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Nurse Anesthesia

At Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, we welcomed our first class of doctoral•  Program length: 36 months
students specializing in anesthesia in January 2020 as the Nurse Anesthesia Concentration of our Masters of Nursing Science program transitioned 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

  • 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 courses of research, health policy and ethics, as well as an anatomy course with a semester-long dissection of a cadaver.

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 and Shriners Hospital for Children; all located on the Washington University Medical Center campus.
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 run entirely by CRNAs. 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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