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Nurse Anesthesia DNP

  • Delivery: 
    Primarily Online
  • Cost: 
    $973.75 per credit
  • Total credits: 
  • Credential: 
    Doctorate Degree
  • Admission GPA: 
  • Application deadlines: 
    August 1
  • Campus: 
    Twin Cities
  • College: 
    School of Nursing

The Nurse Anesthesia specialty prepares students to practice as certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA) at the highest level of clinical practice. This fast-paced program leads to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and national certification examination eligibility. Graduates possess expertise in a wide variety of general and regional anesthesia techniques, and are prepared to provide leadership in the practice setting.

The Nurse Anesthesia Area of Study is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs. 

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International Students

Applicants who are not US citizens or Permanent Residents should understand that the University of Minnesota’s DNP program does not meet the requirements for eligibility needed to obtain the appropriate F-1 student visa or status because the DNP has limited (fewer than four) face-to-face on-site classes per DNP course. During the application process, we ask that international students use ECE or WES credential services for the evaluations.

Program Format

The post-baccalaureate option of the DNP is a three-year full-time program.

All DNP students are required to come to campus for a four-day session (Tuesday through Friday) each semester that includes: core courses, enhancement programming, specialty courses, and meetings with their advisor.

In addition, students in the Nurse Anesthesia specialty are expected to be on campus for course work one to two days each week. Students also complete approximately 3,500 hours at clinical sites arranged by the school.

Recommended 3-Year Program Plan


Nurse anesthesia students complete the requirements for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, as well as the requirements to take the National Certification Exam for nurse anesthetists. The three-year (nine semesters) DNP curriculum integrates anesthesia didactic coursework, anesthesia clinical experiences, and DNP coursework.