Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA)

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The Nurse Anesthesia Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares you to function as a nurse anesthetist in a wide array of clinical settings. It is a comprehensive Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) program that blends a strong academic curriculum with extensive clinical practice experiences.

For over 50 years the Rush Nurse Anesthesia program has prepared graduates to provide anesthesia care to patients across the lifespan at all levels of acuity, undergoing procedures of varying complexity. Rush CRNA graduates are leaders in practice, education and research across the country. To apply, you will need at least one year, preferably two, of recent ICU experience as a Registered Nurse (RN).

You will prepare to function autonomously and as a team member in the delivery of anesthesia and anesthesia-related services in all settings where anesthesia is provided. In addition to your advanced knowledge and skills in anesthesia, your competencies in leadership and systems-level thinking will make you sought-after members of anesthesia departments and professional organizations.

Quick Facts
Program Type:





36 Months

Class Size:



Per credit hour

Career Options

Demand for CRNAs is high and is expected to remain strong due to changing workforce and population demographics. Our highly recruited program graduates practice in:

  • tertiary medical centers
  • community hospitals
  • rural and medically underserved areas
  • armed services and Veterans Administration
  • office-based anesthesia practices

There are many opportunities for doctorally prepared nurse anesthetists including academic, administrative, and research positions.

Tuition Pricing

As a top ranked college of nursing, Rush programs are competitively priced on a local and national level. 


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 quality improvement activities. 

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
222 S. Prospect Ave.
Park Ridge, IL 60068
(847) 655-1160

Rush Nurse Anesthesia Program Performance Data:

  • Attrition for the most recent graduating class: 0%
  • Employment of graduates within six months of graduation: 100%
  • 2021 certification examination pass rate for first time takers: 96%
    • Overall 2021 certification examination pass rate: 100%


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