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KU Nurse Anesthesia Education

Student Fundraising Event Oct. 2!

  • The KU Department of Nurse Anesthesia Education Class of 2022 fundraiser aims to assist students in funding mission trips, national meetings, and student scholarships.

    • Saturday, October 2, 2021
    • 7:00-11:00 p.m.
    • Location: Boulevard Brewing Company

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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 Health System, 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 by KU are able to function independently or in group-practice settings.

As one of only two nurse anesthesia programs in the state of Kansas, the University of Kansas 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% of hospitals in Kansas rely exclusively on CRNAs for anesthesia care.

AANA logo (image)The nurse anesthesia doctoral degree program is one of many academic disciplines available from the KU School of Health Professions and is located on the campus of the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.

Successful Re-accreditation

  • The KU nurse anesthesia program received notification of a full ten-year re-accreditation from the directors of the Council on Accreditation. Effective June 3, 2020, the program's next scheduled accreditation review will be spring 2030.

There are many reasons to choose KU!

Reasonable Cost and a Great Location

  • Located at KU Medical Center, the University of Kansas 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 Health System 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, Kansas, 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

  • Eleven 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 Health System provide advanced clinical instruction. The speciality areas in which KU anesthesiologists have completed fellowships is diverse and impressive.

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

  • More than 40 adjunct faculty at affiliate sites provide additional, invaluable clinical instruction.

  • Curriculum design allows integration of theory and clinical practice.

See also: 11 great reasons to choose KU's nurse anesthesia program

What Our Graduates Say

Graduates of KU’s doctoral degree 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.


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 ( and the Kansas State Board of Nursing (

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.

View outcome measures from most recent 5 years PDF document.

Last modified: Aug 23, 2021

The application window for the class beginning study in summer term 2022 opened March 15.

Standard application deadline: July 15

Early-decision application deadline: May 15

Students begin the program each year on the Tuesday after Memorial Day.

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11 great reasons to choose KU's nurse anesthesia program