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Nurse Anesthesia DNP

Our Nurse Anesthesia Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares students with a strong ICU background to thrive as nurse anesthetists in a variety of settings.

This is a comprehensive Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) program. It blends a strong academic curriculum with extensive clinical practice experiences and impactful scholarly work.

The Nurse Anesthesia DNP program is ranked No. 4 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Graduates of our program become leaders in nursing anesthesiology clinical practice, education and research across the country.

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Fast Facts: Nurse Anesthesia Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
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Program Type:
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(Remote and In-Person)
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36 Months

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The Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), and meets or exceeds its published clinical and academic requirements. The program was re-accredited by the COA in May 2015 for the maximum 10-year accreditation period. Our next review is scheduled for May 2025. The program works collaboratively with COA on quality assessment and improvement activities.

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
10275 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 906
Rosemont, IL 60018-5603
(224) 275-9130

RUSH Nurse Anesthesia Program Performance Data

  • Attrition rate: 0%
  • Employment of graduates within six months of graduation: 100%
  • Certification examination pass rate for first time takers: 96%
  • Certification examination total pass rate: 100%
  • Program length: 36 months

Program Length and Location

This is a full-time program that takes 36 months to complete. You may choose to take core coursework as a student-at-large prior to beginning the program to lighten the course load.

Classes in graduate nursing, advanced practice nursing and DNP core content areas are offered primarily online.

DNP specialty practicum content includes 756 clock hours while the DNP specialty immersion residency involves more than 2,300 hours. These are well over the minimum standards set by the National Board for Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists.

Students with a master’s degree will initially have fewer credits per term compared to the requirements for students with a bachelor’s degree.

Specialty practicum and specialty immersion residency occur in a locked sequence, so the program takes 36 months to complete for all students. This is regardless of how advanced your prior degree is (bachelor’s or master’s).

You will obtain clinical experience at public and private medical centers and community hospitals. Initial clinical practicum experiences occur at RUSH University Medical Center and RUSH satellite locations.

We work closely with you to provide clinical experiences tailored to your interests while ensuring you meet requirements for accreditation and certification.

Your clinical time commitment will not exceed 64 hours a week, per the Council on Accreditation guidelines.

Program Tuition

At RUSH University, we know your education is a big investment. We want to make sure you have all the information to be able to make the best financial decisions for you and your family.

Tuition for the Nurse Anesthesia Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is $1,344 per credit hour.

Learn about student financial aid options.

Nurse Anesthesia (DNP) Career Opportunities

Demand for CRNAs is high and is expected to increase 40% from 2021-31, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The high demand is due to a changing workforce and population demographics.  

Many of our students are recruited while in training, and 95-100% of them have jobs secured before graduation. 

The median annual salary for nurse anesthetists is $195,610, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

You will provide direct anesthesia care, pain management and anesthesia-related care as you build careers in the following settings: 

  • Medical centers 
  • Community hospitals 
  • Rural and medically underserved areas 
  • Armed services and the Veterans Administration 
  • Outpatient facilities 
  • Office-based anesthesia practices 

There are many other opportunities for nurse anesthetists with a doctoral degree, including academics, leadership roles and research positions. 

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