Nurse anesthetists have been providing quality anesthesia care to patients in the United States for almost 150 years. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are advanced practice registered nurses and anesthesia professionals who safely administer approximately 32 million anesthetics each year in the United States. The changing demands of the nation’s complex health-care environment require that nurses serving in advanced practice specialty positions have higher levels of scientific knowledge and practice expertise than ever before.
Practice-focused doctoral programs are centered upon professional practice that is innovative and evidence-based, reflecting the application and implementation of credible research findings. The nurse anesthesia specialty blends online, face to face, and clinical residency learning within 36 months of full-time study (beginning in June the first year and ending in May of the third year). Students enrolled in the nurse anesthesia curriculum receive a broad foundation of educational preparation for the full-scope of anesthesia practice across the lifespan, nursing theories and nursing research methods.
To learn more about what it's like to be a nurse anesthetist, watch the video below featuring Kathleen Piotrowski, DNP, CRNA, clinical assistant professor and our nurse anesthetist specialty director and coordinator, who has been a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist for more than 20 years.