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Program overview

The first 12 months of this 36-month program begin with building a foundational knowledge in the sciences. Academic knowledge is then integrated with clinical experiences during the last 24 months through completion of anesthesia courses, simulation and clinical training. Experienced anesthesia providers guide student learning in every setting. The low student-to-faculty ratio promotes student success in the clinical and classroom settings. Like clinical progression, doctoral coursework progresses throughout the program, culminating in a scholarly project. These exceptional experiences will prepare you in planning and managing general and regional anesthetic care for patients across their life span.


Students spend over 50 hours in simulation. The human patient simulator provides opportunities for students and clinicians to experience critical anesthesia events that infrequently occur in clinical practice. Our program is unique in that it includes a comprehensive course on anesthesia crisis resource management.

In addition to high-fidelity simulation, nurse anesthesia students use a variety of training modules to learn complex and invasive procedures, such as advanced airway devices, central lines, spinals, epidurals, peripheral nerve blocks, ultrasound and more.


The deadline for application admission is Aug. 15 proceeding the summer in which you would start your doctoral education. Links follow to the admissions and application checklist, with information on the process, detailed admission requirements and the application form and to the recommendation request forms.

The Admissions Committee will invite those applicants whom it considers to be capable of the greatest success in doctoral studies and the anesthesia program for interview. Academic achievement, evidence of sound physical and emotional health, ethical and moral character, and motivation to undertake serious study are essential for graduate school success. Average class size is 15 to 18 students.

Program FAQs

What qualifies as critical care experience?

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs defines critical care as "where, on a routine basis, the registered professional nurse manages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (e.g., pulmonary artery, central venous pressure, and arterial catheters), cardiac assist devices, mechanical ventilation, and vasoactive infusions."

Do students get personal leave?

During the first year of the program, students are required to follow the vacation and holiday schedules of the University of Missouri - Kansas City. During each of years two and three, students receive 10 personal days and eight holidays for a total of 36 days. In addition, students are allowed up to seven professional days to attend national professional meetings, medical missions, and other preapproved professional activities throughout the program.

Can a student be granted a leave of absence?

Leave of absence is granted only under exceptional circumstances.

Are holidays observed during the clinical practicums?

The school observes eight holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day (observed the day following Thanksgiving), Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Students scheduled to work on a holiday will receive an extra personal day off in lieu of the holiday worked.

Is health insurance available?

University Health provides health insurance for the individual student at no cost to the student. Family plans are also available for purchase.

Is malpractice insurance provided?

Professional liability insurance coverage is provided by University Health for all students during the program.

Is housing or transportation provided?

Housing and transportation are the responsibility of the student. Students will be required to travel to clinical sites outside the Kansas City area. For clinical affiliate rotations more than 60 miles from University Health, housing is provided for the student. Currently, there is no cost to the student for housing at distant educational sites.

Is financial assistance available?

Financial assistance information is available through UMKC Financial Aid and Scholarships Department.

What time commitment should I expect?

Students will not be required to commit more than 64 hours per week. This time commitment includes the sum of the hours spent in the classroom and clinical setting. This does not include time spent studying for coursework, which is dependent on the student.

Will I take call?

Students are assigned to take call with a CRNA instructor only following the completion of basic orientation. Students do not have clinical commitments the day following call. Students are, however, required to attend any scheduled classes on their day off after call.

Can I work while I’m in nurse anesthesia school?

No student anesthetist, by position or responsibility, may be employed at any time to administer anesthesia, at any location, during the program. Part-time employment is strongly advised against and should not interfere with academic and clinical commitments. Students who have academic or clinical problems should not seek part-time employment as a nurse until such problems are resolved.

Do you accept transfer students?

The school does not accept transfer students from other anesthesia programs. Should a student wish to transfer to another program, all necessary records will be remitted upon proper request.

Is it possible that graduation may be deferred?

Deferred graduation will be considered whenever the student has not successfully completed the minimum clinical and didactic anesthesia requirements as defined by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

Why a DNP?

Completion of the DNP program encompasses the vision of the Institute of Medicine recommendations for future healthcare providers and advanced practice nurses. The degree is guided by the essential requirements set forth by the AACN, CCNE and COA as essential for doctoral level education in advanced practice nurse anesthesia.

What is the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists?

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is the professional association representing over 50,000 nurse anesthetists.

Is there a state association for nurse anesthetists?

Yes, each state has a professional association. Information can be found on the Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists website.

How is the job market?

CRNA job search.

Where can I find out more about Kansas City?