.
How to Apply

Credentials and Licensure

Graduates of the University of Kansas doctoral degree program 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. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists provides information on specific state licensure requirements.


COA accredited logoKU's nurse anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, 10275 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 906, Rosemont, IL, 60018-5603; 224-275-9130, and the Kansas State Board of Nursing.

KSBN logo (image)The University of Kansas is a member institution of and accredited through the Higher Learning Commission.

Documents relating to accreditation status are available at the department office by request

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KU School of Health Professions

University of Kansas Medical Center
Nurse Anesthesia Education
Mailstop 2020
3901 Rainbow Blvd
Kansas City, KS 66160
913-588-6612 • 711 TTY