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The Role of the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) concentration in nurse anesthesia (CRNA) prepares graduates to function in a wide array of clinical settings. The nurse anesthesia concentration is comprehensive and blends a strong academic curriculum with extensive clinical practice experiences. Graduates are prepared to be expert advanced practice nurses, providing anesthesia care to patients across the lifespan at all levels of acuity, undergoing procedures of varying complexity. Applicants must have at least one year, preferably two, of recent adult critical care experience as an RN.

The changing demands of the nation's complex health care environment require that nurses serving in specialty positions have the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise possible. The BSN/MSN - DNP with specialty certification curriculum builds on traditional clinical master's programs by providing additional education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, systems leadership and other content areas that will lead to improved clinical outcomes in complex systems.

Important Program Information

On-Campus and Online Information Sessions available! It is highly recommended to attend one of these sessions if you would like to learn more about the program from faculty and staff.

 Program Highlights and Opportunities 
  • A combination of grant and scholarship support provides a significant tuition offset in the range of $12,000 to $14,000. 
  • New simulation center scheduled for opening June 2014.
  • The on-campus Rush University College of Nursing CRNA program is available to both bachelor's- and master's-prepared nurses wishing to attain a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. 
  • The demand for nurse anesthetists is high and expected to remain strong due to changing workforce and population demographics. Ranked among the top three nurse anesthesia programs in the country by U.S.News & World Report, Rush University nurse anesthesia graduates are highly recruited. 
  • Most student clinical experience occurs at Rush University Medical Center, where there are over 40 anesthetizing locations; other clinical sites are located in the Chicago metro area.
  • The Rush University Simulation Lab and its resources are used across the nurse anesthesia curriculum to provide valuable pre-clinical and crisis management skills.
  • CRNAs practice in tertiary medical centers, community hospitals, rural areas, academic settings, as well as in private practice. There are many opportunities for doctorally-prepared nurse anesthetists including academic, administrative and research positions.
Certification and Accreditation

The program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), and meets or exceeds its published clinical and academic requirements ( Graduates of the nurse anesthesia program are eligible to take the National Certification Examination offered by the National Board for Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).  


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