Master of Nurse Anesthesia

Important Notice

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating in a nurse anesthesia educational program on January 1, 2022 or thereafter be enrolled in a program accredited by the COA to award a doctoral degree.

We are pleased to announce that the Newman University Nurse Anesthesia Program has been granted approval by the COA, the Kansas State Board of Nursing, and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to award the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) degree!

***No further applications for a Master's Degree will be accepted***

Designed for the baccalaureate-prepared registered nurse who wishes to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

The program offers both didactic and clinical education to enable the graduate student to acquire the knowledge, skills, and competence necessary to assume an advanced practice role.


Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  • Integrate chemistry, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacokinetics of anesthesia and adjunct drugs into working care plans
  • Recognize chemical structures of anesthesia and adjunct drugs and make lateral applications based upon drug profiles and kinetics
  • Discuss normal physiology and anatomy of the central nervous system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, renal system, endocrine system and digestive system
  • Discuss the normal physiologic changes of pregnancy, the physiologic changes in disease/high risk states in pregnancy, and apply the information in the administration of anesthesia to the parturient for delivery and surgical conditions not resulting in delivery
  • Explain the pathophysiology of various congenital heart diseases, coronary artery disease, and adult valvular heart disease Identify the anatomy necessary to safely administer regional anesthesia;
  • Discuss issues related to the practice of nurse anesthesia, including ethics, history, reimbursement, managed care and the business of anesthesia
  • Design and conduct a research project.

Program Curriculum

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The curriculum is 24 months long and has been designed for the registered professional nurse with a baccalaureate degree. The six-semester graduate program is continuous and sequential. All academic courses will be taught by the faculty at Newman University, or adjunct faculty who are specialists in these areas

NAN 6014 Basic Principles of Nurse Anesthesia 4   NAN 6013 Advanced Physical Assessment 3
NAN 6023 Pharmacology for Anesthesia 3   NAN 6033 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NAN 6004 Applied Anatomy 4   NAN 6043 Advanced Physiology 3
NAN 6024 Chemistry & Physics for Anesthesia 4   NAN 6022 Regional Anesthesia 2
NAN 6042 Professional Issues 2   NAN 6053 Clinical Practicum #1 3
Total 17   Total 14
SUMMER #1   Fall #2
NAN 6062 Pathophysiology of Anesthesia 2   NAN 6143 Research Methods 3
NAN 6073 Clinical Practicum #2 3   NAN 6034 Advanced Pathophysiology 4
Total 5   NAN 6083 Clinical Practicum #3 3
          Total 10
Spring #2   Summer #2
NAN 6132 Senior Seminar #1 2   NAN 6141 Senior Seminar #2 1
NAN 8953 Thesis/Research 3   NAN 6123 Clinical Practicum #5 3
NAN 6102 Pathophysiology of Anesthesia #2 2   Total 4
NAN 6113 Clinical Practicum #4 3   Program Credit Totals 60
Renew ACLS & PALS 0   Clinical Clock Hours 2,400
Total 10          

Instructional Techniques

One-to-one instructor/student ratio, lecture, lab, self-directed study, and structured learning.  Clinical portion consists of hands-on approach to the administration of anesthesia.