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.

Students and professor explore state of the art imaging equipment.

Comprehensive, Hands-On Clinical Sites

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, which include cardiothoracic, pediatrics, obstetrics, as well as opportunities in rural settings. Our clinical facilities are overseen by highly qualified nurse anesthetists and physician anesthesiologists. Clinical rotations begin in the second term of the first year.

Clinical sites include: Alton Memorial Hospital (Illinois), Boone Hospital Center, Christian NE, Heartland Regional (Illinois), Hedrick Medical Center, Lake Regional Hospital, Mercy Hospital Jefferson, Mercy Hospital South, Mercy Hospital St. Louis, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Missouri Delta Medical Center, Phelps Health, Southeast Health Center, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, SSM DePaul Hospital, SSM SLU-Anheuser-Busch Institute, SSM St. Clare Health Center, St. Francis Medical Center, St. Luke's Des Peres Hospital, Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital, University of Missouri Heath Center, and Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Three students studying together in classroom

Collaborative Study and Resources

Three students studying together in classroom

Small class sizes create an ideal learning environment of collaboration and discovery. Webster also offers exceptional on-campus library services with a reference librarian assigned to the nurse anesthesia program.

Nurse Anesthesia Academic Program

Webster's Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice, DNAP, is a full-time, 36-month program. Admitted students begin in the Summer term, the end of May/beginning of June and graduate in May three calendar years later.

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CRNA Completion Degree

Program Description

The doctor of nurse anesthesia practice (DNAP) CRNA completion degree assists the masters-prepared practicing CRNA with the opportunity to bridge their degree to the practice doctorate. The degree is offered in a 100% online platform to accommodate work schedules of practicing CRNAs. Consistent with the AACN guidelines and approval by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs, the DNAP focuses on equipping the nurse anesthetist with content areas that emphasize the clinical practice-oriented leadership through evidence-based research, quality improvement, intradepartmental collaboration and systems leadership.

 

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Nurse Anesthesia Department Academic Information

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, Illinois 60068-4001
Main Number: 847-655-1160
Fax: 847-692-7137
Email: accreditation@coacrna.org

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.

Learn more about accomodations at Webster University.

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 and 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 one copy provided to each student.
  • Stipend to attend the AANA Annual Congress as a third 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.

In order to fulfill the graduate research project requirement, students must develop and execute a research project. Webster University offers a variety of diverse and dynamic research opportunities, including bench, clinical, policy & protocol analysis and survey research. In conjunction with our PhD biological sciences faculty, we are able to offer hands-on laboratory bench research involving anesthetic agents currently in use in the clinical setting. The strong support of our clinical sites allows our students to develop and direct research studies applicable to clinical practice. These types of opportunities are directed by anesthesia faculty at the clinical sites and provide evidence-based results with implications for the delivery of patient care. Survey research offers insight into the academic, psychosocial and environmental impact the specialty of nurse anesthesia has on individual patients, practitioners, etc. Policy and protocol analysis fosters the review and implementation of practices that support best patient outcomes.

The types of outcomes gleaned from this type of research can be utilized to improve our anesthesia programs and our clinical practice. We believe our research opportunities are among the most vibrant offered in any anesthesia program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthetists, and we are continuously looking for ways to expand research opportunities.

The DNAP Program is committed to providing service to the University, the community, the profession and the nation. Faculty and NA residents become members of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and the Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MOANA). The program shows support by attending AANA and MOANA meetings, attending MOANA's Advocacy Day in Jefferson City and participating in an annual University service day. Our students are encouraged to serve in leadership roles within a variety of communities and organizations.

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

3rd year Students and faculty members attend the annual meeting of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). The five-day conference is a great opportunity to gain insight and knowledge from leaders and innovators in the field of anesthesia. This conference combines clinical educational opportunities with informational sessions regarding patient safety, wellness, legislative issues and the business of the national organization.

Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists

As part of the educational experience at Webster, not only are students afforded the opportunity to participate in activities associated with the national organization, the AANA, they are also required to attend the fall and spring state association meetings. As associate members of the Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists, MOANA, students are able to run for student offices within the organization and serve as the student representative on various committees. The program feels that opportunities such as these encourage a sense of responsibility to contribute to the profession and play a vital role in the professional development of a future CRNA.

Advocacy Day

Many nurse anesthetists play an active role in influencing state and federal legislation concerning patient safety, accessibility to anesthesia services, nurse anesthesia education and reimbursement issues. Every February, MOANA sponsors a day to meet with state legislators at the capitol building in Jefferson City. This function, Advocacy Day, is an opportunity for CRNAs to meet with their legislators and discuss issues vital to the profession of nurse anesthesia in the state of Missouri. Students play a key role in contacting and educating key members of the Missouri congress about proposed legislation affecting the practice of nurse anesthesia. It is a wonderful opportunity to get involved at the grassroots level and make a difference.

Other Meetings

In addition to the AANA annual meeting, there are other opportunities to participate on the national level. There are three other meetings offered by the AANA on a yearly basis. The Assembly of School faculty is a meeting held in February of every year that offers informational sessions for nurse anesthesia educators and program directors. This is an opportunity to meet other educators and share ideas. Students having an interest in pursuing a career as a nurse anesthesia educator are afforded the opportunity to attend this meeting.

Every April, the Mid Year Assembly is held in Washington DC. This meeting is very similar to the advocacy day event held at the state level. CRNA's who attend this meeting are educated on the current or proposed federal legislation that has the potential to affect nurse anesthesia practice. Students with desire to influence policy decisions are encouraged to attend this meeting. The result of attendance at the Mid Year Assembly is a better understanding of the effects of the decisions made in Washington on CRNA education funding and practice.

The Fall Leadership Academy is held in November. This meeting focuses on developing strong effective leaders for the state organizations. Any student with aspirations of leadership at the state level should consider attending this event.

National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists

The National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to promoting patient safety by enhancing provider quality in the field of nurse anesthesia. They accomplish their mission through the development and implementation of credentialing programs that support lifelong learning among nurse anesthetists.

Many students are interested in learning more about our Nurse Anesthesia program and the field in general. To that end, we offer prospective students the opportunity to attend our All-Class Conference (ACC). This Conference is held four times during the academic year, and held from 2-4 p.m. in the Browning Hall, ISB auditorium (ISB 160) located on our Webster Groves main campus. RSVPs are not required.

Location: Webster University Main Campus
Browning Hall, ISB 160
(Location may vary)
8274 Big Bend Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63119

Time:1:30-2 p.m. Pre All-Class Conference (Question and answer session for prospective students)
2-4 p.m. All-Class Conference

Dates: (subject to change)

TBA

For further questions about the All Class Conference, please contact the Nurse Anesthesia Department at 314-246-5927

Nurse anesthesia students in class using monitoring equipment

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Approximately 60-80 applicants complete the admissions process per year. The Admissions Committee invites 40-45 of the most qualified applicants for an on-campus interview. We admit up to 24 students each year. A few select applicants are placed on a wait list should a student have to withdraw from the program for any reason.

The most competitive applicants will have a strong and recent (within the last 5-6 years) academic background in courses such as physics, biochemistry, and organic chemistry, with grades of B or better. They also will have a strong professional background as a registered nurse in an acute care setting, obtained by working in an ICU and evidenced by their CCRN certification.

Applications for 2022 must be postmarked by September 1 of each year. Letters inviting qualified applicants for an interview are mailed at the beginning of October. Interviews take place at the beginning of November and decision letters are mailed within two weeks after the on-campus interview. Interviews take place on the Webster Groves, Missouri campus. Admitted students begin the program in the Summer term, end of May/beginning of June.

Beginning in 2023, applications must be postmarked by June 1, with interviews to be scheduled in August. Admitted students will begin the following Summer term.

No.

No. Students must be registered nurses, whether through a 2-year, 4-year, or accelerated BSN program. However, all graduate-level applicants must have a prior bachelor's degree in any field.

  • Purpose statement
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Nursing license
  • Current copies of your ACLS, BLS, PALS, and CCRN and any other continuing education certifications
  • Official transcripts for any course taken since last applying to the program

Re-applicants do not need to:

  • Submit new application, unless personal information has changed after submission of the previous application
  • Pay another application fee
  • Submit a new CRNA shadow verification form
  • Request official transcripts submitted for a previous application year (unless the transcripts are more than 3 years old)

If you have a lower cumulative GPA, it would be necessary to have evidence of strong post-graduation work. We look for a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 in the most competitive applicants. Specifically, the admissions committee seeks an overall basic science GPA of 3.0. If your science grades were below a B, we would encourage you to repeat some of your basic sciences courses before you apply.

No. Students are required to submit a shadow verification form from a CRNA whom they have shadowed. This step demonstrates an applicant's commitment to pursuing Nurse Anesthesia as a career.

No. A charge nurse would be more acceptable than a preceptor. However, a manager or supervisor is preferred.

You should contact the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. We prefer that you pass the Adult CCRN.

It is necessary to gain acute care experience in an ICU setting before applying. Competitive applicants will have extensive experience with bedside care and nursing skills based on advanced monitoring principles.

We do not encourage students to work while they are in the Nurse Anesthesia program. Between clinical hours and the academic rigor of the program, students would find it difficult to work. Weekends are usually spared for study and family time.

Nurse Anesthesia students at Webster follow a 9-week term system. There are five 9-week terms in a calendar year.

Clinical rotations begin in the Summer term of the 2nd year in the program. In the first year, students are in class for full days Monday-Thursday with clinical simulation held multiple times per week. In the second year, students are in class two days a week with 3 days spent in clinicals. The last year students have one day of class and 4 days of clinicals. There will also be some on-call hours later in the program.

Yes. Webster has 20+ clinical facilities, several of which are out of the St. Louis area. We have several out of state locations. Each facility offers a unique set of opportunities. All students are required to participate in at least one rotation (9-week term) at a rural, out-of-town location.

Yes. There are seven online courses.

No. This is a cohort program, meaning that admitted students each year take their courses in a set rotation that cannot be changed, even if students have completed graduate courses at a different institution.

Yes, in the form of student loans. Financial assistance from Webster University is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are degree-seeking students at Webster.

We highly encourage students to seek opportunities for outside sources of funding by creating a student profile on www.fastweb.com. For additional questions or to schedule an appointment with a financial aid counselor, contact the Financial Aid Office at 314-968-6992, or 1-800-983-4623.

Absolutely. Prospective students and applicants who have questions about the program and the admission process may contact our Nurse Anesthesia admission counselors. Please note that counselors are assigned based on applicant last name.

Emily Winslow
Graduate Admission Counselor (Last names A - K)
Email emilyhorn63@webster.edu
Phone 314-246-7836
Meghan Higdon
Graduate Admission Counselor (Last names L - Z)
Email higdomeg@webster.edu
Phone 314-246-7836

The following prerequisite courses are required:

  • Organic chemistry (3 credits) OR Biochemistry (3 credits): This course should not include any general chemistry content. A good indicator of this is a general chemistry prerequisite for the course. Courses that include general chemistry content (typically found in the title or course description) will not be accepted. Courses that combine organic and bio-chemistry are acceptable, but again there should be no mention of general chemistry content in the course title or description.
  • Physics (3 credits): college-level, algebra-based (calculus-based not recommended but acceptable)
Browning Hall

Browning Hall

Browning Hall

Browning Hall is located next to Pearson House off of Big Bend Boulevard at the northeast corner of the Webster Groves campus.

8274 Big Bend Blvd.
Webster Groves, MO 63119

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