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What is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)?

Nurse anesthesia is an advanced clinical nursing specialty. As anesthesia experts, CRNAs administer approximately 65% of the 26 million anesthetics given to patients in the United States each year.

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How does a Registered Nurse become a CRNA?

A student must complete an accredited nurse anesthesia educational program. Upon successful program completion, the graduate must pass the National Certification Exam given by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists to become a CRNA.

What does the Nurse Anesthesia Program include?

This program results in the awarding of the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice degree. The program includes 36 months of coursework including both classroom and clinical experiences.

Classroom curriculum emphasizes anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, and pharmacology as related to anesthesia. An emphasis on research prepares the graduate to implement evidence-based practice in the clinical setting.

Clinical education provides experience with a variety of anesthesia techniques and procedures for all types of surgery and obstetrics. This will be hands-on and take place at various local and regional medical facilities under the supervision of CRNAs and physician anesthesiologists. The clinical instruction of students includes all types of anesthesia including general, regional, and pain management.


We receive approximately 80-100 applications.

In the first summer, students are encouraged to work as their schedule permits. All summer courses in the first year will be delivered online. In the first fall, students will have some asynchronous online courses with some in-person courses. Employment is encouraged if the student desires during this time. During the first spring, all classes will be delivered in-person, and students may work outside of the program only if their schedule and planning allows. Please note that a minimum GPA of 3.0 must be maintained during the entirety of the program. Students who receive more than 1 C in the program will be dismissed from the program.

Transfers into the program will be allowed on a space available basis. Due to the inherent differences between programs, transfers between programs are rare. A maximum of 6 graduate credit hours are allowed to be transferred to Newman University's program and must be approved by the Director.

What are the TOEFL requirements? International students must have a RN license in the US. In addition, their transcripts must undergo a WES evaluation. Application requirements for international students can be found using the following link:

Submit a TOEFL or IELTS score (unless a bachelor's degree was awarded from a US university or college) of:
A paper-based TOEFL score of 600 OR
A computer-based TOEFL score of 250 OR
An internet-based TOEFL score of 100 OR
An IELTS score of 7.0

Acceptable ICUs include: cardiac ICU, medical ICU, neuro ICU, trauma ICU, etc. The Admissions and Progression Committee has found that successful applicants most often have adult ICU experience; however, PICU experience is acceptable to meet the critical care requirement provided that the applicant can successfully demonstrate proficiency.

Newman University Nurse Anesthesia Program does not accept NICU, PACU, ER, OR, POCU. Step down units do not meet the experience requirements.

  • Experience: 1 year (preferably 2 years) ICU experience
  • Licensure: RN
  • Undergraduate Degree: BSN (95%) Non-nursing Bachelor's degree with an ADN may be accepted with approval from the Program Director
  • Minimum overall GPA ≥ 3.0 OR ≥ 3.2 last 60 credit hours - Minimum science/math GPA ≥ 3.0 strongly recommended
  • The GRE is NOT required for application/admission to the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Program.
  • Prerequisite Courses: For non-nursing BS degrees, a statistics course and a research course must be approved by the program. Minimum grade of C is required. For all other students, a statistics course with parametric and non-parametric statistical methods is required. 

BLS, ACLS, PALS, CCRN (preferred) are required for application.  

All courses must be completed prior to the start of the program.

Unrestricted license as a professional registered nurse is a requirement for admission to the Nurse Anesthesia Program. Upon admission to the program, students must possess either a compact nursing license OR a Kansas registered nurse license (and if selected for an Oklahoma City primary site, must possess either a compact nursing license OR Oklahoma registered nurse license).

We currently accept 20 to 25 students (14 to 19 for the Wichita sites, 6 for the OKC sites) each year.

Program Format and Structure

All students are required to be on campus each week for didactic classes (during the semesters where didactic courses are in-person) regardless of where they complete their clinical rotations. 

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia, tuition cost, fees, and books is approximately $111,667 for 36 months (88 credit hours)

Scholarships are available from a number of local, state, or national groups. It is the applicant's responsibility to seek these out and submit appropriate application for these scholarships.


The NU Nurse Anesthesia Program's first time pass rate of 84% in 2020, and is above the COA requirement of 80% and the average national pass rate of 84%. The attrition rate for the NU Nurse Anesthesia Program overall (those students who start the program but do not complete it) is 1%, also well below the national average.