Nurse Anesthesia Program

    No. 3 Anesthesia Education U.S. News & World Report rankingThe Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Anesthesia (NA-DNP) prepares students with skills in anesthetic administration in a wide array of clinical settings for patients across the lifespan. The nurse anesthesia program 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.

    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. Graduates from our program have an overall CRNA National Certification Examination pass rate of 100 percent. Following graduation, our CRNA alumni move on to practice all over the U.S. while approximately half remain in North Carolina. One hundred percent of our graduates find employment upon graduation. Some alumni are educators, hold leadership positions, and are politically active in our state and national organizations.

    Dr. Chris Simmons shares more on the Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Anesthesia program.

    Quick Facts

    • Enrollment mode: Hybrid program (on-campus and online; nurse anesthesia courses are primarily on-campus; DNP courses are primarily online)

    • Admission Term: Fall only

    • Application deadline: September 1

    • About the Class of 2021:

      • Attrition rate: 7%

      • National certification exam pass rate: 100%

      • First-time pass rate for Class of 2021: 96%

      • Employment rate: 100%

    • Program ranked #3 by 2018 U.S. News & World Report

    • 36-month, 83-credit program

    • Variety of clinical rotations with a wide range of experiences

    • Dynamic and ongoing interaction between students and our dedicated faculty of experienced nurse anesthetists

    • Extensive student mentoring program

    • Outstanding faculty and clinical preceptors who are highly committed to each student's education

    • Our faculty includes recognized leaders in the nurse anesthesia profession at the state, national, and international levels. For more information about faculty, CVs are linked to each faculty's name

    • The program culminates in the completion of a Doctor of Nursing Practice scholarly project, with subsequent manuscript submission to a peer-reviewed journal, utilizing evidence and interprofessional collaboration to positively impact a selected population, organization, health care system, or health care policy

    • The Duke University School of Nursing Nurse Anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) for Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs through Fall 2023. The COA offices are located at 10275 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 906, Rosemont, IL 60018-5603 | Phone: 224-275-9130 | accreditation@coacrna.org

    Enrollment Option
    • Full-time, on-campus and online; nurse anesthesia courses are primarily on-campus

    • Fall start only

    Learn more about the Nurse Anesthesia Merit Scholarship

    Our faculty includes recognized leaders in the nurse anesthesia profession at the state, national, and international levels. Current and recent faculty awards, honors, and positions include:

    • 2019 American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Didactic Instructor of the Year

    • 2019 Duke Clinical Leader Fellow

    • National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) Continued Professional Competency Program Airway Core Module Panel Recognition Committee

    • Co-Chair for Simulation Subcommittee of the NBCRNA's Evaluation and Research Advisory Council

    • NBCRNA Evaluation and Research Committee

    • AANA Resolutions Committee

    • North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists (NCANA): Board of Directors, Treasurer, Secretary, Finance Committee member, Education and Research Committee, Program Planning Committee

    • Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Beta Epsilon Graduate Counselor

    • 2016-2017 Distinguished Alumni Auburn University Montgomery

    • 2016 Auburn University Montgomery's 50 at 50 Honored Alumni

    • 2013 Mary Hanna Memorial Journalism Award

    • International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL): Conference Planning Committee, Financial Oversight Committee

    • AANA Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Award

    • AANA Foundation Program Director's Award for Outstanding Research

    • AANA Journal Reviewers


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