What is a nurse anesthetist?
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are advanced clinical nursing specialists. More than 47,000 CRNAs administer 32 million anesthetics in the United States each year. In addition, CRNAs administer anesthesia for all types of surgical cases, from the simplest to the most complex. CRNAs are the primary anesthesia professionals in rural America; in some states CRNAs are the sole providers in nearly 100% of rural hospitals. CRNAs work in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered: traditional hospital surgical suites and obstetrical delivery rooms, ambulatory surgical centers and the offices of dentists, podiatrists, and plastic surgeons. Learn more about a career as a nurse anesthetist.
- On January 1, 2022 and following, all students matriculating into an accredited program must be enrolled in a doctoral program.