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Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nurse Anesthesia Degree Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program in nurse anesthesia is a comprehensive 36-month program in which registered nurses receive extensive education in both the academic and clinical components of nurse anesthesia. Students learn to administer anesthesia to all patient populations in a variety of clinical settings using all current anesthesia techniques, and graduates are prepared to take the national certification examination required to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists.

The Nurse Anesthesia Program is converting from a Master of Science degree to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) degree. This change was approved by the accrediting organization, the Council on Accreditation (COA) in May 2012. Students who entered the program before approval of this change will graduate with an M.S. in Nurse Anesthesia. Students who enter the program after approval of the change will graduate with a D.N.P. with a specialization in Nurse Anesthesia.

The program is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, and the Kansas State Board of Nursing. KU is accredited by the North Central Association through its Higher Learning Commission.

The Department of Nurse Anesthesia Education is on the second floor of Delp Pavilion on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan. It is part of the KU School of Health Professions.

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