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Ignite Your Career! Become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.

The Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP) is a specialization of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) offered by the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) in the Department of Nursing Studies at Northern Kentucky University (NKU) in Highland Heights, Kentucky.

The NAP offers two tracks:
BSN-DNP Track which 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 which offers advanced standing in the DNP Program for master's prepared CRNAs.  With advanced standing, the master's prepared CRNA will complete 37-semester-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.
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). 


The NKU Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 222 S. Prospect Avenue Suite 304, Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001; Phone: 847-655-1160. The program's next review by the COA is scheduled for October, 2022.


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education


The Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Northern Kentucky University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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The college reserves the right to change the program of study as needed to fulfill state approval, regional and national accreditation, other certification organziations, and/or college requirements.

NKU Nurse Anesthesia Simulation featured on AANA website



Society for Simulation in Healthcare Accreditation

Simulation Center accreditation


Northern Kentucky University is named one of the world's top-tier learning environments for practicing real-life health care situations.  NKU's Center for Simulation Education earned teaching and education accreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and the Council for Accreditation of Healthcare Simulation Programs. NKU is the Commonwealth's only university to receive full accreditation, a feat accomplished by 183 other simulation centers internationally.

Link to the full article regarding this recent accreditation.


Applications for Summer 2023

Application window is open from June 1st - August 31st. 
All application materials must be received by August 31st in order to be evaluated.




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