Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice


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Quick Facts

Degree Level
Doctoral Degree
Average Admitted GPA
3.42 (2019 DNAP intake)
Minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate and graduate required to apply
Application Cycle
2023-2026 Cohort: Dec. 1, 2021 - June 1, 2022
2024-2027 Cohort: Dec. 1, 2022 - June 1, 2023
Program Start
Summer Trimester
Admits per Intake
Up to 30 annually

About the Program

The Profession

Nurses first gave anesthesia to wounded soldiers during the Civil War, so nurses have been providing anesthesia care to patients in the United States for over 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, physician 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 Registered 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. Each May, a new cohort of nurse anesthesia students begins 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 AdventHealth system located throughout central Florida.

And the results are clear.

Nurse Anesthesia Program Outcomes
Final MSNA cohort graduated 2019
Initial DNAP cohort graduated 2021 (as of 6/1/2021)
MSNA Class of 2018 MSNA Class of 2019 DNAP Class of 2021
Cohort Attrition Rate 0.0% 11.1% 10.3%
Cohort NCE 1st-Time Pass Rate (COA method 1) 84.6% 75.0% 88.5%
National NCE 1st-Time Pass Rate 84.3% 84.3% 84.1%
Cohort NCE Pass Rate (1st-time and  2nd-time within 60 days of program completion) (COA method 3) 92.3% 87.5% 100%
National minimum annual NCE Pass Rate requirement (via at least 1 of the 3 methods) and Program threshold 80% 80% 80%
Program annual NCE Pass Rate goal (via at least 1 of the 3 methods) 90% 90% 90%
Employment Rate (within 6 months after program completion) 96.2% 87.5% 100%

Our program is held to highest standards.