Nurse Anesthesia, DNP

*We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2021 cohort with a preferred deadline of October 1, 2020.

The Nurse Anesthesia (NA) program is a full-time, rigorous, and comprehensive 36-month program, which prepares registered nurses to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. Students are given the opportunity to integrate classroom content with direct application of advanced techniques in the provision of anesthesia care to patients throughout the lifespan. Clinical skills are learned in a variety of environments, each of which offers experiences in the anesthetic management of specialized patient populations.

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia educational program by January 1, 2022 or thereafter be enrolled in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree. Pending approval by the COA, The Nurse Anesthesia Program at The University of Scranton plans to award the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree by May 2021.  Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting the program at 570-941-5530.  

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Program Specific Admission Requirements

We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2021 cohort with a preferred deadline of October 1, 2020. All admissions requirements for the NA specialization must be met by the application deadline.

Applicants for the program must meet the following criteria:

  • Possess a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a CCNE, ACEN, or CNEA accredited program
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 or other evidence of ability to complete successfully a graduate program such as grades in other post-baccalaureate courses, scores from national graduate school entrance examinations, or a record of progressively higher work experiences
  • Be licensed as a registered nurse in the state of Pennsylvania
  • Minimum of one year direct clinical nursing practice experience
  • Minimum of one year of recent critical care nursing experience
  • 300-word statement of intention identifying career goals, demonstrating communication and writing skills
  • Personal interview with the program director or a faculty member to clarify goals and objectives
  • Current Basic Cardiac Life Support for the Healthcare Provider (BCLS) certification 
  • Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification
  • Current Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification
  • Completed two courses in college chemistry
  • Satisfactory completion of undergraduate or equivalent approved courses in basic physical assessment and statistics
  • Critical care registered nurse certification (CCRN) is strongly recommended, but not required.

For general application requirements, please click here.


The Doctorate of Nursing Practice - Nurse Anesthesia track is a rigorous 36-month, full-time educational program for post-baccalaureate registered nurses who are seeking the opportunity to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. The curriculum includes didactic coursework, simulation laboratory, and clinical experiences at the programs 15 Affiliated Clinical Sites where you will gain over 2,000 hours of clinical experience and participate in over 750 clinical cases with patients whose ages range throughout the lifespan.

First Year:

  • The first year of the program includes didactic coursework that is carried out both in-person and via distance education formats.  The focus of this first year is developing and exercising the knowledge and skills related to integrating evidence-based practice into the students’ clinical knowledge. 

Second Year:

  • The students begin to develop the knowledge and clinical skills related to the practice of anesthesia through didactic coursework and simulation laboratory sessions. Some of the clinical skills that students will learn in include patient safety best practices, airway management, patient positioning, use of the Anesthesia Gas Machine, medication administration, induction sequencing, and a variety of others prior to beginning clinical rotations.

Third Year:

  • The focus of the final year will be demonstrating safe clinical practice through varied clinical experiences, simulated crisis clinical sessions, synthesis of knowledge through the culmination of the DNP Scholarly Project and Portfolio Presentation, and preparation for the National certification Exam which is taken after graduation.

For additional information on the curriculum, please visit the Graduate Course Catalog.

    Why Choose Scranton?

    Nationally Ranked

    US News & World Report rated The University of Scranton among the 10 top master’s universities in the North in its “America’s Best Colleges” ranking.

    Jesuit Education

    As one of the 27 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, The University of Scranton is dedicated to developing the whole person.

    Faculty Engagement

    Learn from a faculty compromised of skilled educators who pride themselves in their teaching, professional nursing practice, research and service.

    Mission Statement of Nursing Department

    The Mission of the Department of Nursing at The University of Scranton is to prepare nurses grounded in Jesuit ideals, who are committed to excellence in practice for the 21st century and have the knowledge and competencies to deliver safe, evidence-based, patient centered care.

    Beyond the Classroom

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    Real World Experience

    The Class of 2016 averaged 802 anesthetic cases and provided over 1,600 hours of anesthetic care during the program.

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    Outstanding Facilities

    Students learn in a brand new suite of laboratories within McGurrin Hall, bringing the classroom experience to life.

    Successful Graduates

    Clinical Site Locations

    Geisinger, Moses Taylor Hospital, Easton Hospital, Lehigh Valley Health Network and Hospital, Guthrie Clinic, Veteran's Affairs Medical Center and more!

    Accreditation Status

    The Nurse Anesthesia Program at The University of Scranton is accredited by The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). In 2012, the program received the maximum accreditation status of ten years from the COA.  

    Date of Last Review:  10/2012

    Date of Next Review:  10/2022

    Accreditation Status:  Continued Accreditation

    Council on Accreditation

    222 South Prospect Ave. - Suite 304

    Park Ridge, IL  60068-4010


    By The Numbers

    Class Program Average Certification Pass Rate for First TimeTakers  National Average Certification Pass Rate for First Time Takers   Program Certification Pass Rate for All Takers Graduate Employment Rate Attrition Rate%
    Class of 2012 100% 89% 100% 100% 7%
    Class of 2013 100% 88% 100% 100% 0
    Class of 2014 75% 88% 100% 100% 21%
    Class of 2015 93% 85% 100% 100% 7%
    Class of 2016 94% 85% 100% 100% 0
    Class of 2017 67% 83% 100% 100% 10%
    Class of 2018 65% 84.3% 91% 91% 4%
    Class of 2019 95% 84.3% 100% 100% 8%

    Meet the Program Administrator

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    Ann Culp DNP, CRNA

    Nurse Anesthesia Graduate Program Administrator


    R.N., Pittston Hospital School of Nursing B.S.N., Ottawa University M.S.N., Case Western Reserve University D.N.P., Case Western Reserve University


    (570) 941-5588

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