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Nurse Anesthesia

The Nurse Anesthesia program at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a specialization in Nurse Anesthesia. The program length is 36 months.

By moving advanced practice education to the practice doctorate level, nursing will join other professions such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, occupational/physical therapy and psychology. Graduates of this program will be prepared to become nurse anesthetists with a scope of practice comparable to the health practitioner with a clinical doctorate.

Program Highlights

  • Application deadline: March 1
  • Interviews held: April 
  • Term start: Spring 
  • Online and in person learning
  • Small class sizes 


The nurse anesthesia program's doctor of nursing practice stands apart for many reasons. Here are just a few of the attributes that make us unique:

Intimate Learning Environment
Small classes and one-on-one interaction with faculty provide an ideal learning environment. Our curriculum, taught by faculty who are practicing CRNAs in the Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine, includes core nursing courses in leadership, health policy and ethics, as well as an anatomy course with a semester-long dissection of cadavers.

World-Class Clinical Simulation Institute
You’ll put your classroom knowledge into action with clinical scenarios and skills labs through our Clinical Simulation Institute. Simulation is routinely used throughout our program to teach, train and ultimately empower our students with the full range of anesthetic procedures and equipment.

Clinical Training at Top Institutions
You’ll have an opportunity to fulfill your clinical training through affiliations with the region’s top institutions at Barnes-Jewish HospitalSt Louis Children’s Hospital, Children's Specialty Care CenterShriners Hospital for Children and Progress West Hospital

Exceptional Program Outcomes
Historically, our employment rate following graduation is 100%, our Certification Exam Pass Rate is exceptional, and our attrition rates remain low. These are all outcomes we are incredibly proud of and we strive to improve upon them every day.
Career Prospects
Our graduates are prepared to enter a high-demand profession. Nurse anesthetists have a variety of employment options following certification such as hospital operating rooms, surgery centers, clinics, and even small hospitals. Regardless of the setting you decide is right for you, our program is aimed at making the transition into one of these settings as seamless as possible.

The Nurse Anesthesia Concentration at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). (To find a list of COA accredited programs, visit

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Graduates of the Nurse Anesthesia Concentration will be prepared to take the National Certification Examination given by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) to become certified in the field.

Interested in learning more about our Nurse Anesthesia Concentration program?  Read about our admissions requirements or take a tour.

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