Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice

Get the highest level of training and expertise in nurse anesthesia. Become better equipped to work in any hospital or clinical setting.

Degree options

Choose a path to complete your Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice degree.

For registered nurses (RN) who hold a bachelor’s degree. Earn your DNAP degree in three years.
For certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) at the master’s level. Earn your DNAP degree in one, two or three years.


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 percent of rural hospitals.

On January 1, 2022 and following, all students matriculating into an accredited program must be enrolled in a doctoral program.

Deliver anesthesia in settings like hospitals, surgery centers and dentistry.


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The program is fully accredited by the official accrediting agency for nurse anesthesia educational programs, the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia educational programs. The Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program at Missouri State University was awarded maximum accreditation of 10 years in the fall of 2016. The  DNAP entry level BS to DNAP and completion level MS to DNAP was approved by the COA in 2014.

For more information

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

10275 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 906

Rosemont, IL  60018-5603

Phone: 224-275-9130

Missouri State University is accredited to offer master's, specialists and clinical doctorate degrees by the Higher Learning Commission-North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.