Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice


Quick Facts

Degree Level
Doctoral Degree
Average Admitted GPA
3.42 (2018 DNAP intake)
Minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate and graduate required to apply
Application Deadline
June 1
Program Start
Summer Trimester
Admits per Intake
Up to 30

About the Program

The Profession

Nurses first provided anesthesia to wounded soldiers during the Civil War, so nurses have been providing anesthesia care to patients in the United States for about 150 years. Nurse anesthetists have been the main providers of anesthesia care to U.S. military men and women on the front lines since WWI. Currently, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are the primary anesthesia providers in rural America, and in some states, CRNAs are sole providers in nearly 100% of the rural hospitals. CRNAs provide anesthesia in collaboration with surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, podiatrists, and other qualified healthcare professionals. CRNAs practice in every setting where anesthesia is delivered: traditional hospital surgical suites and obstetrical delivery rooms; critical access hospitals; ambulatory surgical centers; offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons, and pain management specialists; the U.S. military, Public Health Services, and Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities. As advanced practice nurses, CRNAs practice with a high degree of autonomy and professional respect.

The Program

Students in the AHU Nurse Anesthesia Program have the advantage of learning in a Christian environment where each student is valued as a child of God. A new cohort of nurse anesthesia students begins annually to start the nine trimester, 36-month program. The first two trimesters of the program are didactically-focused, and the remaining seven trimesters typically consist of one to two days of class and three to four days of clinical assignments each week, which varies by trimester.

Students in the Nurse Anesthesia program have access to high-fidelity simulation labs, to include instruction in sonography-guided invasive line and regional block insertion. Clinically, AHU nurse anesthesia students have unparalleled access to clinical opportunities in the large Florida Hospital system located throughout central Florida.

And the results are clear.

To date, there have been 158 graduates from our Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program. Just over 80% of the graduates began their Nurse Anesthesia careers in Florida, and 50-60% accepted initial employment in the Central Florida area. Almost 20% of graduates started their careers outside of the state of Florida.

Nurse Anesthesia Program MSNA Cohort Statistics

Employment rate for Class of 2018 to be determined.

Our program is held to highest standards.