Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice

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.

Why study at the Missouri State School of Anesthesia?

  • Small classes allow you to develop relationships with other students and faculty in the program.
  • A combination of didactic and clinical courses provides hands-on training along with classroom knowledge.
  • You’ll join a strong alumni network with over 650 working graduates, making you more equipped to work in any hospital or clinical setting.
  • The Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) is a clinical doctorate specific to the practice of anesthesia.

Careers and Outcomes

Expand your options for lifetime success. Earning your Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice gives you the highest level of training in this critical care area.


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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.
COA Accreditation

For more information

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
222 South Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone: 847-655-1160

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.