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.
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Application deadline: September 1
Nurse Anesthesia Points of Distinction
- Webster’s Nurse Anesthesia students consistently hold a 95% pass rate for first-time CRNA board exams and a 100% overall pass rate.
- The program offers more than 15 clinical sites with clinical rotations beginning in the second term of the first year (week 10). Dedicated rotations include cardiovascular, pediatrics, and obstetrics.
- Full-time Faculty hold PhD's 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 annual AANA meetings 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 pending accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). The Master's in Nurse Anesthesia program is fully accredited by the COA.
- Students gain valuable scholarly experience by completing, defending, and publishing a research project.
2018 DNAP Admission Requirements
Requirements for admission include:
- Current RN license. Out-of-state applicants must obtain a Missouri and Illinois Nursing License once admitted into the program
- Bachelor's degree in nursing or a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing program from a fully accredited college plus a nursing degree.
- 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 and CCRN certifications
- A personal interview
- Applicants offered an interview must submit a criminal background check
- Accepted applicants must provide a clean drug screen
Submit the following required documents:
- A completed application may be submitted at webster.edu/apply.
- A non-refundable application fee.
- Official transcripts from all universities, colleges, and professional schools.
- 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 NURSYS.com, report should include all licenses and expirations
- Proof of Current certifications: BLS, ACLS, PALS, and CCRN.
- 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.
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