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Beginning January 2020, the NAP will offer two tracks:

BSN_DNP Track: The program is a 36-month, 106-semester-hour curriculum culminating in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) nurse anesthesia specialization with a population focus of the family/individual across a lifespan.

Post-Master's CRNA Track:  Our post-master's track offers advanced standing in the DNP program for master's prepared CRNAs.  In this program, the master's Prepared CRNA will complete 37 credits.  The required course work can be completed in six (6) semesters and completely online with no campus attendance required.  Upon completion of the program the graduates are awarded a DNP degree.


What is CRNA?

Today, CRNAs administer approximately 40 million anesthetics each year in the United States (AANA 2014 Practice Profile Survey).

CRNAs are the primary anesthesia provider in rural America as well as in the United States military. CRNAs provide anesthesia services including obstetrical, pain management, surgical, trauma, outpatient in every practice setting in collaboration with surgeons, dentists, podiatrists, and other healthcare providers.


NKU Welcomed its First NAP Class in May 2017

The first 16 students entered NKU’s new three-year nurse anesthetist program, which includes 3,000 hours of clinical study, in May 2017. Graduates earn a doctor of nursing practice with a specialty in anesthesia.

“Sure, taking that leap can be scary, but all of us are here because we know we're hard workers. We know we're dedicated. We’re focused," said student Jena Bolte.

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Graduates are eligible for the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) National Certification Exam (NCE) and to assume the role of an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

Judy Audas, DNAP, APRN, CRNA
Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program



Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

The NKU Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

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