Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice | Webster University

Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice

The Nurse Anesthesia DNAP program fosters expertise in the art and science of anesthesia and prepares students for practice as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

Clinical experience is an essential component of the program and is fulfilled through partnerships with private-practice and university-based clinical facilities. By the time students graduate, they have obtained real-world clinical experiences at these institutions in a broad range of general, regional and monitored anesthesia care to adults and children.

With so many advances in the medical arena, from cell biology, biochemistry and biotechnology, to genetics, forensics and surgery technology, the St. Louis region is in the heart of the rapidly developing BioBelt corridor and provides top career options for Nurse Anesthesia graduates.

Application deadline: September 1

Nurse Anesthesia Points of Distinction

  • Webster’s Nurse Anesthesia students consistently hold a 91% pass rate for first-time CRNA board exams and a 100% overall pass rate.
  • The program offers more than 20 clinical sites with clinical rotations beginning in the summer term of the second year. Dedicated rotations include cardiovascular, pediatrics, and obstetrics.
  • Full-time Faculty hold doctoral degrees and are specialists in their content areas. They share a passion for education and a commitment to learning.
  • CRNA faculty maintain active clinical practices, reinforcing their hands-on expertise with cutting edge advancements in the field of anesthesia.
  • Program fees cover out-of-town clinical housing, the SEE and NCE exams, annual liability insurance, attendance at one annual AANA Congress and many other supplies and requirements throughout the program.
  • Small class sizes create an ideal learning environment of collaboration and discovery.
  • Webster offers exceptional on-campus library services with a reference librarian assigned to the nurse anesthesia program.
  • The DNAP program is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).
  • Students gain valuable scholarly experience by completing, defending, and publishing a research project.
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    DNAP Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission include:

  • Current unencumbered United States (or territories, or protectorates) RN and/or APRN license. Out-of-state applicants must obtain a Missouri and Illinois Nursing license once admitted into the program. If your current licensure is from a compact state a Missouri license is not required.
  • Bachelor's degree in nursing or a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing program from a fully accredited college plus a nursing degree. The Webster University Nurse Anesthesia program does not accept any transfer credits.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate studies or evidence of outstanding post-graduation academic achievement.
  • Prerequisite Courses: Organic chemistry, 3 credit hrs. OR Biochemistry, 3 credit hrs. and Physics, 3 credit hrs., taken within the last 5 years. Labs are not required with these courses. All prerequisite courses should be completed, with grades received, prior to the application deadline.
  • A minimum of one year of experience in an acute care setting as a professional registered nurse (two years preferred in an adult ICU setting).
  • Proof of Current ACLS, BLS & PALS certifications and CCRN score sheet.
  • A personal interview
  • Applicants offered an interview must submit a criminal background check prior to the interview.
  • Accepted applicants must provide a clean drug screen prior to starting the program.
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    Application Process

Submit the following required documents:

  • A completed application may be submitted at
  • A non-refundable application fee.
  • Official transcripts from all universities, colleges, and professional schools. The Webster University Nurse Anesthesia program does not accept any transfer credits.
  • A one-page cover letter explaining why you have chosen to pursue the nurse anesthesia field, including any relevant information you would like the Admissions Committee to consider regarding your qualifications as an applicant.
  • A syllabus and/or course description for prerequisite coursework taken through an online program.
  • Prerequisite Review Worksheet
  • A current résumé, with detailed ICU experience, i.e. years, location, specific ICU title.
  • Proof of nursing license from, report should include all licenses and expirations.
  • Proof of Current certifications: ACLS, BLS & PALS certifications and CCRN score sheet.
  • Two letters of reference that provide an assessment of professional performance, continuing education, and character traits. Request one assessment from an immediate supervisor and one from a professional
  • A CRNA shadow verification form. (Download form here)
  • Any additional supporting information you wish to include, such as copies of certifications, awards, honors, and/or publications within the past 2 years.
  • A copy of your green card if you are a U.S. permanent resident.


Nurse Anesthesia Academic Program

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