Photo of students in the Nurse Anesthesia doctoral program at the University of Scranton in a lab with their instructor.

Doctor of Nursing Practice - Nurse Anesthesia specialization

Program Overview

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Nurse Anesthesia program Nurse Anesthesia 2 is a full-time, rigorous, and comprehensive 36-month doctoral program that prepares registered nurses to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists.

We give students the opportunity to integrate classroom content with direct application of advanced techniques in providing anesthesia care to patients of all ages.

You'll learn clinical skills in a variety of environments, each of which offers experiences in
the anesthetic management of specialized patient populations. 

How To Apply

Requirements

The doctorate in nurse anesthesia is an 83-credit hour program for registered nurses with a bachelor of science in nursing degree. It can be completed in 36 months of continuous full-time study. 

Students are accepted for the summer semester to the full-time program and graduate three years later, in May. The first-semester summer courses are all online; the remainder of the courses are on campus.

During the first year:

  • Students learn basic principles and the skills required of nurse anesthetists.

In the second year:

  • Students continue with course work to advance their knowledge.
  • They begin simulation training in our state-of-the-art three-room operating suite.
  • They complete clinical rotations in hospitals and surgical centers. 
During the third year:
  • Students spend the entire year in the clinical setting, where they refine their anesthesia skills and prepare to enter the field.
  • In addition to coursework and clinical work, they also complete an evidence-based scholarly project.
View Curriculum and Course Descriptions View the Nurse Anesthesia Student Handbook

Clinical Opportunities

Clinical Opportunities

We have affiliations with numerous clinical agencies in Northeastern Pennsylvania and in southern and upstate New York. At many of our clinical sites, we are the only anesthesia provider students. 

Our excellent clinical opportunities are illustrated by the Class of 2020, who each averaged 843 anesthetic cases and gained over 2,000 hours of clinical experience.

Employment Opportunities

Nurse anesthetists work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Hospital surgical suites
  • Trauma centers
  • Outpatient surgery centers
  • Pain clinics
  • Delivery rooms
  • Dentists', ophthalmologists' and plastic surgeons' offices

Nationally, nurse anesthetists earned an average wage of $189,000 in 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Nurse Anesthesia Program Statistics

Class

Program Average Certification Pass Rate for First Time Takers 

National Average Certification Pass Rate for First Time Takers  

Program Certification Pass Rate for All Takers

Graduate Employment Rate

Attrition Rate%

Class of 2020

73%

85%

95%

95%

8%

Class of 2019

95%

84%

100%

100%

8%

Class of 2018

65%

84%

91%

91%

4%

Class of 2017

67%

83%

100%

100%

10%

Class of 2016

94%

85%

100%

100%

0%

Class of 2015

93%

85%

100%

100%

7%

 

Accreditation Status

The program 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

847-655-1168

https://www.coacrna.org

Program Administrator

Program Administrator

Ann Culp, CRNA, DNP, has been the administrator of the Nurse Anesthesia DNP program since 2018. She is a graduate of the Pittston Hospital School of Nursing and holds a  bachelor's degree in health care administration from Ottawa University. She earned her Master of Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from Case Western Reserve University.

 

Phone: (570) 941-5531
Email: ann.culp@scranton.edu