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Nurse Anesthesia  Doctoral Professional Practice


What is Nurse Anesthesia at WVU like?


The DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program prepares registered nurses to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) through a rigorous, challenging curriculum based on the Standards of Accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) and the DNP Essentials of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Only offered as a full-time program, students are required to take 88 credits over 3 years or 9 continuous semesters.

Nurse anesthesia practice covers the continuum of care from pre-operative assessment to discharge from the recovery unit. Nurse anesthetists interview and assess each patient to best formulate and implement an individualized plan of care while collaborating with members of a multi-disciplinary health care team. This curriculum features courses that prepare nurse anesthetists to translate evidence to practice and become organizational leaders. The DNP Nurse Anesthesia program prepares students through course work that develops knowledge and skill in anesthesia practice as well as in translation and implementation of evidence to practice to improve health outcomes for diverse populations.

Application Deadlines

Each graduate program sets their own term of admission and application deadline. Applicants can only apply for admission for the term displayed below. Any questions regarding the application deadline should be directed to the graduate program representative.

Fall: November 1

At a Glance

  • College/School:
    School of Nursing
  • Division:
  • Department:
  • Degree Designation:
  • Degree Program:
    Nurse Anesthetist

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What are the requirements to apply for Nurse Anesthesia at WVU?

University Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program at WVU an applicant must submit official, bachelors degree transcripts from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75.

WVU operates decentralized admissions. Decentralized admissions allows each graduate program to set its own application requirements in addition to the University requirements.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the Nurse Anesthesia graduate program an applicant must submit the following documentation:

  • Letters of Recommendation - Three
  • Résumé /CV
  • Statement of Purpose

Additional application considerations:

  • Current, unrestricted RN license. (Licensure in West Virginia will be required during the program and possibly one or more of the following states: Maryland, Ohio, and/or Pennsylvania.) - Degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program and a regionally accredited institution.
  • Minimum nursing GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Satisfactory completion of background check and drug screen prior to the first day of classes.
  • Cumulative GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on all college work attempted. (Provisional admission may be considered if the overall GPA is 2.75-2.99 depending upon space available and other qualifications.)
  • Minimum of 1-year post-orientation, and preferably 2-3 years of current, full-time critical care experience.
  • American Heart Association certification in basic life support and advanced cardiac life support. AHA pediatric advanced life support is required prior to the first day of classes.
  • Current, active, unrestricted RN license. (Licensure in West Virginia will be required during the program and possibly one or more of the following states: Maryland, Ohio, and/or Pennsylvania.)
  • Shadowing a CRNA prior to applying to the program is strongly recommended.
  • Competitive applicants will be invited for an on-campus interview. -Letters of good standing are required for transfer students or those that have taken courses in another graduate program but did not complete the degree."
  • Must submit proof of an active, unrestricted WV nursing license; American Heart Association BLS and ACLS certification.

Only applications with all completed requirements will be considered for admission.

International Applicants must also submit the materials outlined here.

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