Become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

Webster University’s Nurse Anesthesia program offers students high-quality, hands-on training through clinical partnerships with 10 private-practice and university-based facilities.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have obtained real-world experience from eight to 10 of these institutions in a broad range of general, regional and monitored anesthesia care for adults and children. Explore below to learn more about our curriculum, which encourages professional development in and out of our classrooms and labs.

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Our Clinical Sites

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We’re fortunate to have access to more than 15 clinical sites and a state-of-the-art simulation center. These facilities afford us the opportunity to offer our students comprehensive exposure to a variety of specialist settings such as cardiothoracic, pediatrics, and obstetrics, and consist of both rural and urban locations. Some of our facilities include:

Nurse Anesthesia Academic Program

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The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). The COA is the accrediting agency for nurse anesthesia programs in the United States, its territories, and protectorates.

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)
222 S. Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, Ill. 60068-4001
Main Number: 847-655-1160
Fax: 847-692-7137

The Nurse Anesthesia Program retains a very low attrition rate:

  • The class of 2020 (18/19) had a 5.3% attrition rate
  • The class of 2019 (17/17) had a 0% attrition rate
  • The class of 2018 (16/16) had a 0% attrition rate
  • The class of 2017 (16/17) had a 5.8% attrition rate
  • The class of 2016 (18/18) had a 0% attrition rate
  • The class of 2015 (18/20) had a 10% attrition rate

Historically the first time pass rate for the CRNA exam is 94.4%:

  • The class of 2020 (18 students) had a 83% first-time pass rate and a 100% overall pass rate
  • The class of 2019 (17 students) had a 88% first-time pass rate and a 100% overall pass rate
  • The class of 2018 (16 students) had a 88% first-time pass rate and a 100% overall pass rate
  • The class of 2017 (17 students) had a 94% first-time pass rate and a 100% overall pass rate
  • The class of 2016 (18 students) had a 100% first-time pass rate and a 100% overall pass rate
  • The class of 2015 (18 students) had a 84% first-time pass rate and a 100% overall pass rate

The employment rates for graduates within 6 months of graduation remains at 100%:

  • The class of 2020 – 100%
  • The class of 2019 – 100%
  • The class of 2018 – 100%
  • The class of 2017 – 100%
  • The class of 2016 – 100%
  • The class of 2015 – 100%

The Webster University Nurse Anesthesia Program has an ethical responsibility for the safety of the patients with whom students and graduates will come into contact. Although students learn and work under the supervision of the faculty, students interact directly with patients throughout the anesthesia education process. Patient safety and well being are therefore major factors in establishing requirements involving the sensory, motor, cognitive, and behavioral abilities and characteristics described herein as “performance standards.” The attributes encompassed in the Performance Standards are broad categories, and are required in order to function in a competent manner in settings that may involve long work hours, heavy workloads, and stressful situations.

The Department of Nurse Anesthesia acknowledges the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Complete Webster University Disability services can be found here.

Students need to have the physical and emotional endurance to adapt to a demanding graduate program. Successful progression through the nurse anesthesia program requires the following abilities:


  • Discriminate variations in human responses to disease using visual, auditory, tactile, and other sensory cues.
  • Discriminate changes in monitoring devices and alarms using visual and auditory senses.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in English through oral and written methods in order to communicate with other health care providers and patients of all ages.
  • Comprehend written and verbal communications in English.


  • Coordinate gross and fine motor movements and the senses of touch and vision to competently and safely accomplish required responsibilities such as inserting intravascular access, administering regional anesthetic techniques, and performing airway management techniques.
  • Demonstrate sufficient physical strength to perform airway management, and move and position patients and equipment.
  • Sufficient stamina to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time.
  • Safely maneuver in the operating room and other anesthetizing locations.
  • Respond appropriately to alarms and changes in patient conditions that require physical interventions.


  • Use reason, analysis, calculations, problem solving, critical thinking, self-evaluation, and other learning skills to acquire knowledge, comprehend, and synthesize complex concepts.
  • Ability to discern and adhere to program and affiliate policies.
  • Interpret information derived from auditory, written, and other visual data to determine appropriate anesthetic management plans.
  • Apply theoretical knowledge to practice to provide safe anesthetic care.


  • Demonstrate personal and professional self-control as well as tactfulness, sensitivity, compassion, honesty, integrity, empathy, and respect.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency and situational awareness.
  • Demonstrate the ability to adapt and work effectively in stressful and rapidly changing situations.
  • Cooperate with other members of the health care team to provide a therapeutic environment and safe patient care.

Tuition and fees remain stable over the duration of enrollment (assuming continuous full-time enrollment is maintained) and are divided evenly throughout the program.

Tuition and fees listed reflect the class of 2023:

  • Application Fee $125
  • Tuition of $98,775 plus fees of $12,000 comes to $110,775 for the entire program.

Fees of $12,000 for the entire program include the following items:

  • University graduation fee and regalia
  • Housing for out of town clinical rotations
  • Course lab & research fees
  • Basic clinical supplies
  • Simulation supplies
  • Professional liability insurance (except for increases if uninsurable through the standard source)
  • Annual Recertification courses including BLS, ACLS, PALS, OSHA requirements and blood-borne pathogens certification, and
  • HIPAA requirements
  • One SEE exam
  • One Certification examination (Board exam)
  • Thesis binding and copying expenses with 1 copy provided to each student
  • Stipend to attend the AANA Annual Congress as a 3rd year student and possibly one other National meeting throughout the program.

Items not included within the tuition and fees structure may include, but are not limited to:

  • Health Insurance (required - may be purchased from the university)
  • Parking (optional but recommended)
  • Textbooks (required)
  • AANA Associate Membership Dues
  • Board Exam Review course(s)
  • University graduation fee

Further information about tuition assistance can be obtained from the University's Office of Financial Aid.

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