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: On-campus only

    • Admission Term: Fall only

    • Application deadline: October 1

    • About the Class of 2019:

      • Attrition rate: 0%

      • National certification exam pass rate: 100%

      • First-time pass rate for Class of 2019: 88%

      • Employment rate: 100%

    • Program ranked #3 by 2018 U.S. News & World Report (rankings released every two years)

    • 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 only

    • 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

    Learn more about the Nurse Anesthesia Merit Scholarship
    Admission Requirements

    Visit the Apply Now page for details, and read on for specifics to the NA-DNP.

    The following requirements must be met prior to consideration for admission into the Nurse Anesthesia program:

    • Bachelor's degree with an upper division nursing major from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing education (CCNE).

    • Completion of application for admission, including copies of all post-secondary educational transcripts.

    • The bachelor's or post-bachelor's course work must include satisfactory completion of a course in descriptive and inferential statistics.

    • Basic Life Support; Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification & Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification.

    • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale) or evidence of outstanding graduate academic achievement.

    • Minimum science GPA 3.0 pm a 4.0 scale.

    • Completion of a graduate level science (i.e., organic chemistry, biochemistry) is recommended for the 2020 application cycle and will be required for application to the program in 2021.

    • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within five years of application (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections) with scores available before October 1. GRE scores are required and cannot be waived. Competitive scores tend to be 50th percentile and greater in all sections.

    • We strongly recommend and will eventually require a master's level statistics course that includes the following: Multiple regression, Analysis of variance (ANOVA), ANOVA for repeated measures, Analysis of Covariance, Effect size.

    • Personal interview (by invitation) with members of the Nurse Anesthesia Admission Committee will be offered to qualified applicants. Applicants selected for interview are usually notified on a rolling basiss.

    • At the time of application submission, the applicant must have a minimum of one year (two years preferred) current, continuous full-time acute care experience as a registered nurse in a critical care setting which offers the applicant an opportunity to develop as an independent decision-maker capable of using and interpreting advanced monitoring techniques based on their knowledge of physiological and pharmacological principles. Adult acute care experience offering on interpretation and use of advanced monitoring, care of ventilated patients, pharmacologic hemodynamic management, and independent decision making is preferred. CCRN certification is strongly encouraged. Experience areas preferred include:

      • Surgical Intensive Care

      • Medical Intensive Care

      • Cardiac Intensive Care

      • Neuro Intensive Care

      • Pediatric or Neonatal Intensive Care

      • Trauma ICU

    • Applicants must possess the physical and mental skills necessary to successfully complete the School of Nursing curriculum. (Submission of a personal statement describing the applicant's personal career goals and interest in graduate study.

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores from applicants whose native language is not English or who have not completed their high school and college education in the U.S. (Refer to the Duke University School of Nursing Application Admissions Procedures: Additional Requirements for International Applicants)

    • Submit the completed application and all supporting documents no later than October 1 preceding the August matriculation date. Incomplete applications will not be considered after the October 1 deadline.

    • E-Portfolio is not required.

    Successful completion of the nurse anesthesia program (83 course credits) requires a substantial time commitment averaging 50-60 hours per week (includes class time, clinical, and study time) during the 36-month program.

    The curriculum is designed for 36-months of full-time study. Historically, given the rigorous nature of the program, students find it difficult to subsidize their educational expenses through part-time employment.

    Application Procedure

    Due to strong demand and limited class size, early application is encouraged. The Office of Admissions and Student Services must receive the completed application with all supporting documents (evaluation forms, transcripts, GRE scores, licenses, proof of certifications, current CV, etc.) before October 1 of the year of desired admission (August matriculation). Incomplete applications will not be considered after the October 1 deadline.

    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 an applicant is selected for an interview, they will receive an e-mail inviting them to participate in an on-campus interview day. After interviews are completed, each student will receive notification of whether they are admitted, waitlisted or declined. Official decision notifications are typically released within four weeks of interviews. If admitted, complete an online enrollment form and submit a $1,000 deposit to confirm acceptance in the program.

    Supporting Documents Required by the Office of Admissions and Student Services
    • Official transcripts from all previous colleges, universities, and graduate schools attended. Transcripts must be submitted regardless of when you attended, how many hours you earned, or whether you earned a degree.

      • Transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution in order to be considered official. You may also collect sealed transcripts and send them all together in one large envelope.

      • Duke University School of Nursing will accept electronic transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution(s). These documents can be emailed to

    • Photocopy of current, unencumbered nursing (RN) license.

    • Proof of current certifications as stated on the application (Basic Life Support Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Life Support, CCRN, etc.).

    • Three professional references attesting to academic ability, professional competency and professional qualifications are required. One reference must be from an immediate supervisor and include a contact phone number.

    • Application fee of $50.

    Supporting Documents That Must Be Submitted Directly From the Sender (Not the Applicant) to the Office of Admissions and Student Services
    • GRE scores: Graduate Record Examination scores must be officially reported to the Office of Admissions and Student Services. Information regarding the GRE can be found at the Educational Testing Service website. Duke University School of Nursing's GRE code is 5156.

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    Embracing diversity is a crucial component for engaging with students, faculty, and the world. We think of it as diversity with a global perspective. Creating a learning climate where creativity, robust yet respectful debate, and a genuine respect for others can flourish. Fostering international research collaborations, developing global health initiatives, and coordinating access to health care for under-served populations. Educating next-generation nurses for leadership and service in the global community.

    Diversity with a global perspective assures a warm welcome—not mere tolerance—for differences in national origin, race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.

    We provide a safe haven where diversity can spawn intellectual engagement and collaborative partnerships.

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