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Nurse Anesthesia-DNP

Quick Facts

Enrollment Mode: On-Campus Only
Admission Term: Fall Only
Application Deadline: October 15

About the Class of 2017

  • Attrition Rate: 6%
  • National Certification Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • First-time pass rate for Class of 2017: 100%
  • Employment Rate: 100%

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with specialization in nurse anesthesia prepares nurse anesthesia clinical scholars who are skilled in anesthetic administration in a wide array of clinical settings to patients across the lifespan. Graduates are prepared in the translation of research and other evidence into clinical practice, measurement of patient outcomes, and transformation of health care systems to ensure quality and safety. The DNP is well defined and addresses the critical leadership skills needed to translate evidence based care into practice, change systems of care and measure outcomes of groups of patients, populations and communities.

Program Overview

The Duke DNP with specialization in nurse anesthesia is a 36-month, 83-credit, full-time, on-campus program. The curriculum is an integration of DNP, APRN and nurse anesthesia specialty courses. The program culminates in completion of a capstone project addressing a process improvement/quality improvement/project affecting populations of patients, health care organizations, and health care systems in a clinical setting.

The Duke Nurse Anesthesia DNP program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) for Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. The COA offices are located at 222 S. Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068-4037 | (Phone) 847-692-7050 (Fax) 847-692-6968.


As a student in our Nurse Anesthesia DNP program, ranked 3rd in the nation by U.S. News & World Report (2018), you'll benefit from:

  • A variety of clinical rotations with a wide range of experiences
  • Dynamic and ongoing interaction between students and our dedicated faculty of experienced nurse anesthetists
  • An extensive student mentoring program
  • Outstanding faculty and clinical preceptors who are highly committed to each student's education
  • E-portfolio development

Graduates from our program have a CRNA certification examination pass rate of 100 percent. Following graduation, our NA-DNP alumni move on to practice all over the U.S. while approximately half remain in North Carolina.

All of our graduates find employment upon graduation. Some are now politically active in our state and national organizations.


Our faculty includes recognized leaders in the profession at both the state and national levels. Recent faculty awards include:

  • American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Researcher of the Year
  • Elected delegate to the AANA Education Committee
  • President of the Board of Directors for the National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists

Application Review

Once the application is complete the file will be forwarded to the Nurse Anesthesia faculty for review to determine interview eligibility. Candidates will be notified of the interview decision via e-mail through the Office of Admissions and Student Services. If a candidate is selected for an interview they will receive an e-mail inviting them to participate in an on-campus interview day. After interviews are conducted, each student will receive a secondary review by the Nurse Anesthesia DNP faculty. Decision notifications are typically released in late spring. If admitted, a $1000 deposit is required to confirm offer acceptance and as well as completion of the online enrollment form.