Nurse Anesthesia

No. 3 Anesthesia Education U.S. News & World Report rankingThe Doctor of Nursing Practice with specialization in Nurse Anesthesia (NA-DNP) prepares you with skills in anesthetic administration in a wide array of clinical settings to 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 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.

Dr. Chris Muckler shares more on the Doctor of Nursing Practice with specialization in Nurse Anesthesia program.

Quick Facts

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

  • Admission Term: Fall only

  • Application deadline: October 1

  • About the Class of 2020:

    • Attrition rate: 4%

    • National certification exam pass rate: 100%

    • First-time pass rate for Class of 2020: 100%

    • 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

  • Curriculum is an integration of DNP, APRN and nurse anesthesia specialty courses

  • Program culminates in 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 222 S. Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068-4037 | Phone: 847-692-7050 | Fax: 847-692-6968 |

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

  • Fall start only


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

Learn more about the Nurse Anesthesia Merit Scholarship


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