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Nurse Anesthesia

At Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, we welcomed our first class of doctoral students specializing in anesthesia in January 2020 as the Nurse Anesthesia Concentration of our Masters of Nursing Science program will transition to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.

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 new program will be prepared to become nurse anesthetists with a scope of practice comparable to the health practitioner with a clinical doctorate.

Program Highlights

•    Program length: 36 months
•    Application deadline: March
•    Interviews held: April 
•    Term start: Spring 
•    Online and in person learning


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:

Focused Learning Environment​
With small class sizes and experienced faculty, you’ll have the support you need to take on a wide range of coursework including advanced pharmacology, principles of anesthesia, graduate-level anatomy and physiology, and biostatistics. You'll spend a large part of your training in the operating room learning to administer anesthesia under the guidance of a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and/or an anesthesiologist.

A Balance of Convenience and Hands-On Learning​
The core DNP courses are offered online; however, the nurse anesthesia-specific courses are face-to-face. Thus, you'll get the best of both worlds: additional flexibility in scheduling and hands-on instruction with the experts.

Putting Knowledge into Action
In addition to completing a minimum of 2,000 clinical hours, students will conduct an evidence-based DNP project that meets the criteria of the AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.

Widening Career Prospects
Through its affiliation with Washington University Department of Anesthesiology, this program will prepare graduates to apply state-of-the-science anesthesia care for very complicated patients at tertiary medical centers. The graduate will be prepared to practice in urban and rural hospitals, as well as surgery centers and clinics.

We offer the Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Nurse Anesthesia to our full slate of  academic offerings. To learn more about starting your degree, review our admissions requirements and reach out to an admissions advisor using the form on this page. Please note that in addition to having a Bachelors in Nursing Science, a minimum of one year of critical care experience is required to apply.

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 the COA programs webpage.)

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

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master's degree, post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College is accredited by the Commisson 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.


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If you would like to learn more about the DNP Nurse Anesthesia program, fill out the following form to speak with an admissions advisor.

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